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Minted Tomato, Onion & Glazed Tofu Kebabs

July/August 1997, EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals (2011)

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Tofu kebabs with fresh mint, ripe tomato and onion make a delightful vegetarian supper from the grill. Pressing the tofu before marinating allows it to really absorb the flavors, plus the resulting firmer texture makes the tofu easier to grill.


Minted Tomato, Onion & Glazed Tofu Kebabs Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 16 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 plum tomatoes, quartered and seeded
  • 1 onion, peeled, quartered and separated into layers
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup kecap manis (see Note)

Preparation

  1. Cut tofu in half horizontally, making two large slices about 1 inch thick. Fold a clean kitchen towel and place it on a cutting board or large plate. Set the tofu on the towel. Put another folded clean towel over the tofu and place a flat, heavy weight (such as a skillet) on top; drain for 15 minutes; remove the weight and cut the tofu into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. Combine lime juice, soy sauce and ginger in a medium bowl. Add tofu and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Tuck a mint leaf into each tomato quarter and thread onto 4 or 8 skewers alternately with tofu, onion and jalapeños. (Discard any remaining marinade.)
  5. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the kebabs, turning occasionally, for 7 minutes. Brush with kecap manis and grill until the vegetables are softened and the tofu is well glazed, about 3 minutes more.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Kecap manis is a thick, palm sugar˜sweetened soy sauce. It’s used as a flavoring, marinade or condiment in Indonesian cooking. Find it in Asian food markets or online at importfood.com. To substitute for kecap manis, whisk 1 part molasses with 1 part reduced-sodium soy sauce.
  • Tip: Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition

Per serving: 178 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 12 g added sugars; 11 g protein; 2 g fiber; 546 mg sodium; 350 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (25% daily value), Calcium (19% dv), Iron & Magnesium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat



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