Monday, October 17, 2011

Meatless Monday...Holy Mole Tofu!

I wanted to try a new tofu recipe this week for meatless monday.  I was craving something with stewed tomatoes... but wasn't in the mood for chili or Italian cuisine.  I decided to experiment with a mole sauce and stew the tofu in the sauce.  Its a slightly sweet, but spicy tomato sauce that has hints of cocoa in it.
 The result: an amazingly delicious vegetarian meal... that tastes meaty!  My mole sauce might not be authentic, but it is really tasty and really made the tofu come alive!  Serve this dish over brown rice and your favorite vegetable and you have a balanced meal!

What is mole sauce?
Mole sauce is a Mexican sauce made of different types of peppers, lots of spices, tomatoes and chocolate.  The chocolate gives it its traditional color.  There are close to 20 varieties of mole sauce and is traditionally served at holidays and weddings.

Holy Mole Tofu
Serves 4

1 tsp canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 jalepeno, diced
1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
2 cups of vegetable stock, reduced sodium
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 package of extra firm tofu, sliced
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (baking cocoa)

Directions:  Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add green pepper, jalepeno, and onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for additional minute.  Add diced tomatoes, cinnamon, cayenne, thyme, and smoked paprika and simmer for 5 minutes (until the consistency of a paste).  Add vegetable stock and simmer for 25 minutes.  Add the tofu and cocoa and simmer for additional 10 minutes.

Nutrition facts: 4 oz of tofu, 1/2 cup rice, 10 spears asparagus
275 calories, 39 g carbohydrates, 17 g protein, 8 g fat, 9 g fiber, 285 mg sodium

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