I learned something magical yesterday…you can microwave tofu, and it tastes awesome! Because I always pan-fry or sautee my tofu, which can take time, I don’t make it as often as I could. Yesterday, however, I came across a recipe in the PETA Vegan College Cookbook called “Better than takeout tofu.” The recipe is as follows:
1 (16-ounce) package firm or extra-firm tofu
1 tablespoon lemon juice
soy sauce, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Chop the tofu into cubes or strips and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Add lemon, soy sauce, and garlic to the tofu and mix until well coated. Serve over microwave rice or as is.
Makes 4 servings.
I was a bit skeptical at first, since I had never tried microwaving tofu I assumed it would turn out badly, but I gave it a whirl, and it was fantastic! True, it doesn’t get crispy on the outside like pan-fried does, but it was hot, tasted cooked, and absorbed the sauce completely. It was a two-minute delicious meal, and I will definitely be microwaving tofu in the future. I ate the tofu by itself, but it would have been great over rice, like they suggest, or with pasta and mixed veggies.
In other news, I purchased some nutritional yeast today. I’ve never cooked with it before, but I plan to try some recipes from the PETA cookbook that use it in the next few days. We’ll see how it goes!