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Being a vegetarian can be difficult at times. I’m always looking for creative recipes and fun ways to cook with vegetables. Turning side dishes into main dishes isn’t an easy task! And I’m especially happy when I come across ways to spice up tofu. In anticipation of the newest season of Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin, celebrity chef Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are incorporating their Tuscan-inspired cooking into healthy recipes, like these yummy tofu dishes. If you’re like me, you probably cut the tofu into cubes and toss it in the pan with your pad thai (or something equally simple). These recipes will have you looking at tofu in a whole new light.

Pesto Shirataki With Cherry Tomatoes and Green Beans:

Pesto Tofu Shirataki With Cherry Tomatoes and Green BeansCourtesy of House Foods Tofu

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages House Foods Tofu Shirataki (macaroni shape)
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 large clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup steamed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

In the sink, rinse Tofu Shirataki well under water. Drain and pat well using paper towels. Add to a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes; drain well.

Combine the basil, pine nuts, garlic and oil in a mortar and pestle or food processor and blend until a paste forms. Add the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and pulse until smooth. Toss pesto, cherry tomatoes and green beans with the cooked noodles.

Serves 2

Tofu Salsa Verde With Hearts of Romaine:

Tofu Dressing With Romaine HeartsCourtesy of House Foods Tofu

Ingredients

1/2 (14 ounce) package House Foods Organic or Premium Soft (silken) Tofu
1/3 cup Parsley leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons capers (packaged in vinegar)
2 oil-packed anchovies
1 clove garlic, peeled
juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 hearts of romaine, chopped

Directions

Add tofu, parsley, capers, anchovies, garlic and lemon juice to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add romaine to a large bowl and toss with salsa verde. Leftover dressing can be kept refrigerated in a covered container for two days.

Note: To make this vegetarian, leave out the anchovies and replace with another 2 teaspoons of capers.

Serves 6

Tofu Tiramisu:

Tofu TiramisuCourtesy of House Foods Tofu

Ingredients

2 cups brewed coffee
1 (14-ounce) package House Foods Organic or Premium Tofu Medium-Firm
1 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons, divided
5 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
14 ounces hard lady fingers
2 tablespoons cocoa
shaved dark chocolate, for garnish

Directions

Add 3 tablespoons sugar into hot coffee and stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool.

Drain and add tofu to a food processor; blend until completely smooth (about 1 minute).

Add egg yolks and 1 cup of sugar in a bowl and whisk until fluffy and light yellow in color. Whisk in the tofu until smooth and well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt using an electric hand mixer until they reach medium stiff peaks. Fold into the tofu mixture.

Dip the ladyfingers into the hot coffee and lay them into a single layer in a 9-by-13 glass baking tray. Make sure you don’t completely soak the cookies, as you want to retain some crunch. Spread a layer of tofu on top, and dust lightly with cocoa powder. Repeat layering with cookies, tofu and cocoa powder. Garnish the top of the cake with shaved dark chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and let refrigerate for 3 hours so the flavors can marry.

Serves 8

What are some of your favorite ways to cook with tofu? Tell me in the comments below.

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7 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    The last recipe looks very good.

  2. Abbi says:

    The pasta dish looks amazing! I am definitely going to be trying that soon.

  3. Megan says:

    The jury's still out on tofu with me. Still haven't decided if I'm pro or con.

  4. Waka network says:

    This recipe was incredible. I am looking forward to doing it

  5. Rolland Ro says:

    I have seen that green beans adds a lot to any dish and people who don't normally eat beans like it dishes like this. Therefore I put beans in dishes for flavor.

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  6. joeanna anthony says:

    Pesto Shirataki With Cherry Tomatoes and Green Beans , this dish looks really tempting. Its power packed with proteins. I'd love to try it as I am switching over to veggies.

  7. Marie says:

    thanks for these recipes. I had a tofu that was sitting in my fridge for days already and I thought of looking up recipes for this. The tofu tiramisu was unexpected, love it. http://www.cheapsewingmachine.net/

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