Seriously Easy Vegan Recipes Starring Tofu

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Tofu, a versatile and protein-packed soy product, is a staple in many vegan kitchens. Often seen as bland, tofu is a blank canvas ready to absorb the flavors you infuse it with. This article explores three easy and delicious vegan recipes featuring tofu, perfect for busy weeknights or weekend experimentation.

Craving Comfort? Try This Creamy Vegan Mac and “Cheese”

Easy Grilled Tofu & Asparagus
Easy Grilled Tofu & Asparagus

This creamy vegan mac and “cheese” is guaranteed to satisfy your comfort food cravings. It’s packed with protein and healthy fats, making it a guilt-free indulgence.

# Ingredients:

1 block (14 oz) extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (cashew, almond, or soy work well)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked pasta (elbow, shells, or cavatappi recommended)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. Crumble the tofu with your hands or a fork.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for another minute.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together plant-based milk, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, Dijon mustard, paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
    4. Pour the wet mixture into the pan with the onion and garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until thickened.
    5. Add crumbled tofu and cooked pasta to the pan. Toss to coat everything in the creamy sauce.
    6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

    Feeling Spicy? Go for Vegan Kung Pao Tofu

    This vegan kung pao tofu is a quick and flavorful stir-fry packed with a spicy kick. It’s perfect for a light yet satisfying meal.

    # Ingredients:

    1 block (14 oz) extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (adjust for desired spice level)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Cooked rice (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. Toss tofu cubes with cornstarch to coat evenly.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together vegetable broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.
    3. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of oil and cook the tofu cubes until golden brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    4. Add a little more oil to the pan, if needed. Sauté the red bell pepper and broccoli florets for 2-3 minutes, until slightly tender-crisp.
    5. Pour the sauce mixture into the pan and bring to a simmer. Add the cooked tofu back to the pan and stir to coat.
    6. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve immediately over cooked rice, if desired.

    In the Mood for Something Light? Make a Refreshing Tofu Scramble

    This protein-packed tofu scramble is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. It’s easily customizable with your favorite vegetables and spices.

    # Ingredients:

    1 block (14 oz) extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped vegan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, or cilantro work well)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat toast (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of oil and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms until softened, about 5 minutes.
    2. Crumble the tofu into the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until slightly browned.
    3. Stir in vegetable broth, turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper.