Crispy Garlic Mint Pressed Tofu

This was my first time pressing tofu, and wow, am I glad I did! It’s a keeper and has a solid place in my repertoire for when vegetarian friends come for dinner. I know some people aren’t a big fan of tofu’s spongy wet texture, so this is a great way to get away from that while still being able to enjoy the benefits of this inexpensive and lean source of protein. I’d almost describe the pressed tofu as having a chicken texture, in fact it quite looks like a thin strip of chicken when you cut into it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh mint

DIRECTIONS

  • Cut tofu crosswise into 4 slabs. Firmly blot each slab between paper towel to remove excess water.
  • To make marinade, combine all remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Cover tofu on all sides with marinade and place on a plate. Cover with plastic and let sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.
  • Heat large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  • Remove tofu from marinade and press off excess liquid with paper towels. Reserve marinade.
  • Arrange tofu flat in frying pan. Cover tofu with another frying pan, weighing upper pan down with a full kettle or large can of tomato sauce or beans.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5 until well browned.
  • Flip tofu, press and cook until browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Place tofu on serving dish. Pour remaining marinade into pan, heat briefly and use it to garnish tofu.
  • Serve over rice, quinoa or another grain and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 330 calories, 6 g carbs (1 g sugar), 26 g fat (4 g saturated), 22 g protein, 1 g fibre

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Orange-Ginger Broiled Salmon with Massaged Kale & Edamame Salad

Yum yum yum, this dinner was a total winner. I’m not sure it gets much healthier or nutrient-packed than salmon, kale and edamame.

Orange-Ginger Salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 hoisin sauce (look for an MSG-free variety)
  • 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 boneless skinless salmon fillets

DIRECTIONS

  • Whisk together orange juice, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, orange zest and pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  • Place salmon and marinade in a large ziplock bag, seal and turn to coat salmon in marinade.
  • Refrigerate salmon for at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare salad (below) while fish marinates.
  • Remove salmon from refrigerator and arrange on baking sheet sprayed in oil. Broil fish on high for 8 minutes.
  • Serve over salad and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving (salmon only): 253 calories, 11 g carbs, 9 g fat, 29 g protein, 1 g fibre

Massaged Kale & Edamame Salad

I won’t post the recipe for this salad on my blog as it is courteous of The Taste Space. Please visit the post here to see this awesome accompaniment to the orange-ginger salmon.

I will add though that I forgot to add the 1 tbsp of sweetener (agave) and found the dressing really didn’t need it, which is perfect in my opinion, as I’m not a fan of agave for health reasons – it being hard on the liver and linked to cardiovascular disease.