Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Marinated spicy tofu and spinach salad

Breakfast: The largest fruit and granola smoothie known to man

Lunch: Marinated spicy tofu and spinach salad

Dinner: Garlic pita pockets, Russian vinaigrette and spinach and avocado salad, courtesy of Putin

One of the best ideas when you're having people over is to make a few little dishes that compliment each other nicely. This is a great choice for that kind of occasion, and also makes a great little lunch or side dish for dinner, too.

It's stupidly simple to make and full of flavour; just leave the tofu to soak while you make the rest of your meal then fry it up at the end. Easy!

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
250 grams firm tofu
2-3 small red chilis, chopped finely
4 tbsp soy sauce
juice of 1 1/2 limes
3 cups fresh spinach
2 large tomatoes
a little oil

Stir together the soy sauce, lime juice and chilis
Place the tofu in a shallow bowl and pour the soy sauce mixture over the top
Allow to marinade for at least one hour, more if possible
After the marinading time has passed, slice the tomatoes and chop the tofu into cubes between 1 inch square and 3/4 inch square
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and toss in the tofu pieces when hot
Allow to brown gently, flipping regularly so both sides cook, then pour in the rest of the marinade
Allow the marinade to mostly reduce then remove the tofu from the pan
Throw the spinach into the pan quickly and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted
Serve spinach with tomato slices on top, topped off with the tofu
Pour any remaining marinade over the whole lot

The ingredients in this dish play gorgeously off against each other despite being simple. This is a great little dish for a summer lunch!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good...I will try it for sure.