Feb 042013

For my Kale and Tofu Sandwich scroll down!


And the winner of the giveaway is #13 Anna Rabhan! Please check out her article at her website the Organic Adventurer on Palm Oil and Orangutans.


The long ago day when I overheard people talking about the book the China Study was the day that changed my life.  I had already been leaning towards a plant based diet, but the facts about the proteins in animals and dairy scared me enough to finally make that change.  The authors studied the instances of cancer, diabetes and heart disease in populations of rural China that ate little to no animal foods. They then took these findings back and performed laboratory studies where they found they could turn on and turn off cancer cells with the addition of the protein found in milk.

Even if it isn’t true the more I ask questions and facts I learn about the treatment of animals, especially dairy cows in most of the commercial farming industry, the happier I am that I found this book and the more I celebrate plant proteins like tofu, tempeh and legumes!  Do you ever wonder…..What happens when it is time to retire that dairy cow? What happens to the male goats? What about male chicks in the egg industry?   How do we harvest down and foie gras? 

Ultimately each person is free to make their own decisions absolutely free of judgement.  I encourage all of us to simply make informed decisions.  Just like in all areas of life, it is so important to edcuate ourselves on the facts as best we can and then select what is right for us.


For those of you that are thinking about adding more plant based foods into your diet but don’t know what to do with tofu, the first thing you need to know is that you have to press the water out of it to get a firm texture that is reminiscent of animal protein.  You can do this by putting a bunch of paper towels under the tofu and placing two plates, one on top and one on bottom, and topping with some weight (usually heavy books work well) for an hour up to overnight.  OR you can get this super easy tofu press!  My tofu press I bought from TofuXpress years ago is one of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets that gets used at least weekly.  I can’t tell you how much I love this thing! No more plates and messy towels – this press will not only press the water out, you can marinate right in it!

TofuXpress Giveaway from FCC!

TofuXpress Giveaway from FCC!

I am so excited to bring you a giveaway of a TofuXpress!

This press is a $40 value and I will ship to anywhere is the continental US.

To enter for THREE chances to win – tell all your friends!

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The giveaway will end in one week on Monday, February 11th, 2013 5:30AM EST

Good luck!

Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

This is one of my favorite ways to eat pressed tofu – SIMPLE, with kale, seasonings and a great dressing.  Lately a kale, tofu and Annie’s Light Goddess dressing salad is all I bring for lunch. The great thing is that the hearty kale can stand up to being dressed that morning so I don’t have to worry about it turning to mush and at the same time it can marinate to the tofu. Yesterday for lunch I decided to try it as a sandwich and it was really good. The toasted bun gives it a nice crunch and the flavor of the Annie’s dressing is a soy/tahini/cider vinegar base which gives it a nutty and slightly salty flavor.

It is important to season firm, pressed and uncooked tofu because, just like any animal protein, it needs some flavor.  Have you ever tried an unseasoned piece of chicken? I remember what it tastes like – bleck!

If you are not sure about leaving the tofu uncooked – you can marinate it in the dressing and then roast, grill or pan sear it.

Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

Easy Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

Serves 1
Printable Recipe


1 bagel thin, I used Rudis Whole Wheat Flatz
2 curly kale leaves
1/4 block pressed organic tofu
Coarse sea salt, fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp Annie’s Light Goddess Dressing


1. Toast bagel thin; top with 1 kale leaf; top with tofu; sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and dressing; top with remaining kale leaf.

Full Nutrition info not available for this recipe
225 cals
12.8 grams protein
1/2 your daily calcium
Enjoy my Easy Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich!

  38 Responses to “Tofu Xpress Giveaway and an Easy Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich”

  1. My garlic press is my favorite kitchen gadget!

  2. Already like and follow Florida Coastal Cooking! Shared the giveaway on facebook and twitter!

  3. I have always wondered how to get the water out of tofu…the plate and paper towel thing never really works that well.

  4. I have a kitchen gadget addiction, but I think the one that gets the most work in my kitchen is my salad spinner!

  5. I never thought I’d want a tofu press, but I really really do. I used a set up of bricks and a cast iron grill right now LOL. I think my fave gadget is probably my food processor. I use it all the time.

  6. Right now my favorite kitchen gadget is my juicer. I bought it recently and my family is enjoying the healthy juices I have been making. A tofu press would be a welcome gadget. Your sandwich looks delicious.

  7. I am following you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

  8. My favorite kitchen gadget is definitely my vegetable spiralizer that I got for Christmas! It is so fun to make raw noodles out of zucchini, carrots, daikon, and other fruits and veggies! I’ve used it so many times since I’ve gotten it to makes slaws and salads.

  9. I like Florida Coastal Cooking on Facebook and I shared this post!

  10. I follow Florida Coastal Cooking on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway!

  11. I have a bit of a thing for slow cookers. I love the fact that I can throw what I need into it and know that dinner is going to be done while I take care of other things. I have 5 of them in different sizes.

  12. Right now, my fav. kitchen gadget is my salad spinner. It’s so handy to be able to rinse, dry and store lettuce and other greens with one gadget. But if I had a tofu press, I think THAT would become my favorite kitchen gadget ;)

  13. Shared on FB!

    My comment: “What a great giveaway (and gadget)!”

  14. Tweeted via @OrgAdventurer!

  15. I wish more people WOULD educate themselves to those questions you ask, and many more.

    my favorite kitchen gadget when cooking with tofu? my heavy tea kettle, because I NEED a tofu press so badly! ;) my most used would probably be my vitamix or my food processor…

  16. Oooh, it is very hard to read the comments since they are in white, Dawn. Otherwise, I am stoked for moving to the US so I can win prizes like this! My favourite kitchen gadget? Lemon squeezer. :)

  17. I LOVE my rice cooker. I use it to make steel cut oats, quinoa, AND brown rice. Push one button and it does the rest.

  18. I love my immersion blender! I make a lot of dips and soups with it!

  19. My favorite kitchen gadget is usually a tie between my food processor and my blender, but lately I’m in a hummus kick, so it’s been the one getting way more use.

  20. Kitchen gadget…my go to is always my Kitchen Aid peeler. I seem to be using that thing for everything!

  21. I love my tongs, is use them every day!

  22. I shared this on Facebook too!

  23. Garlic slicer!

  24. Our Vita-Mix is my favorite kitchen gadget. It gets a work out almost every day from smoothies, hummus, soup prep, and even grain grinding for some healthy oat waffles!

  25. just found your page!

  26. oh wait, my fav kitchen gadget- that would be my hot water kettle, it gets used several times a day to make coffee and tea :)

  27. I love my salad spinner – I use it all the time!

  28. I am SUCH a huge tofu fan and have been dying for a tofu press! Fabulous. My favorite kitchen appliance is my stand mixer! But my immersion blender is a close second.

  29. My favorite kitchen gadget is my Kitchenaid!!! I cried when I unwrapped it two Christmases ago and use it so much! LOVE!!!

  30. I “liked” and shared on Facebook.

  31. I followed on Twitter & shared the giveaway there, too.

  32. Finally, I am interested in the idea of a tofu press. I have attempted to cook with tofu twice at home and didn’t have good results. Maybe this was the missing link!

  33. My favorite gadget is my magic bullet chopper/blender. I use it all the time. Pretty sure a tofu press would replace it though!

  34. Followed and shared the link on Twitter. Off to facebook now!

  35. Posted and shared on FB as well!

  36. Favorite Kitchen Gadget: My Vitamix of course!!

  37. […] per pound. (Price on 1/5/2013 at Publix Supermarket.) When prepared properly, tofu is delicious.  Press it, marinate and grill, roast, sauté, or replace for chicken in any […]

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