Thursday, February 28, 2013

Maple Sesame Tofu with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Tofu has become a main staple in my house lately. I love how versatile and easy it is to work with. This lean protein is a low-calorie nutrition powerhouse! Tofu needs to be marinaded or seasoned well because it has a light and "interesting" flavor otherwise. It absorbs the flavors well and searing tofu gives it a wonderful texture. This tofu has a touch of sweetness, which pairs well with the glazed sweet potatoes and a nice glass of white wine.

I typically keep kale pretty simple. Steamed with just a touch of olive oil, salt, and pepper. That way we retain all of the vitamins and minerals. Boiling your greens leaches many of the nutrients into the water, which is typically not used. Plus steaming/sautéing tastes better anyways! Did you know that oil with your greens makes it easier for your body to absorb their nutrients?

Maple Sesame Tofu
Serves 3

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 14-oz package of extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Marinade Ingredients:
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari if GF)
2 Tbsp real Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1. Slice the tofu into 1/2" slices. Place into a large bowl.
2. Mix the marinade ingredients together and pour over the tofu. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the tofu.
3. Heat canola oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  When oil is hot enough (sprinkle a tiny amount of water in the pan, oil should sizzle)
4. Place slices of tofu in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.

Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4

2 medium sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Toss sweet potatoes with oil, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
3. Bake for 45 minutes or until softened

Nutrition Facts: 3 slices of tofu, 1/2 cup sweet potatoes, and 1-1/2 cups kale
350 calories, 12 g protein, 34 g carbohydrates, 19 g fat (2 g saturated), 6 g fiber, 360 mg sodium



  1. This was absolutely delicious. What I like about meals like this is that you can totally overindulge and still feel good.

  2. So glad you enjoyed! In my opinion you can't go wrong with Asian flavored tofu! AND its not deep fried (like it often is when you order it at Chinese restaurants).