Baked Tofu with any sauce you have in the fridge

Firm or extra firm tofu is an absorbent blank canvas of protein, ready to soak up any flavor you introduce. One of the simplest ways to use tofu is to cover it with your favorite sauce or dressing then bake it in a hot oven. To help the tofu take on a firmer texture, press it between paper towels for 20-30 minutes before baking. Pressing the tofu will release some of the water. These tasty protein rectangles can be added to sandwiches and salads or eaten as is for a quick and easy snack or breakfast.

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Baked Tofu

Ingredients

1 (14 ounce) block firm or extra firm tofu, any variety of sauces or dressings (I used pesto, tomato sauce and hot sauce)

Directions

Set oven to 425 degrees. Press tofu between paper towels for about 20-30 minutes. Slice into 1/2 inch rectangles (you should get 8 pieces from one block of tofu). Lay rectangles onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or foil. Place a small amount of sauce on parchment, top with tofu then cover tofu with more sauce. Bake for 30 minutes or until tofu is firm and brown around the edges.  Serving size: 2 rectangles

Nutrition Note: Tofu is an excellent vegetarian source of protein, rich in cancer protective compounds called phytoestrogens. One serving of baked tofu (2 rectangles) contains 9 grams of protein, only 3 grams of carbohydrate and about a teaspoon of heart healthy fat.

JudyMatusky.com

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