Monday, December 15, 2014

Easy Balsamic Tofu Steaks

Balsamic Tofu Steaks save my life on a regular basis. They are so easy to make, so versatile, and they can be made in bulk and saved in the fridge for later use. Whenever I haven't planned for lunch or dinner, I always fall back on these because they are so quick to make, easy to take with you, great served hot or cold, and they pair well with all of my favorite things!

As pictured above, I love throwing them into a sandwich with lettuce and tomato (and some avocado too!). They also go well on top of a salad, in a wrap, over a pasta salad (this one especially), Mediterranean quinoa salad, as a snack by themselves, and anything you can think of!

Healthy Life Tip: Make a dish with these tofu steaks at the beginning of the week and make extra steaks to have with a variety of different lunch options throughout the week. This is a huge time saver, and an easy way to ensure your lunches are homemade and healthy!

Balsamic Tofu Steaks:

Package or more of organic firm or extra firm tofu
Your favorite balsamic dressing (I love OrganicVille's Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinaigrette)
Organic Italian seasoning
Organic red pepper flakes (optional) 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

If you have time, or know you are going to make this in advance, have the steaks marinating in your balsamic vinaigrette ahead of time. If you don't, I find following the steps below helps to achieve the most flavor is the shortest amount of time. 

Slice the tofu into 6 steaks and press out the water pretty well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place slightly less then a tablespoon of vinaigrette where each tofu steak will go. Place steaks onto the the sheet making sure the vinaigrette is spread out beneath each. 

Next, using a fork, poke a generous amount of holes into the top of the steaks. Cover each steak with your balsamic vinaigrette, making sure it covers the sides as well. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top of each as desired and for an extra kick, also sprinkle on some red pepper flakes. 

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until edges become golden and crispy, then enjoy! 

Time Saver Tip: Prepare the steaks first and as they are cooking prepare your other ingredients. 

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