I Pity the ‘Fu!

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I pity the ‘foo who doesn’t love the ‘fu!

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Grilled Asian Tofu

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

1 package extra firm tofu, pressed & sliced into 6 pieces

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 Tablespoons water

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon agave nectar (or honey)

1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Sprinkle red pepper flakes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and marinate tofu slices for 10 minutes. Spray grilling surface with non-stick spray and grill for 3-4 minutes a side. Serve!

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Oh. Baby. It’s been way too long since I last had tofu and this was the perfect way to bring it back – GRILLED! Well, sort of. You’ll see!

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I started by marinating my tofu, (pressed in my handy dandy tofu press!) letting it soak up all the wonderful flavors for ~5 minutes a side.

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Yum, yum, YUM!

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Then I whipped this bad boy out – my Griddler! I totally forgot I had it! Don’t you love it when you suddenly remember you have totally awesome things?!

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I was planning on using the outdoor grill before I remembered the griddler, and was glad to make the switch because today’s a scorcher. 8)

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I pressed and “grilled” my tofu for about 7-8 minutes.

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While my ‘fu was grilling, I admired a postcard sent to me all the way from Brussels

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from Alex & Mina! Remember when I told you guys about these two? Quit their jobs and sold their house so they could travel the world?! I just thought it was so thoughtful of them to send this to me! Thanks A&M! :D

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Anyways, just like that, the ‘fu was up!

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Ahhh – look at those grill marks! All of the presentation, but none of the sweating that comes along with standing around a hot grill in the sun. That’s something I can get into. ;) 

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Placed over a bed of brown rice and baby spinach sautéed in the remaining tofu marinade (there was ~1 teaspoon that the tofu hadn’t soaked up, which ended up being the perfect amount.)

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Love-love-loving this dish. SO much! It was salty, and a tiny bit sweet – just the way I like it.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I like to cook a lot of Asian inspired dishes, (it’s even in my About page!) which usually contain soy sauce…which equals a lot of salt. I made my own “low sodium” soy sauce in this marinade, though, by using half soy sauce & half water. Problem half solved! ;) 

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I’m going to go ahead and declare this a dish that even tofu haters might like. Try it out on someone who usually turnes their noses up, and let me know how it goes! ;)

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In other news…16th time’s a charm?! I have been trying to get to my local Tropical Sno for what seems like weeks now, without any luck. I’m forcing Ben to go with me tonight, even if I have to strap him in the car myself!!! Booyah!

Goodnight!

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What’s your favorite summertime treat?

I used to go crazy for Bomb Pops when I was a kid – these days it’s the more ice cream, the better! :D

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Comments

  1. Dawn 06.16.2010

    That looks amazing but I am a little nervous to do it on my outdoor gas grill, maybe I should by a grill sheet or pan of some sort so it doesn’t fall thru the cracks.

    I went to two stores this week looking for a tofu press, and no luck! ;-(

    I have been to Brussells, now I don’t feel so bad, cuz I haven’t been to Italy and it seemed like all your readers, except me has!

    I love soft serve anything! I even like it dipped in dark chocolate and dripping down my arms. Ugh… the mess and the calories! ;-)

  2. YUM!!! I LOVE roasted tofu but I’ve never grilled it before! Genius!

  3. Lauren 06.16.2010

    Oh my, how I love tofu. I love to grill mine too but I haven’t done this in quite some time. Yours looks perfect!!

    Another great grilled tofu dish is grilled tofu bruchetta. Grill tofu and top with bruchetta mixture. It’s heavenly!

    Have fun tonight girly!

  4. Jenny 06.16.2010

    I love Alex and Mina’s blog! They’re amazing people!

  5. Krista 06.16.2010

    Your tofu looks amazing! I’ve never gotten ‘into’ it because every time I’ve had it while out, it’s been sponge-y and liquidy. Does that just mean it needs to be pressed more?

  6. Ice cream for sure!

  7. Jenna 06.16.2010

    Your presentation is so beautiful! I just want to jump into my computer screen and eat the tofu up. :)

    My favorite summer treat would have to be ice cream. Soft serve froyo is even better, though!

  8. Darcy 06.16.2010

    I just went to HyVee tonight and bought some bomp pops! They were on sale for $2 a box!! I can’t get enough! I tend to love anything cold and sweet in the summer and variety is the spice of life!

  9. This looks really good…I have yet to try tofu…I’m still trying to get myself to purchase and make it! I also have to talk my husband into it!

    I love tropical sno! My favorite summer treat is some sort of frozen popsicle/ice cream or strawberry shortcake.

  10. I love ‘fu :) Yours looks extra good with those beautiful grill marks :)

  11. kellyO 06.16.2010

    This is a bit random, but while you are staying in because of the heat, we just turned our furnace BACK ON!!! It is 45 right now and is supposed to go down to the mid 30′s!!!

  12. Katie 06.16.2010

    I love ice cream – I have the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer, and homemade ice cream is soooo good! Highly recommend adding this maker to your wish list. The next flavor I’m going to try is cake batter ice cream for my nephew’s birthday party – I’m so excited!

  13. BroccoliHut 06.16.2010

    Mmm! Grilled tofu is one of my all-time favorite foods!

  14. Ms. S 06.16.2010

    This dish looks delicious! I definitely need to try it. :)
    My favorite summer treat is Izzy’s ice cream – specifically their Norwegian Chai ice cream, which is the most amazing ice cream flavor in the world. YUM! But all your talk about Tropical Sno makes me crave a ‘Georgia Peach’ sno. Hm, maybe I need to expedite my travels home to IA.

  15. Never had grilled tofu… definitely trying it when I get back to the states!

    My favorite summer treat would have to be grilled peaches with a dollop of greek yog =)

  16. Mary 06.16.2010

    I’m sooooo jealous of your tofu press! I didn’t know those existed, so I’ve been pressing mine the old-fashioned way – between stacks of paper towels, with a plate and a couple soup cans on top. I looked for the tofu press on Amazon and it’s 36 bucks and not eligible for free shipping . . . boo!

    • Dawn 06.16.2010

      36.00 Dollars!!! Yikes. I will stick to the plates and paper towels too!

      Crimeny!

  17. Wow, I want that grill too! I love kitchen gadgets :D

  18. Marina 06.17.2010

    mhm, grilled tofu! it looks so great

  19. I’ve used a marinade very similar to that (just minus the ginger but with cinnamon instead) lots of times; I agree, it truly is amazing!! It makes me feel sad for people that don’t like tofu :P

  20. lauramich 06.17.2010

    I have got to try the grilled tofu! It looks delish! There’s probably no way I’ll get my husband to eat a whole portion on his own, but maybe he can try a bit of mine!

    Summer treats? Fruit, fruit, fruit! Fresh-from-the-farm strawberries in May, peaches in late June and July, watermelon and cantaloupe in August. Oh, and blueberries and cherries at the supermarket for a price I’m willing to pay! :D

  21. nic 06.17.2010

    You definitely have no idea how much I’d love to sit down for dinner with you sometime!!! Your meals look always sooooo delish!!! And at the moment I’m just always so pressed in time that I stick to Green Monsters and veggie dip for dinner (and quick salads at work)!
    I’m sure if I didn’t already love tofu I clearly would try it after looking at those pics!!! Thanks!!

  22. Yum! I love tofu- this recipe looks like the perfect spicy/sweet combo! How do you like that grill? We’re looking into getting one :)

  23. Hmm favorite summer treat. A big glass of icey lemon water with a straw, sitting in my back yard with the sun shining down (don’ forget the spf), and maybe a good book, or maybe just enjoy the peacefulness.

  24. a 06.17.2010

    fresh berries or a blended fruit slushy!

  25. Taylor 06.17.2010

    Hello! I have followed your blog for a long time but this is my first comment!
    I have a question about almond milk. I recently found out that I am sensitive to both gluten and dairy. I’m not a fan of soy milk and was wondering what your thoughts were on almond milk. I just bought some Almond Breeze original unsweetened almond milk and tried it in my oatmeal and coffee this morning. My oatmeal didn’t taste as sweet as usual and it was actually pretty bland even though I added 1/2 T. pure maple syrup (good thing the heaping spoonful of pbutter made up for it!). In contrast, the almond flavor was way to abundant in my iced latte! I couldnt even taste the espresso and only tasted the almond! I feel so frustrated! I really want to find a good milk alternative without all of the added sugar that comes with them. Can any one help me?

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  27. Cynthia 06.17.2010

    Mmmmm!! Love me some Tofu :) My favorite summertime treat as a kid were root beer floats. Now it’s gelato or sorbetto.

  28. Anna 06.17.2010

    I have yet to try tofu… Soon!
    I love the …Sending Postcards blog. Such a cute couple.
    And dilly bars, hands down.

  29. Bree 06.17.2010

    What a great idea! I don’t have a griddler, but I have a panini press which is similar. I think :) I am determined to get my husband to try and like tofu.

    • juleedee 07.29.2010

      Bree…..Hi! I JUST made this on my panini maker- was AWESOME!! I then made a panini with the grilled tofu, fresh mozzerella and roasted red peppers….my son and I were in heaven :)

  30. Beautiful dinner! Those grill marks are perfection.

    Summer treat? Farmers’ market peaches!

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