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April 4, 2010

Baked Tofu (nearly plastic-free)

This recipe is based on Slow-Baked Tofu from Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life and Spirit,iconby Andrew Weil, M.D., & Rosie Daley.

Packaging-Free bulk Ingredients from Whole Foods Berkeley, using my own containers:

    Firm tofu
    Garlic powder or a clove of fresh garlic
    Ginger powder of sliced fresh ginger
    Ground cumin

Packaging-Free bulk ingredient from Rainbow Grocery:

    Soy sauce

Glass jar w/ metal lid:

    Local honey from farmers market

Glass bottle with plastic cap (I already had this in the house, but probably could have found this in bulk at Rainbow Grocery.)

    Toasted sesame oil

Homemade:

Instructions:

    Mix all sauce ingredients together to taste. I didn’t include amounts because I just tasted as I went.
    Slice tofu into the size you want.
    Coat each slice with marinade.
    Bake on top rack of 350F. oven (I used the toaster oven) for 30 minutes. Turn over and bake for another 30 minutes. Use in stir fry, over rice, in a sandwich, etc.

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6 comments
Raven Joy
Raven Joy

Tofu and plastic are so linked together, It is very hard to find plastic-free tofu. I'm in Hawai'i and the natural food stores here don't do the bulk thing for tofu, and there are no co-op food stores on the big island. I can sometimes buy homemade organic tofu at my farmers' market and re-use the plastic container, but that's the most. This is a real issue and if you could at all help by bringing attention to it, Mahalo.

Nick Palmer
Nick Palmer

Hi Beth - you forgot to put a link to the mustard recipe... .-= Nick Palmer´s last blog ..Earth Hour on Saturday =-.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Rob, so sorry to gross you out. I really don't understand how anyone can hate tofu when it just tastes like whatever it's cooked with. But to each his own... soy product, that is. Simple in France, you are correct. We have several shops here that sell blocks of tofu from a tub of water. You take it out with tongs and put it in your own container. Of course, they provide plastic containers for the shoppers who don't bring their own. Meaning most of them, unfortunately, but Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl are capable of weighing a customer's container and deducting the weight at the register. Perhaps you could find out if there is a local tofu maker in your area and ask if they will sell you packaging-free tofu. Ours comes from Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, CA: http://www.hodosoy.com/tofu.html They make a variety of delicious soy products, but unfortunately the plain tofu blocks are the only ones that come without packaging. I wish they would sell the "soy omelette" without a plastic container because it's like eating heaven. And I don't get to have it anymore. Maybe I need to push for a it a little more. .-= Beth Terry´s last blog ..Green: Are Some Shades More Selfish Than Others? =-.

Simple in France
Simple in France

So--do I understand that you've found tofu not wrapped in plastic? I have never seen that here in France--I'm just happy to find tofu grown here without genetically modified soy! I like your way of breaking down the packaging of your recipes though. It makes me think how much more I could do in this department. . .

Rob
Rob

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Now that I got that out, I think I am the only soy protien eater/soy mik drinker that absolutely hates tofu. But someone in this house likes it so I suppose I could try. But Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww .-= Rob´s last blog ..Dodging Mammoth Raindrops- The Weekly Challenge Update =-.

Leanne
Leanne

Yummy! That sounds so delicious! We eat a lot of tofu, so I will definitely file this recipe away for a rainy day! .-= Leanne´s last blog ..Johann shows us the facts of life, sheep-style =-.