Tofu has some great benefits. It is an inexpensive source of good plant-based protein, fairly low-calorie, with some calcium and iron to boot! Check the specific package for additional info.
Now if you’re not a tofu lover, please do try to keep an open mind. It really is a good and simple recipe. I promise! There’s something about draining the water out of the tofu that makes it crisp up really nice. A little slice of heaven!
Yield should be about 8 tacos
1 Extra Firm Organic Tofu, 12 ounce package
1 package taco sized tortillas (about 5”) (I used La Tortilla Hand Made Style White Corn Tortillas today)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Shredded green cabbage
Gringo Salsa (recipe follows)
1 can Pickled Carrots (carrots pickled in a vinegar brine with jalapeños, in the international aisle)
Open the tofu and drain the extra liquid. Slice the block of tofu into 8 equal slices along the long side of the block (so they fit the length of the tortillas best). Drain the tofu slices on paper towel. Blot on all sides to remove as much moisture as possible. This is a really important step!
Preheat a frying pan with the olive oil. When hot (don’t let the oil steam, that’s too hot!) then place the tofu slices in the pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove from heat and place on paper towel.
Warm the tortillas, either in the drained frying pan or in the microwave for a few seconds.
Place a slice of tofu on each of the tortillas, top with the shredded green cabbage, gringo salsa, and pickled carrots, top it off with some fresh cilantro leaves…..and enjoy!
The ingredients store really well for use the next day as long as you package all of the items separately so nothing gets soggy.
For the Gringo Salsa –
- 2 tomatoes (I used some organic heirloom tomatoes today)
- ½ of a red onion
- 1 T. fresh cilantro leaves
Mix and enjoy! You may want to add some diced jalapeno to taste if you prefer more of a kick.
And you know the minute I took this taco picture, I added about 10 more carrots to each taco before eating! Craving satisfied!
P.S…..my dog Sadie seems to have developed a fondness for the pickled carrots as well. She was taking them right and left! Good chow!
Hey…..What’s something odd you’ve craved? Post yours in the Comments section below!