Snowed In and Fried Tofu for Meat Lovers

Healthy Fried Tofu that will leave even Meat Lovers begging for more {Gluten Free, Vegan} by NutriFitMama

   

 

**I am linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and Tina Muir for Meatless Monday. Thanks for hosting!!

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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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Healthy Fried Tofu even Meat Lover's will love {Gluten Free, Vegan} by NutriFitMama

Fried Tofu with Trader Joe's Sriracha BBQ Sauce {Gluten Free, Vegan} by NutriFitMama

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    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.

Chicken Fried Tofu with Trader Joe's Sriracha BBQ Sauce {Gluten Free, Vegan} by NutriFitMama

 

Healthy Fried Tofu with Sriracha BBQ Sauce {Gluten Free, Vegan} | NutriFitMama

 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. 

Trader Joe's Sriracha and Roasted Garlic Sauce with Healthy, Gluten Free Fried Tofu | NutriFitMama

Healthy Chicken Fried Tofu with Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce {Gluten Free, Vegan} | NutriFitMama

 

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. :)

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Tofu that will leave even Meat Lover's begging for more | NutriFitMama

 

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How do YOU like your tofu? Or does it freak you out? Are you ready for warmer weather yet? 

 

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74 thoughts on “Snowed In and Fried Tofu for Meat Lovers

  1. Yay for tofu! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m Chinese, so it’s kinda always been a part of my life, and I’ve never understood why people find it weird (it just takes on the taste of everything around it! :O ). I’ve never actually tried frying it (mostly because I’m terrible at frying pretty much anything), but this looks delicious! Yay for sriracha! (That sauce sounds amazing. <3)
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    • I need more people like you in my life! I need more ideas for tofu that isn’t slimy and weird (that’s my issue with it to be honest- the taste isn’t bad, like you said- it takes the taste of everything around it). And yes- if you can get to a Trader Joe’s that sauce is SO worth it. :)

      • The closest one is 2 hours away! :'( I think I may have to request a TJ care package from my friends soon, hahaha. <3 They have extra firm tofu that isn't quite so "slimy"! :O I've also actually thrown silken tofu into a smoothie before and wouldn't have noticed at all if I hadn't been the one to add it in there. Extra protein, yay! ๐Ÿ˜€
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        • 2 hours?! Oh no! I thought I had it bad because mine is 35 min or so! Yes, I think you NEED a TJ care package! :) I don’t mind tofu in smoothies- it’s been a while since I have used it. I think I will be doing that soon now that you bring it up, thank you! Yea, the extra firm is what I used for this fried tofu- I need to edit this post and let everyone know that! Oops!!

    • Yea, this week is not looking good- I guess it’s best to be sick when you can’t really be out doing other things anyways right?! Still..bummer! I hope you get over your cold quickly! I think I’m going to have to go to the dr for this upper respiratory thing- I have learned not to wait too long because I always regret that decision!

    • Yes, the texture is just…well…let’sjust say it’s SO not my thing. THIS though- is really good. As long as you get out that excess moisture/water it totally changes the texture when you try it and it’s actually really good this way. Either way get that BBQ sauce- that stuff is good on ANYTHING. I even dipped some carrots in it HAHA.

    • Yes, the texture is what freaks me out! That’s why it is essential to get that excess water/moisture out before frying. TOTALLY changes the texture and will make it not only edible, but GOOD. Seriously! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • See- I can’t even have the tofu in miso soup because of the texture. I always give it to my 3 year old, she loves it! :) If you try this let me know how you like it! Getting that excess moisture/water out is key for fried tofu IMO!

    • Ha I understand! It’s the same way in this house! My son stole the last few pieces of my fried tofu and he is NOT a tofu fan at all It really is about texture though- make sure to get the moisture out and the texture will NOT be the weird, sliminess that freaks people (me!) out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I like Tofu (my husband is the meat lover, not I) and I know I’d like this dish! I think my husband might even like it too! Be safe with the weather…I live in Maine and while I’m used to that weather…it can sometimes be zero fun!

    • I think he would like this one- just because the texture isn’t weird. Of course, my husband was scared to try it, but when he did he couldn’t deny he liked it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yea, this weather is NOT fun but so difficult because we aren’t prepared or capable of dealing with it like up there!! (although I still say weather like this ANYWHERE is a bummer- I can’t breathe walking outside right now haha!)

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    • Yea, it’s tricky for sure!I try to squeeze out as much as I can, let it sit briefly, squeeze again and slice. If I let it sit too long it can get crumbly. Maybe that’s why people just let it go and eat slimy tofu? HA!

    • It is my first time linking up for Meatless Monday, and I plan on this giving me a good reason to post “real” food as opposed to healthy desserts and snacks on the blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great link up! :)

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