Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies over Fresh Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto PLUS Tips on How to Make Tofu Look Like Chicken! 9


Kebabs are one of summer’s best friends. Fire up the grill and create some of my Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies – your grill (and belly) will thank you for it.


Open your mind……

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

“Many people know that animals around the world are treated badly, yet they turn their minds away.” – Ruby Roth, Vegan is Love

So I say…..open your mind to what is going on in factory farms. 

“Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do.”
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals 

“I could NEVER.”  Some people say.

Never give up meat. Give up dairy. Eat tofu.

I do believe I heard that out of my husband’s mouth.

(But curiosity got the best of him.)

It looks like chicken.

“Hey! It’s pretty good!”

Score.

How did I manage to do this and WHY?

Let’s start with the why.

For the same reason I would pre-prep and pre-make dishes for my CSA….so folks would at least try it.  Even ONE meat and dairy free meal helps your body, the environment and, of course, the animals that were not eaten.

“But that’s the challenge — to change the system more than it changes you.”
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies over Fresh Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto

The HOW.

Tips on how to make tofu look like chicken.

Simple method:

Step 1: Press well.  Do this the day before you are going to eat it or at least a few hours in advance. I LOVE my tofu xpress, or you can simply wrap the tofu in thick paper towels and a kitchen towel, place it between two plates and weight down the top plate with a very heavy book and/or soup cans.  If you are pressing it overnight, place in the fridge; if not, it is fine to leave on the counter.

Step 2: Crumble into chunks with fingers.

Fancy Method:

Step 1: Press well.

Step 2: Cut around the entire tofu to remove any flat planes and edges – think chicken breast. Save all the little shreds to season and throw on a salad.

Step 3: Now cut the tofu into similarly sized but asymmetrical pieces.

Step 4: Run your knife along the flat planes making small downward cuts to shred the edges a bit and then throw the tofu in the marinade.  See the below video and I promise to get a better one soon! Stay tuned…..

(All these steps will also help the marinade seep in a bit better.)

Ever wondered how to disguise tofu? This very humorous, last minute (and shaky) video shows you how. Warning: The videographer was my 4 year old.

Now that all the nuts and bolts are out of the way, let’s get down to the food.

The weather is getting warmer and people are ready to start grilling!  There is nothing like a nice crisp char on some veggies and a mouth-watering, marinated protein-of-choice (tempeh would be great too) – perfect with cool salsa and creamy avocado.  This whole concoction, nestled in a bed of aromatic-nutty cilantro and sunflower seed pesto, is a perfect medley of flavor, texture and temperature.

Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies over Fresh Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto
 

Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies
Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies
Serves 6
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 block organic, extra firm tofu, pressed 1 hour to overnight
  2. 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp adobo seasoning
  3. 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
  4. 2 fresh zucchini, sliced
  5. 1 onion, quartered and cut into chunks
  6. 5oz button mushrooms
  7. For the Adobo Seasoning Recipe
  8. Notes: You will definitely have left over.
  9. This step can be skipped by purchasing pre-mixed adobo seasoning.
  10. 2 tsp each; garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, cumin, dried oregano
  11. 1 tsp chili powder
  12. 1 Tbsp paprika
  13. 2 Tbsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 Tbsp adobo seasoning and 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large bowl; cut tofu into chunks (see tip on how to make tofu look like chicken) and add to bowl; toss to coat and set aside for at least an hour or the day.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high; season the vegetables with remaining 2 tsp adobo seasoning and 2 tsp olive oil; toss to coat.
  3. Thread veggies and tofu onto skewers in an alternating pattern; spray with organic, non-stick spray.
  4. Grill until nice char marks appear and vegetables are soft but not mushy; 5-10 minutes on one side and 5 or so minutes on the next.
Notes
  1. Tip: Press the tofu overnight and then marinate during the day.
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Fresh Citrus Salsa

Fresh Citrus Salsa
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tomatoes, chopped
  2. 1 navel orange, peeled and chopped
  3. 1/4 red onion, chopped
  4. Juice 1 lime
  5. 1 avocado, seeded and chopped
  6. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  7. Dash coarse sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
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Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto

Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto

Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup fresh cilantro
  2. 1 Tbsp chopped onion
  3. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  4. 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  5. 1/8 - 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt (depending on taste)
  6. 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in Magic Bullet or blender.
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