We love using tofu in the kitchen! It is widely versatile, had a large range of flavor, and can be used in almost any dish to make it plant-based and increase nutritional value. When tofu is combined with our exotic Thai Style Peanut Sauce, it’s going to be a dish that your whole family will be craving!
Tofu is a great way to increase your protein, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acid intake, especially while on a plant-based diet, so using this food source as an addition to any meal is a good idea. Studies have even shown that eating whole soy food products such as tofu may help in when considering a cancer-preventing diet (1). You can combine tofu with heart healthy vegetables or fiber-rich whole grains, so it’s no wonder that this recipe should be the next dinner option in your household!
Baked Tofu with Thai Style Peanut Sauce
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons low sodium gluten free tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos (soy-free & low sodium alternative)
- ¾ cup water
- 1 cup coconut milk, canned
- ¾ cup coconut water
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- ¾ cup peanut butter, smooth
- 1 tablespoon sorghum syrup or honey
- Red pepper flakes, optional
- 14 oz Tofu, extra firm, cubed
- Heat coconut or olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic and sauté until lightly browned.
- Add tamari or soy sauce, water, coconut milk, and coconut water, and whisk together.
- Add curry paste; stir for 1 minute.
- Whisk in peanut butter and sorghum syrup or honey, and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add red pepper flakes if desired.
- Remove from heat, cool and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Drain and press tofu (see note).
- Place cubed tofu on a parchment lined baking pan in one single layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes until it’s firm.
- Once firm, add ¼ cup peanut sauce to the tofu and mix well. Arrange in a single spread-out layer. Let cool.
- Use ¼ cup of tofu to either dip the tofu in or drizzle over the tofu.
- Serve Tofu with Peanut Sauce over a salad or whole grain of your choice with vegetables.
How to press tofu: You can use a tofu press, or an alternative method using a clean towel and a clean plate. Roll up the tofu with the towel, place it on the plate, cover with the flat side of another plate, and stack 3 books on top. Leave for 15-45 minutes, depending on the desired texture of the tofu.
Serving size: 4 - 3.5 oz servings Calories: 125 calories, Fat: 8 grams, Saturated fat: 2.5 gram, Carbohydrates: 3 gram, Sugar: 1 grams, Sodium: 111 milligrams, Fiber: 1 grams, Protein: 11 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) Tofu. The World’s Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=111
Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to The Sorghum Checkoff. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.