ive been a vego for ten years and even though i eat eggs, i picked up this recipe from a vegan ex-boyfriend. vegans live by this stuff. dont be scared of tofu, really, this recipe is not slimy or spongy in the slightest and its really hard to get wrong. it also microwaves really well so you can make a batch and store it in the fridge for later.
1 block of firm tofu (make sure its not silken or that puffy chinese kind)
olive oil or cooking spray
2 tsp tamari and soy sauce
1/2 tsp tumeric
white, red or green chopped onions
vegetables of your choice, but some that go really well include mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, pre-cooked asparagus, red capsicum, steamed broccoli.
salt & pepper
1. open the tofu packet, rinse it for a few seconds and press it for between 10-30mins depending on how much of a hurry you are in! tofu is quite moist and in this recipe you need to squeeze some moisture out to get a better, crumbly texture. if you are unfamiliar, its super easy, just wrap the tofu block in a teatowel or papertowel and set a heavy item, such as a thick cookbook on top.
2. crumble the tofu. to do this, cut the tofu into 8 pieces then use your hands or the tines of a fork to crumble up the pieces. this can sometimes be hard work but dont worry about getting it too fine, some chunks are good.
3. dice your vegies to whatever size you prefer. if you are using vegies that need pre-cooking, heat up a skillet or frying pan with oil or oil spray and saute until almost done. saute the onion until translucent.
4. add the tofu to the pan. cook on high heat for about a minute. add tamari/soy sauce and spices. add vegies and onion if they are not in there already. stir fry for another minute, until the tofu is a nice golden colour (just from the tumeric and tamari coating evenly). dont overcook or this will dry out.
5. season, serve hot and eat with a fork! i really like this with a squirt of mustard on top, or salsa, or both. you can play with the spices to vary the dish to your liking. mexican chilli powder (or cayenne, paprika and cumin) is really good with this too. you could probably even put some beans into this. its a great base for playing with once you start.
if you are getting sick of eggs and yoghurt, try it and let me know what you think!