Does everyone get completely weepy when tired or is it just me? Because we went to Mickey’s Halloween Party last night and all I want to do today is cry. I was completely cranky in class today and then I spent the rest of the morning wandering aimlessly through Target. Thank goodness I had the presence of mind not to spend my entire life savings, because being sad makes me want to buy myself things. And eat junk food. I should really take a nap. One thing I most definitely do not want to do is cook dinner tonight. This is a good meal for the sort of day that you just want to lie on the couch. It will satisfy your junk food cravings – sweet, buttery, smoky – and provides much needed protein and healthy carbohydrates. It doesn’t require much effort to make, and if you precook the tofu (or sub packaged sausage) it’s quite quick.
This should go over well with the kids, since it’s basically dessert for dinner, except maybe the onions. If you wanted to add carrots or sweet potatoes or winter squash I think it would go quite well. This makes a great dinner with some crusty bread or roast potatoes, and it reheats well.
You can also skip the apples and onions and just make the roasted tofu. It’s flavored based on apple-maple sausage and is smoky-sweet and savory. It’s a long cooking time, so plan ahead, but it has very little prep time so you can make it while you do other things around the house. You can store it in the refrigerator for at least a few days and then use it in your favorite recipe, unless you eat it all first.
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- 1¼ cups of apple juice or apple cider, divided
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp canola or grape seed oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 2 tbsp vegan butter substitute
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 medium red onion
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Drain tofu and press. Cut into 1 inch cubes.
- Make marinade with 1 cup of the cider mixed with the soy sauce, oil, maple syrup, and liquid smoke. Pour the marinade over the cubed tofu. Allow to marinate for at least a few minutes, preferably a few hours.
- Strain the tofu and placed into a greased baking pan. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until browned.
- About 20 minutes before tofu should be finished, start on the onions and apples. Melt butter over medium heat, then add onions. Sauce until softened, about 5 minutes. Add apples and sugar, continue to sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until everything is browned and soft. Add apple juice and bring to high heat, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes until most of the liquid is evaporated and you have a thick sauce, about the consistency of caramel.
- Serve the baked tofu over the apples and onion.