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General Tso’s Tofu

General Tso’s Tofu

General Tso’s Tofu is tasty, beautiful and incredibly easy to make. I can’t even tell you how many times I get the question about tofu so I try to create delicious recipes using this amazing ingredient. Since it literally does not taste like anything you […]

Skillet Grilled Tofu Salad

Skillet Grilled Tofu Salad

Skillet Grilled Tofu Salad is one delightful meal. It is pretty and tasty. The first time I tried tofu was about 10 years ago, and let me tell you, I was not a big fan. I know now why the first time I made tofu it did not taste as good. To be honest, It looked so appetizing like a block of delicious cheese but it didn’t taste like cheese at all. […]

Baked Tofu with Mushrooms

Baked Tofu with Mushrooms

Baked Tofu with Mushrooms

You would be quite surprised how tasty this is. Baked Tofu with Mushrooms slow-cooked in Roasted Pepper Sauce is such an easy meal to make.

I know this might be unusual to see, but trust me because this was really delicious.

Sometimes I want to make one thing and end up making something completely different. This recipe actually came out of a pure experiment.

I wanted to make crispy tofu for my salad, but then when I opened that box of tofu, I thought why not try this.

That’s cooking for me, always experimenting, trying something new and if it’s good I make it again and watch the reaction of my taste testers.

Baked Tofu with Mushrooms

If you are following me, you know that both of my boys dislike mushrooms, but Aleks loves Tofu so four of us enjoyed it except for Daniel, my youngest one.

I believe that you could add other vegetables, like cauliflower, peas, green beans, carrots, leafy greens, etc.

For broccoli, I would suggest adding them the last like 5-7 minutes unless you like mushy broccoli.

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I went with just mushrooms because I love them and they enchase the flavor of this dish.

Now, if you’ve never tried tofu, I know hard to believe that somebody never did. However, you’d be surprised how many times I was asked in the store how does it taste?

Tofu might look like a block of softer cheese, but it does not taste like cheese whatsoever. It does not have any flavor that I could point my finger at the certain food.

That’s why it is amazing with other flavors because it absorbs whatever you are using.

Baked Tofu with Mushrooms

For example, if you are going to add to some spicy soup, it will pick up all that spicy flavor of the soup, in this case, it absorbed the aroma and the taste of roasted pepper sauce. It was rather amazing.

If I am making something like this, either baked or smoked tofu, which I will post in the near future, I prep my tofu. I use organic firm or extra firm tofu because it holds the shape better.

I will explain in the recipe how I prep my tofu and of course, how I make this dish. It is super easy!

If you try my Baked Tofu with Mushrooms recipe, please tag me on INSTAGRAM. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking.

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Baked Tofu with Mushrooms
Yield: Serves 4

Baked Tofu with Mushrooms

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This sauce is absolutely amazing! You just want to dip the tofu in that sauce and enjoy it fully.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack organic firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 lb organic baby Bella mushrooms or any on hand, (approximately 1/2 pack)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves crushed
  • 1 1/2 cup roasted pepper pasta sauce (marinara sauce would do it too)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-3 Sprigs lemon thyme optional, I used fresh
  • 1 1/2 cup cheese shredded (I used aged Provolone Cheese + Sharp Cheddar); You may use any that you like or have. Dairy-free would do if you do not consume dairy.
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Tofu Prep: In a large bowl add about 3 cups of warm water and 2 tbsp Salt (I used sea salt); Stir. Take Tofu out of the package and place it in the salted water for about 10 minutes. Take it out after 10 minutes, and press lightly tofu block with either heavy skillet or a heavier pot to remove excess water (you can use tofu press if you have one). You can keep it under heavy pot/skillet for an additional 5 minutes. Using kitchen paper towel pat try tofu.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Using a smaller baking dish, Add about 3-4 tablespoons of Roasted Pepper sauce.
  4. Place Tofu in the middle, and drizzle about half of the sauce over the Tofu and around the baking dish.
  5. Gently clean mushrooms and cut them into halves, peel garlic cloves and crush them.
  6. Add Mushrooms and garlic around tofu and add chili flakes, salt, pepper, and herb. Arrange nicely and equally all around tofu and mushrooms and garlic. Then add the rest of the sauce over it. Spread and move around tofu and mushrooms so everything could get at least partly coated with the sauce.
  7. Shred cheese, if it’s not shredded already and drizzle a bit of olive oil all over the ingredients.
  8. Bake on medium-low for 30-40 minutes. It depends on your oven. Mushrooms should be completely cooked and cheese melted with a deep golden hue. Just keep your eye on it after a 30-minute mark.

Notes

Any leftovers, cover, and place in the fridge.

If you do not eat dairy, try one that is dairy-free (Daiya makes vegan/dairy-free cheese).

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu is such quick tasty bites that you must make. So, in my opinion, you either like tofu or you do not. Yes, that would be my explanation. It looks like cheese, but it tastes nothing like cheese. It doesn’t have any flavor whatsoever. […]

Pineapple Banana Tofu Smoothie

Pineapple Banana Tofu Smoothie

Starting the new year with one smoothie a day is not a bad beginning. I like it even more than my kids are now old enough to make their favorite smoothie combination by themselves. They have been making smoothies for a few years, even my youngest one […]

Grilled Marinated Tofu

Grilled Marinated Tofu

Grilled Marinated Tofu

Today’s recipe is as simple as you can see in the title, Grilled Marinated Tofu.

The key is in the marinade and after it’s grilled the taste and aroma are just perfect balance of very satisfying, delicious and I must say easy side dish.

Well, I really loved the spiciness of the marinad. However, it is always optional to use and how much you add to satisfy your taste buds. I love spicy, but I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea so you can always adjust.

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Yesterday, I found out that school here starts on August 1st, due to the expansion of Spring break. As much as I am happy that kids are getting one extra week over Spring break, I am that much sad because the summer break is shortened.

Grilled Marinated Tofu

They are just starting to have fun when they will be soon waking up early in the morning carrying heavy backpacks.

I don’t even know how my oldest one can carry that heavy backpack. Seriously, that weighed tone last school year, plus his saxophone. I always feel sorry for his shoulders and back.

This year I will have 7th, 4th and 1st graders. Also, I cannot believe that my girl will be done with Elementary this school year. It feels like yesterday when she started Kindergarten.

If you have a child just now starting with Elementary, please cherish every single moment while they are there. Join them for lunch, help them with homework and lock those memories forever because they do grow up so fast.

Grilled Marinated Tofu

Ok! I am a bit on the emotional side. I have always been that way, but I know that every parent that have kids out of Elementary school feels the same way, and yes those are precious moments even when I shed the crocodile tears while watching them enter every school year.

Grilled Marinated Tofu
Yield: 4 SERVINGS

Grilled Marinated Tofu

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Easy Recipe for a delicious side dish or appetizer, Grilled Marinated Tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 Pack of Firm Organic Tofu, cut into thick slices
  • Marinade:
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochujang (or 1/2 tablespoon red hot chili pepper)(reduce for less spicy)
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce, low sodium {lite}
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
  • Garnish:
  • Scallions
  • Sesame seeds
  • and optional drizzle bit of marinade over it

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and place it in the wide long container.
  2. Cut the tofu into thicker but equal slices and place in the marinade for 20 minutes; you can keep it covered in the fridge. 
  3. Preheat your grill, either in the house or outside grill. 
  4. Take out tofu carefully out of the marinade and pat dry with kitchen paper towel each tofu slice and put it on the preheated grill.
  5. Grill for a minute or two on each side. 
  6. You can reserve the marinade for the dip of few drizzles over the tofu when you serve. 
  7. You can serve it with a simple salad. 
Spinach and Tofu Soup

Spinach and Tofu Soup

Spinach and Tofu Soup is such a soothing soup. I truly enjoy this kind of soup. Also, this is probably the easiest recipe right after miso soup ever. All you need is a few ingredients to make this broth delicious and spicy if you wish. You […]

Miso Soup with Tofu

Miso Soup with Tofu

Easy and delicious Miso Soup Recipe with Tofu

Sichuan Mapo Tofu (Má Pó Dòufu)

Sichuan Mapo Tofu (Má Pó Dòufu)

Sichuan Mapo Tofu

What I can say about this dish other than it was born in Sichuan (Szechuan) Chinese province; however, this dish spread and became popular across other Chinese provinces and Northeastern Asia– Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, where the flavor is adapted to local tastes.


I absolutely love Ma Po Tofu. It is perfect blend, perfect taste, and makes an amazing meal especially who loves spicy and if you combine it with egg noodles or rice it will ease the burning mouth.


Originally I found the recipe in one of my favorite cookbook Lemongrass and Ginger by Leemei Tan. Can I just say that I carried this book everywhere I went that’s how much I enjoyed it and I highly recommend it?

Sichuan Mapo Tofu
Má Pó Dòufu

As I typed in the search box “Ma Po Tofu” hundreds of recipes came up. That is truly the power of the Internet!

The more I read, the more interesting it got; the history, the stories, recipes, Sichuan peppercorn US ban, est.

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I mean, you learn something every single day. I will skip all those because you can easily find it online how this dish got its legendary name (ma means pockmarked, po elderly women, doufu tofu).

Sichuan Mapo Tofu


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However, I do add things that I like or used in the past, as well as own now.

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Ma Po Tofu

Slightly adapted from Lemongrass and Ginger

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword asian, chinese,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 pk. Silken or Firm Tofu-Preferably Organic cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh Ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 Lb. Ground Lean beef or Pork Turkey or a mixture of two could be used
  • 2 tsp. Chili Bean Paste- Doubanjiang
  • 1 Tbs. Soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbs. Oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Beef Broth or Water
  • 1/4 tsp. Sichuan Peppercorn grounded or to your heat preferences
  • 1 tsp. Cornstarch + water
  • 2-3 Scallions chopped
  • Red Peppers for garnish
  • Serve it with Rice or Egg Noodles

Instructions

  1. Heat the pot of water, take off the burner and gently drop the cubed Tofu in; Keep it in the hot water until ready to use.
  2. Heat the Wok (or frying pan) with sesame oil, and put garlic and ginger; stir-fry just for few seconds and until fragrant and do NOT let it burn (so medium heat is fine)
  3. Add ground beef or pork, and while you stir fry it break the lumps; Cook until it starts to brown.
  4. Add the chili bean paste, soy sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, toasted and then grounded Sichuan pepper mix it all together and add 1/2 cup beef broth–boil for next 5 minutes on high temperature.
  5. Turn down heat and with spider draining spoon remove tofu from water and drop in the wok ( or you can also gently drain the water out).
  6. Gently move the wok left and right motion without stir-frying, if you try to stir fry tofu will fall apart.
  7. Combine cornstarch with a bit of water, mix until smooth and slowly pour over the tofu and ground beef mixture. Again gently mix it in with back and forward motion trying not to break the tofu.
  8. Sprinkle chopped scallions, and you can add more when the dish is served.
  9. Serve it hot with rice or egg noodles.

Recipe Notes

Sichuan peppercorns are not related in any way to black peppercorns, therefore they should not be confused one for another. Sichuan Peppercorns belong to rue or citrus family. They have a unique aroma and gives you numbness in the mouth. Most of the times seedpods should be toasted and grounded/crushed and often added in the recipe the last minute. You can find them in Chinese markets, Asian markets and/or online. Mapo Tofu is nothing without a second star (ingredient) of this dish Chili Bean Paste or Doubanjiang.

Cacio e Pepe Butternut Squash

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