I love roasting tofu because it gives crispness to this vegetarian “cheese” (although I don’t like to call it cheese). Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in iron and, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calcium and/or magnesium. It is also rich in vitamin B1 and B2.
Kale is also a healthy ingredient that is great if it’s roasted or toasted. It is a plant that very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, and reasonably rich in calcium.
Lemon Herb Roasted Tofu and Kale With Quinoa
(Inspired by The First Mess)
Ingredients (serves 2)
– 300 g firm tofu, pressed and diced
– 1 medium bunch of kale, leaves removed and torn into bit sized pieces
– juice and zest of 1 lemon
– 2 cloves garlic, sliced
– 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
– 3-4 sprigs thyme, leaves removed and chopped
– 1 teaspoon chili flakes
– 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– salt, pepper
– 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
Preheat the oven to 180C (356F). Line a large sheet with parchment paper.
Place lemon zest, sliced garlic, chili flakes, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper in the bowl of a mortar and pestle. Grind it up until a dry paste is achieved. Add olive oil, lemon juice and grind + combine until mixture is unified.
In a bowl mix together tofu cubes with half of the olive oil, lemon juice and herb mixture. Place onto the baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until golden brown (halfway mix through the tofu cubes with a wooden spoon). Remove the roasted tofu cubes into a bowl. Toss the kale with the remaining olive oil, lemon juice and herb mixture in the same bowl. Place kale onto the same baking sheet and roast at 160C (320F) for about 5-8 minutes.
Serve the lemon herb roasted tofu and kale with cooked quinoa.