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Healthy Dinner: Simple Vegan Baked Tofu Recipe

We've all heard omni friends say that tofu "doesn't taste like anything," or that eating too much of it can increase your risk of breast cancer (soy is an estrogenic food but its effects on the risk of cancer are actually inconclusive, with studies showing both reduced *and* increased risk of breast cancer). But whatever the arguments may be, the benefits of tofu are too great to pass up. Everything in moderation, of course, and when you do include tofu in your meal, it has the potential to knock your socks off. Some tofu is better than others. I buy sprouted tofu, because it is higher in iron, calcium, and protein, and much easier for the body to digest. The recipe below is a favorite of mine. The smell in the house reminds me of my mom's roasts (sort of). The tofu takes on a wonderful texture, and is flavorful the whole way through. This baked tofu is wonderful for a protein on an entree, in sandwiches, or for breakfast. Try pairing it with roasted or steamed vegetables and a bowl of rice for a nourishing, satisfying dinner.

Healthy Dinner: Simple Vegan Baked Tofu Recipe


Recipe Type: Hearty Entrees
YIELDS3 servings
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  • 1 Block Tofu
  • 1/4 Cup Braggs Liquid Amminos
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Maple syrup
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Directions

1. Open the tofu. Slice in to one inch slices. Layer paper towels between and outside, and gently press down. Do this a few times, drying the tofu as best as possible. 2. In a mason jar, combine the liquid amminos, olive oil, tamari, garlic, and maple syrup. Place the lid on, screw tightly, and shake vigorously. Place the tofu in a glass pan, cover the tofu with the marinade, flip it, and place in the refrigerator for an hour or so. 3. Heat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Take the tofu out, flip it again, and place in the oven for 45 minutes, flipping half way through. 4. Manga!
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