So it is October 3 and this is my first VeganMoFo post. Mild fail. In my defense however, this recipe made a lot of food for one person, as did last week’s Roasted Tofu Beet Burgers. So, yeah. Haven’t really been cooking up a storm, but certainly have been enjoying some good food.
I’ve posted on BBQ Tofu before, but I had no pictures then and I used a different recipe this time. So yeah. It’s kind of newish. I had some turnips lying around and my mother suggested I mash them, because apparently mashed turnips are good. One of my turnips mashed properly, the others did not. Thus, I had turnips and a mashed turnip. You can see then sitting next to each other in the picture. Defective but delicious. Also, I sauteed my asparagus in olive oil. I’ve found that cooking asparagus this way allows me to stop it from cooking before it gets gross and mushy, which is great because I like my asparagus firm. Enjoy!
BBQ Tofu with Mashed Turnips and Asparagus
1 lb. firm tofu
1/2 bunch asparagus
3-5 turnips (washed and peeled)
1 recipe delicious BBQ sauce (I used my old standby)
1 T. Thyme
1 T. Chili Powder
1 T. garlic powder
To begin, press the tofu. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Put the turnips in a small dish and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the BBQ sauce and tofu. The tofu bakes at 350F, so make sure you adjust the oven before putting it in.
When tofu is pressed and ready, slice into rectangles. Lay in baking dish and brush with olive oil. I sprinkled thyme, garlic powder, and chili powder on at this point. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip, and cover with BBQ sauce. I preheated my BBQ sauce in the microwave for about 2 minutes to make sure it would fully cook and thicken while the tofu was baking. Bake an additional 30 minutes.
While tofu is baking, mash turnips. Sprinkle with salt and pepper for taste.
Wash and prepare asparagus by breaking off bottoms. Put 1 T. olive oil in a sauce pan. When tofu is almost done, turn heat up to medium (around 5). When asparagus begins to sizzle, reduce heat to medium-low (around 3). Once asparagus has turned bright green (about 5 minutes, maybe less) remove pan from heat immediately to prevent the asparagus from continuing to cook and getting mushy.
Prep time: 1 hr. 30 min., mostly inactive.