Lemon Pepper Tofu & Roasted Cauliflower

Tonight I am sharing TWO recipes. First up is Baked Lemon Pepper Tofu, an incredibly easy dish that is our go-to when combining random veggies and sides to create a meal. Second, is Roasted Cauliflower with Nutritional Yeast.

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Lemon Pepper Tofu

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Drain and lightly press a block of extra firm tofu: Cut the tofu into fourths, place on a towel, fold the towel over, and lightly press down with your hands. Leave the tofu in the towel while you prepare your pan.fullsizerender-1

Measure and pour 2 ounces of lemon juice, 1 ounce of olive oil, and 2 ounces of white cooking wine into a 9×13 dish. I’ve only ever used “cooking wine” because if I have a bottle of white wine on hand, I’m going to use it in a creamy pasta sauce or something fancier than lemon pepper tofu. You are more than welcome to try this recipe with the real deal though. Let me know if you notice a major difference!img_5415

Sprinkle 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper into the dish and stir to combine. (If you don’t like a lot of salt or plan to sprinkle a lemon-pepper spice blend on top at the end, reduce the amount of salt)

Slice each of your four tofu blocks into eight pieces. Think cut in half, cut in half, cut in half:

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Place neatly in prepared dish, flipping to coat. img_5425

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Note the liquid level. The tofu shouldn’t be covered.

At this point, I’m done. Sometimes I sprinkle on some extra pepper. Occasionally, my husband will sprinkle on a store bought lemon-pepper blend. The problem with adding a spice blend on top is that it can make the dish too sour (lemony) and/or salty. Just plain pepper is best here unless you reduce the amount of salt and lemon juice in the previous steps. If you like a lot of pepper in your lemon-pepper dishes, add a lot on top!

Place in the oven with whatever else you are cooking. Since we are making this and cauliflower tonight, our tofu will bake for 45-60 minutes. If you are only baking tofu, try turning the heat up to 425 and baking for 30 minutes. Really, if can be eaten after only 20 minutes of baking. It’s all a matter of preference on how soft, chewy, or slightly burnt you want the tofu. At twenty minutes, the tofu will break apart when you try to lift it after stabbing with a fork. We like ours to be firmer and chewier.

A good way to eyeball it is that the edges will be browned, all but the oil will be cooked away, and the oil will be bubbling. I recommend dishing up lemon pepper tofu on a bed of couscous. Yum!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Nutritional Yeast

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Rinse and cut up your cauliflower, or cut up and then rinse your cauliflower. If you’ve never cut cauliflower before, try to imagine it’s broccoli and do your best. Stems are good, you don’t want only the top bits.IMG_5423.JPG

Place in 9×13 or larger pan. We use a huge metal roasting pan. It should bake fine on glass. Drizzle oil, sprinkle with salt, and stir to combine.

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Push cauliflower together so you don’t lose a lot of nutritional yeast to the pan when you sprinkle it on top. fullsizerender-4

If you’ve never heard of nutritional yeast, it is available in health food stores by several different brands. We are serious about our nooch (nutritional yeast) and currently have it in bulk form and from two other stores.

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Sprinkle 1/4 cup or so of nutritional yeast on top of the cauliflower. The amount will vary depending on how much cauliflower you have and how much you like nutritional yeast. If you’ve never had it before, take it easy on the nooch. It can be an acquired taste. img_5432

Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and add another topping of nutritional yeast, about 1/8 cup, depending on how much cauliflower you have.

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Just out of oven
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Stirred
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Coated with fresh nooch

Bake for another 20 minutes or so until done.

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Admittedly, it looks a little burnt and weird in the above photo. We accidentally baked for 30 minutes before flipping (what happens when you blog while cooking) so it got a little black in places. It tastes absolutely amazing though. You have to REALLY ignore cauliflower to ruin it.

We made four other sides tonight to go with the tofu and cauliflower. I don’t want you to think we ate only yellow foods this meal 😀

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The Recipes:

 

Baked Lemon Pepper Tofu

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Drain and press extra firm tofu, cutting into four evenly sized blocks
  • Combine 2 ounces lemon juice, 2 ounces white cooking whine, 1 ounce olive oil, 1 & 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a 9×13 dish
  • Cut each tofu block into eight slices and place in dish, flipping to coat.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes

 

Roasted Cauliflower with Nutritional Yeast

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rinse and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces
  • Place cauliflower in 9×13 pan
  • Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt, stir to combine
  • Push cauliflower together in single layer, pressing the top down so it isn’t crowded
  • Sprinkle 1/8-1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes on top, until evenly covered
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven, stir, push together and flatten (as before), sprinkle an additional 1/16-1/8 cup of nutritional yeast on top
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and easily pierced with a fork

 

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