Saturday, November 6, 2010

MoFo#6/Balsamic Tofu w/peppers & onions

I hope everyone's weekend has started off to a good one.  The sky is cloudy and grey.  One of the perks with raining is that my water bill is a lot less money.  Bring on the rain!

Thanks for all the get well wishes for Keaton.  He woke up yesterday feeling alot better.  He still has a cough that's lingering but it's random now.
He's bummed because we didn't let him go to Magic Mountain with his friends but that's just a long day and
when Dave was giving him a hug this morning he noticed he was warm.   He'll be fine, rest is all he needs.

There was this meal I used to make for Dave, not myself, in my pescetarian days. It was a balsamic chicken with pepper and onions. This was one of his favorite meals. I gave it a go from memory and it was delicious! If you want to impress dinner guests but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, this is it. I served it over mashed potatoes. You can adjust the recipe for a single serving to or just make more and just have it for left overs.

Balsamic Tofu w/peppers & onions

4 servings

Olive Oil
14oz. Firm Tofu, sliced into strips
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 C. yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 C.  Red Italian or bell peppers, sliced
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 C. White wine
1 T. balsamic vinegar
s & p to taste

Heat up skillet(I use cast iron) and add olive oil.  Once heated up add the onion, garlic and peppers to skillet and saute until soft.  Next add in the rosemary and a bit of salt and pepper, continue to saute for about 2 minutes.  Once done take out vegetables and put into a dish and set aside.  Next add a bit more oil to the skillet and add the tofu strips, sprinkling a bit of salt onto the tops.  You want to sear the tofu on both sides until they start to turn brown and get a bit of a crust on them.  Once the tofu is done add the vegetable mixture back in with it and add the wine.  Stir for about a minute or so until completely warmed through.  Then stir in the balsamic vinegar.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over mashed potatoes or pasta.

Using a good balsamic is real important.  My mother-in-law always makes sure I have balsamic vinegar handy and luckily she knows which ones are best.  This one is from Oliviers & Co. and tastes wonderful!  It's more syrupy but not too much and a bit sweet instead of real acidic.  This is the kind you can drizzle over pasta or veggies before serving your guests or yourself.


  1. Poor Keaton! Not going to Magic Mountain is a big bummer, but he'll be back up & running before he knows it!

    This sounds delicious, and I bet it would be great with seitan, too. Or mushrooms. Oh, the possibilities!

  2. i've super glad Keaton is feeling so much better today. i bet the coughing didn't help his stomach, and lots of rest will fo 'sho have him 100% super soon! it's not too cloudy here, but it is CHILLY! it rained a smidge last night and so it's damp and chilly. brrrrr! dan and i have been bumming around on the couch all day wrapped up in blankets. tee hee! you know, i have a good olive oil, but i don't have a quality balsamic vinegar. we've just got a jug 'o trader joe's balsamic that i want to say was only like $4. i'm gonna see if i can find tat olivers & co. one - 'cause the TJ's stuff is pretty darn acidic. i guess that's what i get for a $4 jug o' balsamic vinegar. your balsamic 'fu and veggies is so colorful and awesome looking. my sister and i are going to make dinner together sometime soon and i think this would be perfect. a delicious dish that doesn't take a million years to make - which will leave us more time for catching up and chatting away. w00t! thanks, JoLynn!

  3. That sounds so good! I really love balsamic vinegar. Hope your guy is totally on the mend.

  4. That looks good with the peppers and onions. I'd probably put it on bread because I am classy and maybe have some dipping sauce on the side.

  5. The office looks great! Can't wait to see it. :) Sounds like your taking good care of Keaton... as always!

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    Posted by Dorissa to Dreamin' It Vegan at November 6, 2010 8:34 PM

  6. Glad to hear Keaton is feeling better. :-) The tofu looks delicious! I really don't cook enough with balsamic vinegar, I'm going to have to keep an eye out for that brand. Thanks!

    Posted by chow to Dreamin' It Vegan at November 7, 2010 8:29 AM

  7. OMG that looks so yummy! Bookmarking this recipe :)