Last summer, I made the decision to eliminate eggs from my diet. Transitioning from a lacto-ovo vegetarian to a lacto-vegetarian was pretty simple…until I began to crave one of those delicious, veggie-rrific egg white scrambles of the past. Fortunately, I had just received a copy of The Chicago Diner Cookbook as a gift, which includes a recipe for tofu scramble. As per usual, I made several tweaks based on what I had on hand and according to my taste; the resultant dish was life-changing. Scrambled tofu is now a diet staple for me: it’s quick, versatile, and delicious.
- non-stick cooking spray
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1-2 cups of desired vegetables
- 3-6 oz. firm tofu, cubed or crumbled
- 1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 T. tahini
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric for color
- scallions, for garnish
1. Chop garlic and vegetables.
2. Heat a pan over medium heat, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Add garlic (and onions, if using).
3. Once garlic has begun to cook, add other vegetables.
4. Once vegetables have grown soft, add tofu cubes or crumbles to the pan. (Crumbling is way more fun). Stir to combine.
5. Add soy sauce. Stir until tofu crumbles are coated in soy sauce flavor.
6. Add ginger, tahini, and turmeric. Mix well so that turmeric is evenly distributed. This ensures an equal golden color throughout the dish.
7. Transfer the mixture to serving plate and top with scallions.
8. Serve with appropriate accompaniments (such as kombucha!).
*I use cooking spray rather than olive oil in an effort to keep fat content moderate; with the tahini already in the dish, the scramble is plenty rich.
*Some of my favorite vegetables for scrambles include broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and asparagus. The amount is up to you–include as much or as little as you like.
*Beware that salsa does not pair well with the flavors in this dish.
*Again, the amount of tofu depends on your appetite. I typically use two 3 oz servings of tofu, or about 2/5 of a block.
* I prefer this brand of tahini:
Find it in the nut butter section, or in the “ethnic food” aisle.