Easy Tofu Scramble
Easy Tofu Scramble- a healthy plant-based alternative to scrambled eggs that’s packed full of flavor and protein. Just 8 ingredients to make!
If you would have told me a few years ago that I would rather eat a tofu scramble than one made with eggs I would have looked at you like you were nuts. Why on earth would I want to eat all of that soy for breakfast?! Ick.
Well friends, times have changed. I don’t look at soy the way that I used to. I don’t always eat it at every meal and sometimes not every day, but certainly more than I did before. This is because I found that some of the research that claimed the phytoestrogens were linked to cancer is simply not true. In fact, soy consumption has actually been shown to reduce cancer risk.
You might have noticed this already but my views on eating animals products have also changed in the last several months. I haven’t shared any recipes with eggs or dairy in while because we’ve recently transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle and eliminated them from our diet. I’ve learned so much about the effects that animal agriculture has on our health, the planet and the animals that, simply put, I’ve lost my appetite for it.
I know to the average person that might sound restrictive but I don’t see it like that. I believe the only thing that makes plant-based eating restrictive is our culture. As human beings we are programmed to think that we need animal protein to survive and while I won’t get into that very long debate on my blog, I will say that there are plenty of people out there to prove that this is not the case. It’s not only possible to survive on a plant-based diet but to thrive. I’ve personally never felt better eating this way, both physically and emotionally.
Naturally when America’s Test Kitchen asked if they could send me a copy of their newest book Vegan For Everybody, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re not familiar with ATK, they’re known for taking the time to research multiple different methods of preparation and execution to assure that they’re producing the best recipes possible. All of their books are loaded with delicious fool-proof recipes and tips to help make you an expert in that style of cuisine.
I’ve had many a tofu scrambles out to eat but I never tried making my own at home so I thought their recipe would be the perfect place to start. It calls for just a few simple ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up. My kinda breakfast.
I actually wasn’t able to find soft tofu so I had to use firm but it still turned out amazing. The shallot, red pepper, basil and salt add just the right amount flavor while the turmeric gives it a light yellow color that resembles scrambled eggs.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore who’s interested in eating more plant-based meals, I highly recommend checking out Vegan For Everybody. It’s an awesome book and proves that you don’t need animal products to cook drool-worthy meals that will please every palate!
Easy Tofu Scramble
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25
Cook Time: 5
Total Time: 25
- 14 ounces soft tofu, drained and patted dry*
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons oil
- 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
- 1 shallot, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Cover a baking sheet with paper towels (or a tea towel) then crumble the tofu into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces on top. Let drain for 20 minutes, then gently press with paper towels.
In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and shallot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in crumbled tofu with salt, turmeric, and pepper. Cook until tofu is hot, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, add fresh basil then serve warm.
*If you can’t find soft tofu, firm tofu (not super firm) will also work just be careful not to crumble it too finely.
Nutrition Facts are for one serving or 1/4th of recipe
Reprinted, with permission, from Vegan for Everybody by America’s Test Kitchen