Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tomato and lime scrambled tofu on rice

Brunch: Tomato and lime scrambled tofu on rice

Snack: A Gypsy cookie from the fabulous Bunner's Bakery

Dinner: The Energy Bowl with a juice and a cupcake from Fresh

Oddly, the thing that sparked the idea for this recipe was capers. Putin fell in love with capers in Sydney when Louise used them in a pasta sauce, and he went on about them for months until he eventually bought some in Toronto. There they were, sat in the fridge, daring me to do something interesting with them for brunch. So I did.

Scrambled tofu usually involves cumin and coriander and a hint of India. I decided to go more Mexican with this, combining tofu and beans to get that nutritionally awesome beans-and-rice combination that's fantastic in the morning. Throw in some tomato, lime and, of course, capers, and you've got a zingy brunch that's a little different.

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
1 cup white rice
1/2 onion, diced
4-5 large tomatoes
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 cup kidney beans
2 tbsp capers
juice of 1 1/2 limes
250-300 grams firm tofu

Boil the rice with 2 cups water, then bring down to a simmer with the lid on the pan, for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked
While the rice is cooking, fry the onion in a little oil until just browning
Add the tomatoes and crush them with a spatula as they cook for 4-5 minutes. They should end up totally smashed
Add in the paprika and oregano and stir well
Add in the kidney beans and capers and stir
Keeping the frying pan on a high heat, allow to cook until the juice from the tomatoes has mostly reduced. This could be anywhere from 2 minutes to 8 minutes
In a bowl, break up the tofu with a fork until it looks like scrambled eggs
Add the tofu and lime juice to the pan
Stir well and continue to cook on a high heat until everything has reduced
Serve on top of rice and enjoy!

This meal goes particularly well with a glass of cold mango juice, or water with some lime slices in it.

One of the main problems with brunch in a lot of places is that the meals are heavy but nutritionally sparse, so although you leave feeling totally stuffed you've still got that nagging hungry feeling after an hour or so. You definitely will not get that feeling with this brunch!

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