Ok, so maybe we aren’t “snowed in” but we are stuck at home. Before anyone starts making fun of our small amount of snow here in the south, let’s remember a huge difference between areas that are used to snow and the south- down here, we aren’t prepared to this type of weather because it might happen MAYBE once or twice a year. And that is PLENTY for me!
My son is out of school until Thursday, and since we cannot leave the house (seriously- roads are too icy and there was sadly a fatal crash right around the corner from where we live earlier today..NOT worth the risk ) I think we are all going a little stir crazy around here. Maybe it’s the fact that we know we can’t leave so it makes it worse? Or maybe it’s because I’m starting to get that upper respiratory infection that I have been trying to avoid..ugh.
Today is definitely a rest day for me, and I had planned on cleaning..but it’s just so hard when you can’t breathe. So instead, I am letting the kids trash the house and help me cook and come up with fun creations for the blog. They love that.
My son wants to come up with a recipe for the blog so he can be famous. HA. Isn’t that cute? 😉 And my daughters..well, the 3 year old was hugging me the other night before bed and said “I give you 20 likes Mommy!!” How does she even know what a “Like” is? Seriously- we don’t talk about that kind of thing, but apparently she heard one of us say it at some point. And my 6 year old is all about the blog. She is always finding new things she wants me to post about and takes to many pics to put on here. Kids are fun lol.
As you might have heard, a lot of vegetarians are “in” to tofu. I have always been scared of the stuff personally. The texture and the bland taste…just too weird for me. Well, since actually becoming a vegetarian myself, I have opened the door to trying new things. One of them: TOFU. Up until now I have ONLY had tofu at ONE place that actually tasted good. The fried tofu at the Whole Foods hot bar. That stuff rocks. But at every single place I have tried tofu other than that, well, let’s just say it hasn’t been good.
I decided it’s time for me to start making my own tofu dishes. The real trick would be convincing my family to try it. Between the meat eaters and the picky 3 year old..luck wasn’t on my side. I have read in many places that one of the secrets to fried tofu is getting the liquid out of the tofu. Apparently a lot of people are
lazy unaware to do this. So, if you would like to make tofu that will have even meat lover’s begin for more..read on 😉
First, drain your tofu (make sure you use EXTRA FIRM TOFU) and then place between two towels/paper towels and gently squeeze as much excess water out as you can. I used extra paper towels to do this because there is a LOT of moisture in there. No wonder tofu always tastes so slimy and weird…
Next, place between two dry towels/paper towels and put something kind of heavy on top (a couple cans or something) and let sit for a bit. I let mine sit for about 20 minutes because we were pretty hungry. I repressed the tofu to get additional moisture out. It just kept coming and coming. Geez.
Then, I sliced into small pieces. I put some gluten free breadcrumb mixture with seasoning in a ziplock bag. I used Namaste Gluten Free Coating Mix (disclosure: Amazon affiliate link. You can also find at your local healthy food store):
You can really use anything you typically use to coat things before frying: breadcrumbs and seasoning, almond flour, etc. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Or, you don’t even have to use a coating- we just live in the south and like fried stuff coated in breading. 😉
Ok, after that put your tofu in the bag with the coating mixture and gently shake. Not too hard. Just enough to evenly coat. Remove the tofu from the bag, place on plate and discard extra coating. Get a few tablespoons of coconut oil and melt over medium high heat on the stove.
Dump the tofu in the hot oil and fry for a few minutes on each side. Don’t be afraid to let it get really brown. It’s better crispy in my opinion. Remove and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Yea, today we aren’t concerned with wasting paper towels. Lol.
Serve with Trader Joe’s Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce. This is mandatory. Ok, not really, but highly recommended. This stuff is SO good.
And this, my friend, is how you make fried tofu that doesn’t taste like slimy mush. Even the meat lover’s over here ate it. That’s a HUGE deal.
**I’m linking up with A Southern Fairytale for Mouthwatering Mondays. Check it out for some more awesome yummy recipes! **
How do YOU like your tofu? Or does it freak you out? Are you ready for warmer weather yet?