“I don’t want to-poo!!”
This from Molly, one day a few months back, on the drive home from day care.
I can’t remember exactly what I’d had planned for dinner, but tofu obviously wasn’t what she’d had in mind. Her reaction though, perfectly sums up the attitude most of the general public has about tofu.
Tofu has a bad rep. I suppose it’s the spongy, moist texture and the bland taste that turns people off.
I love it!
When A became vegan, I jumped on the chance to use more tofu in our meals. It’s a good source of protein, calcium and iron and I love how it absorbs the flavours you cook it with. I’ve tried cooking with it several ways and will share my faves with you in the future, but I still haven’t found any way of cooking it that the kids will enjoy.
That is, until smoked tofu.
Smoked tofu is the answer to the tofu blahs. It has a mild smokey flavour, which gives it a lovely bacon quality without getting Babe involved. Colour me surprised when my kids were not only willing to try it, but were eating slices right out of the package and actually asking for more! I find it to be quite versatile and have used it in a few different ways, but this open faced sandwich is my favourite. It’s my go-to lunch on the days when I’m home with the kids!
You can certainly try and make your own smoked tofu, but these days I have an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality when it comes to some foods, and this would be one of them. Veggie burgers are another. Smoked tofu is readily available in most grocery stores and is quite inexpensive. I like the Soyganic brand, mostly because it’s the only one I see in the stores I go to, but also because they use organic soy.
And can we have a quick chat about English muffins?? I have a slight obsession with them right now. The holes are pockets of flavourful goodness and offer a lovely surprise when you bite into one. A toasted English muffin with just butter?? Bliss. In this case you get a little dollop of tangy vegan mayo and it’s just the best!
I hope you enjoy!
Side Note: Of course the battery in my DSLR was dead when I went to take these pics. Of course. So I used my phone. Not how I wanted to start out my first food post on here, but they aren’t too bad! That’s what Photoshop Elements is for 🙂
- English muffin or bread of your choice
- 2 TBSP vegan mayo (I like Veganaise)
- 4 slices of smoked tofu, about ⅛ inch thick
- A few pieces of lettuce or other greens (basil is delicious!)
- 2 slices of tomato
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Break apart the english muffin and place on a baking tray.
- Spread 1 TBSP of vegan mayo onto each muffin piece.
- Place two slices of smoked tofu on each muffin piece and top with lettuce and a tomato slice.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Heat up in the oven for 5 minutes or so and enjoy!