I’m not sure why I was so afraid of working the grill solo…I mean, to think of all the grilled tofu I’ve been missing out on…
Perhaps I was holding on to my “I don’t know how to work the barbecue” excuse for the same reasons that my husband continues to claim that he “doesn’t know how to make coffee.”
It’s just kind of nice to have someone else take care of certain things.
(Words of marriage wisdom?)
But my sly plan was all over once I came across my friend Rachael’s Fish Taco Salad. Spicy, sweet, and super colorful – I was in love from the very start.
As I am with most of fellow RD Rachael’s recipes over at Avocado a Day Nutrition. (Love her focus on intuitive eating and nourishment without deprivation too. And Rachael’s Wellness Wednesday series is my favorite!)
So, it’s safe to say I had an immediate plan in place once I discovered that this month’s The Recipe Redux theme is to “Celebrate a Reduxer” by recreating one of their recipes.
I didn’t have any mahi, which is what Rachael uses in her salad, but I was also thinking about how great her recipe would be with tofu from the very start.
And I always have a stash of tofu on hand.
In her recipe, I love that Rachael gives a few protein seasoning ideas but leaves the details up to you. One of her suggestions was barbecue. Smoky tofu with sweet and spicy fruit salsa…I was already salivating.
And that’s when it happened…
…The realization that my tofu was going to need some nicely charred grill marks.
It just wouldn’t be the same without them.
I was home alone at the time and so came to the understanding that if I wanted to bring this dream to fruition, I was going to have to woman up and figure out this whole barbecuing thing all by myself.
(After a quick text to Dan, that is, just to make sure I knew how to not blow myself up while turning the grill on.)
Well, I did it guys. And it wasn’t even that tough either.
So totally worth it for those grill marks, right?
(The empowerment I felt while cooking over an open flame was just another added bonus. #girlpower)
I don’t know, Dan may have lost one of his last regular cooking duties, which I have gradually taken away from him over the past 8 years.
Fortunately for him, I still “don’t know how” to make popcorn, so there’s that. 😉
I also made a few small changes to Rachael’s fruit salsa recipe (just because I can’t possibly follow any recipe as written):
I’m just beginning to see fresh peaches around – and I can’t wait any longer – so I tossed one in with the mango.
I love the combination of mango with habanero, so I also used a habanero instead of jalapeño here for an extra kick. (Feel free to stick with jalapeño or omit if you prefer less spice.)
Finally, I tossed in some fresh cilantro too – its just kind of a must for any recipe containing the word “taco” in my book.
This dish can be prepared ahead of time – just reheat the tofu on the grill or inside on a grill pan or skillet and serve. (You can also just eat the tofu cold if preferred.)
Of course, feel free to use fish if you have some on hand. Tempeh or seitan should also work well.
Wrap it up in a tortilla if you’d like! This recipe could easily be made into tacos – just cut the tofu into smaller pieces, grab some tortillas, and load ’em up. (Could be a great way to use up any leftovers!)
- Peach Mango Salsa:
- 1 cup mango, diced
- 1 peach, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 habanero, seeds removed and minced (use chili pepper of choice or omit if desired)
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 block extra firm tofu, drained, and pressed (wrap in clean towel and place under something heavy for at least 30 minutes)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1tsp coriander
- 1 tsp oregano
- 10 oz broccoli and carrot slaw mix
- 1 large tomato, diced (I used heirloom)
- 1 avocado, sliced
- First, prepare the salsa. Combine ingredients in a bowl, mix, and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Start heating up the grill and prepare the tofu. Cut block of tofu along thin edge into three rectangular pieces. Brush with coconut oil. Mix together spices in a small bowl and then rub the mix on each side of the tofu pieces.
- Once the grill is hot (I cooked over medium heat), add the tofu and grill about 2-3 minutes each side. Remove tofu from grill, cut each piece in half (to make 6 total pieces) and set aside.
- Next, prepare the salad. Add slaw to a plate and top with tomato, avocado, and tofu. Spoon peach mango salsa on top and enjoy!
Now that I’m basically a grill master, I need some ideas!
How often do you grill out in your home? What are your favorite meals to bbq during the summer? How about your favorite spice blends to compliment grilled flavors?