I’ll usually spend a portion of my Sunday preparing food for the week. I like to make things that are quick, easy and make enough for several portions – and that are nutritious too. A recent favorite is this crispy tofu recipe of mine which can be added to salads, served with a side of rice and a nice sauce, or even topped on soups or stews.
When I do my food prep on the weekends, I try to make sure I make enough to cover lunch boxes for the week and leftovers for quick dinners so that I don’t have to cook when I get home from work. It means I end up eating a lot of the same things during a week, but I like it that way. It’s super convenient and saves me so much time and energy after a long day of work.
I absolutely love smoked tofu so I’ve almost always got that on hand. I usually keep it really simple and just mix it into salads or stews as it is. However, I recently tried something new and baked the tofu until crispy, adding spices to give it even more of a flavour than the smokiness already gives it. It turned out great and is definitely a new go-to of mine for my food prep.
Crispy Tofu Recipe
- 1-2 blocks of tofu (I like smoked tofu)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan
Chop the tofu into small squares and place in a mixing bowl. Add all the spices and mix to get all the tofu pieces covered with spice (I mixed with my hands), be gentle so you don’t break the tofu into crumbs. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the over at 200 C / 390 F for 30 minutes, taking out after 15 minutes to shake the pieces about so they bake evenly.
Serve in your favorite salad with bulgur, rice, quinoa or pasta, or topped on a stew or soup, or in a pita bread with a nice sauce – the options are truly endless.