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Meatless Monday with Vegan Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu and Coconut Rice

Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR businesss strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

Tofu itself has no flavour but luckily it picks up and takes on its surrounding flavours so there is really no end to what you can do with tofu. Take today’s recipe for example; tofu is given a Hawaiian flair by being marinated in a lemony garlic sauce, then lightly battered and fried and paired with a creamy coconut rice and fresh pineapple spears. This entrée will transport you to the tropics without the grass skirt and lei of course :)  This delicious and fresh-tasting recipe comes courtesy of Cara Carin of Caras Kitchen via One Green Planet, an amazing resource for all things good for the planet like being vegan.

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE COCONUT RICE:vegan hawaiin style fried tofu with coconut rice

  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

FOR THE FRIED TOFU:

  • 1 14-ounce package extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter (optional)
  • Pink salt and pepper, to taste

FOR SERVING:

  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple

PREPARATION

  1. To make the rice, add the coconut milk and coconut water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, salt, and coconut oil. Bring back to a bowl, then cover and reduce to a lower simmer. Depending on your rice and the package instructions, simmer about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. To make the tofu, first, prep your tofu for frying. Fill up a medium bowl with 4-5 cups are warm water and dissolve a teaspoon or two of pink salt in the water and put the tofu in for 7-10 minutes.
  3. While the tofu soaks, create the marinade by preparing your ingredients as stated above and putting the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, flour, cayenne, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Remove the tofu from the salt bath and using paper towels, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Then slice the tofu in to small rectangles (or however you want) and using paper towels pat dry some more. You want to remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Add the sliced tofu into the bowl and gently mix well with a spoon to evenly coat the tofu. You could also add this to a plastic ziplock instead. Let the tofu marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Then gently spa a cast iron skillet with coconut oil. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade and lay out the tofu in an even layer. Heat to medium, and brown on the first side for about 7 minutes. Carefully lift the edges of one piece to check and see if it is getting crispy. Once golden brown, flip over and fry up on the remaining side.
  7. Gently transfer to a bowl. Then in the same skillet, melt butter and caramelize the garlic that is left in the pan from the tofu until golden brown. Pour on top of the tofu right before serving. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a pinch of fresh chopped parsley.

Enjoy!

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