In my opinion, tofu is the unsung hero of the protein world. It’s fast, convenient, inexpensive, versatile and yes, delicious. I like it sliced, seasoned and roasted in the oven or cubed and added to a stir fry. When roasting, use a hot oven (400 degrees) and your favorite sauce or seasonings and when stir frying, cut the tofu into small cubes so they get crispy. For this recipe, I’m roasting it with a honey-sesame sauce and serving it with roasted green beans (roasted on the same baking sheet along side the tofu for easy prep and clean-up).
Honey-Sesame Tofu with Roasted Green Beans
12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed dry
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari (soy sauce)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Chopped scallion and sesame seeds for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Wrap tofu in paper towels, top with a weight and set aside for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, garlic, honey, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. When tofu has drained, slice into 8 rectangles. Add to soy sauce mixture and gently toss to coat. Place tofu rectangles on one half of the prepared baking sheet. Top each slice with remaining sauce. Using the same bowl, add the green beans, 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, tossing to coat. Place on other half of baking sheet. Roast in oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring green beans occasionally. Top with chopped scallion and sesame seeds.
Recipe adapted from thekitchn.com