Meatless Monday

Happy Monday!!

The alarm went off at 4am this morning and I was on the road by 5am.  Needless to say, I am back on a coffee kick. 😉  Aside from the caffeine boost, I love how nurturing a warm cup of coffee feels in the early morning.  Lately I’ve been going half regular/half decaf with a splash of whole milk.  I like a nice tall cup of coffee to sip on throughout the morning but I really don’t like how jittery it makes me.  This is the perfect balance.

Anyways.

It’s Meatless Monday!!  And I have yet another favorite dish to share with all of you…

I’ve talked about Tofu Parmesan before, on a previous blog.

But it’s so darn tasty that it bares repeating.

And re-eating…

…Often!

This is a well deserved favorite in my house.

Delicious.

Tofu Parmesan – modified from an Eating Well Recipe

This is a fabulous, easy dish to prepare that will please vegetarians and meat eaters alike.  You could serve inside a hoagie roll or spoon over spaghetti squash as well, for a change of pace.  Enjoy!

  • 1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, pressed and patted dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti, cooked

PREPARATION

  1. Combine breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning in a shallow dish. Cut tofu lengthwise into 4 steaks and pat dry. Sprinkle both sides of the tofu with garlic powder and salt (if using) and then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until they release their juices and begin to brown, 4 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of the sauce.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the tofu steaks and cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn over and sprinkle with Parmesan. Spoon the mushroom mixture over the tofu, pour 3/4 cup of the unheated marinara over the mushrooms and scatter mozzarella on top. Cover and cook until the sauce is hot and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
  5. Place tofu parmigiana over bed of pasta, scoop some of the extra heated sauce on top and sprinkle with basil.  Serve and ENJOY!
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