Monday, May 24, 2010

Fajita baked tofu

I got this recipe online for a marinade for "fajita" tofu or vegetables. I feel a little weird calling my creation fajitas, though, because I ended up a) baking the tofu and b) making a veggie bowl with baked cauliflower. Most definitely not fajitas.

Marinades make me feel like a cooking genius! They flavor my food so well and I feel like I don't even try. I get to watch 30 Rock or Fringe then put a dish (or two in this case) in the oven and, bam! dinner is awesome. Today I also tried out a new kitchen gadget: The Misto. It's a pump-action oil sprayer that I purchased in order to reduce the amount of oil I use to cook. The teacher in me gives it a check plus, plus.

Fajita marinade:
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
~1/4 tsp. Oregano
~1/4 tsp. ground Cumin
~2 tsp. sugar
1-3 tsp. of Tapatío
1/8 tsp. Liquid Smoke



I prepared my tofu as I normally do, then marinated it for maybe 20 minutes on each side. While all that marinating was going on I cut the cauliflower into popcorn-sized florets and seasoned them with olive oil, s&p and nutritional yeast. I put the tofu in the oven for 20 minutes and when I flipped them I put in the cauliflower as well for 20-30 until the tofu looked browned and the florets were soft.
Everything was thrown together with some sauteed onion and fresh cilantro. I am extremely pleased with this meal. At the last second I had a thought to add a cilantro-garlic dressing I made a couple days ago. Here's another photo with the added dressing.
I had to stop myself from being ridiculous and finishing off the tofu and califlower because they tasted so good with the dressing. It's a good thing, too, because a) I would have then eaten an entire package of tofu and b) I would have eaten an entire head of cauliflower and (most importantly) c) I would have not had room for ice cream.

5 comments:

Alan said...

Yo,

Looks delectable as always. Lovin' the dinosaur cameo...

Head on over to my blog for a bit of culinary delight: toast with peanut butter and honey!

Alan
http://alaninkenya.org

ps. captcha: "fiesses"... feces?

casey said...

When are you going to cook for me?!

Captcha: dialyt

bree said...

I love that everyone is writing their captchas! Also, this looks delectable. I miss your cooking!

Captcha: surablor

Randi said...

i like the captchas and also two people using the word "delectable"!

bree said...

oh boy. oops. i'm sure i thought i was being original. sort of like when the teacher in middle school makes you engage in peer editing and then all you can think of is what the other person wrote and everyone has the same paper. right? kind of like that?

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