A few weeks ago, when Valerie and I had dinner at Open City, Val ordered the tofu scramble and pointed out that the restaurant’s addition of tahini to the scramble gives it a distinctly “feta” like flavor. Curious, I took a bite: feta was one of the animal foods I used to enjoy, and I love the idea of re-creating its saltiness and creaminess in a vegan dish.
Well, Valerie was quite right: the tofu scramble at Open City tastes a whole lot like feta, but without the cheese itself. For the last few days, I’ve been mulling over how I might create my own spin on a chickpea+tofu scramble using tahini; a tofu-hummus scramble, if you will, since those are the dominant flavors. I came up with the following recipe, which is simple, quick, and extremely tasty. It’s fantastic for vegans who are (for whatever reason) being mindful of their protein intake, since it marries two plant protein powerhouses, chickpeas and tofu.
I rarely experience “protein cravings” (whatever those are; I’m never really sure what others mean when they refer to them!) but I do often crave something dense and filling after a good workout or simply at the end of a busy day. I’d imagine that, whether you’re new to veganism and trying to maintain a protein intake that suits your body, or whether you simply enjoy something warm and grounding now and then, this is the dish for you. It’s convenience and satisfaction can’t be beat!
Tofu Tahini Scramble (vegan, gluten free)
Serves 2; for athletes, growing boys and girls, or anyone who’s super hungry, 1 serving is fine, too
6 oz tofu, cut into squares
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/3 cup cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp hummus of choice
1-2 tsps tamari
1 tbsp lemon juice
Coconut or olive oil
1) Brown your tofu in about 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil (or, if you have the spray, you can use that)
2) Add the chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, tahini, hummus, tamari, and lemon. Sautee until the mixture is thoroughly warmed and soft.
3) Serve. I love this over a giant green salad!
What a fantastically satisfying and savory meal! I’d love to hear what you all think. Even my mom—tofu shy as she is—was impressed.
Before I go, I have a winner of the Peas and Thank You cookbook giveaway! The lucky reader (chosen by random.org) is #504, Beth! Beth wrote, “MMMMMMMMM Sauce! I would LOVE to win this. pick me,pick me,pick me! Yay for well-coiffeured, funny-to-read vegan chefs!”
Beth, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate your free copy!
And speaking of giveaways, remember my Take Back Your Health Giveaway? Well, if you entered and didn’t win, the chance remains! Valerie is giving away another free ticket to this exciting DC health conference (in October of this year) on her block. Check it out!
Finally, thanks for all the lovely commentary on yesterday’s post about restaurant dining after life with an ED. Such insight!