while i enjoy cooking and making things, i HATE all the prep work, especially when it comes to vegetables. as i am standing there busy cutting, trimming, peeling, coring vegetables, i start to understand why people are paying double the price for pre-prepared vegetables at the grocery stores!
the following tofu dish is a very simple dish to make for lunch or dinner which requires little work on your part. it is low in fat and high in protein and very flavourful due to the ingredients used. the best part is there is no vegetable chopping involved except for some ginger and garlic!
if you keep kosher, mitoku sells a variety of kosher asian products. check the links ... and even if you don't, they have a wide variety of interesting products which are both organic and macrobiotic.
sweet and spicy ginger baked tofu
1 lb (454 g) extra firm or firm tofu
2 tbsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
4 tbsp japanese soy sauce (shoyu)
4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp honey or brown rice syrup
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil + 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
chopped green onion ('shallots') for garnish
preheat oven to 350 F.
cut tofu into 1/2 inch slices. place them flat in a pyrex.
make marinade — chop garlic and ginger finely and place them in a bowl with the oil.
add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
pour the marinade over the tofu slices.
bake everything for 1 hour.
serve either hot or room temperature with rice.