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I was a vegetarian for 25 years until I met and married Hubby. My mom always tells the story of trying to sneak pieces of chicken into my food and how, without fail, I would always find the fowl. I was “that girl” who loved scouring small health food stores and cafes (before super food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s were in vogue), drinking wheat grass shots, eating tempeh burgers, and buying jars of raw, all natural, nothin’-but-peanuts, peanut butter.

I still eat and actually prefer a mostly vegetarian diet during the week. For Shabbos, my hubby, and my career, I go fleish for the “weekend.”

The recipes below are some of my personal favorites; fast, and fresh vegetarian (and some vegan) recipes that are all packed with protein – something I always strive to integrate into my vegetarian cooking. Happy (Holiday of the Vegetarians) Shavuot!

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TOFU TOMATO SALAD

Tofu Tomato Salad

This quick salad is super healthy and is filling enough to be a complete meal or served along side other dishes for a large party. Tofu soaks up the delicious flavors of tomato and green onion and is garnished with a slightly salty sprinkle of feta cheese.

STIR-FRIED TOFU WITH SOBA NOODLES

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Soba noodles have a tasty nutty flavor from the buckwheat that pairs really well with some simply stir-fried tofu. Everyone loves this recipe, leftovers are wonderful too.

COLESLAW WITH CRISPY TOFU

Coleslaw with Crispy Tofu

If you can’t find chili garlic paste, you can make your own: purée 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 2 jalapeño peppers. Keep any remaining paste in the fridge for up to one week.

CRUNCHY TOFU THAI SALAD

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You can serve this salad warm or at room temperature. 

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One of the best ways to win over tofu haters is to coat the tofu in corn starch and fry in a little oil.  You can then make anything you want from Asian flavored sauces to mushrooms in wine sauce. Check out some favorite tofu dishes below. 

TOFU MARSALA

chicken or tofu marsala

Chicken marsala is a delicious way to make chicken breast, but it works with tofu too!  Great when you have vegetarians at your meat eating dinner table.

MISO GLAZED TOFU WITH SOBA

miso glazed tofu with soba noodles

Cooking with miso as a glaze is a simple way to add flavor to something that starts off pretty bland like tofu.  

CUCUMBER SALAD WITH BBQ TOFU

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Top a cool and refreshing cucumber salad with cubes of BBQ flavored tofu, sweet and spicy, the perfect combo. 

CUCUMBER TOFU ROLLS

Cucumber Tofu Rolls

Roll up your flavored tofu to make these beauties. 

JERUSALEM GRILLED TOFU

Grilled Tofu with Jerusale Mixed Grill Seasoning

Add some of my favorite Jerusalem mixed grill seasoning and you won't be sorry. 

ONE PAN LETTUCE WRAPS

Asian Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Mushrooms

One pan loaded with mushrooms and tofu and served in cool crisp lettuce. 

How do you like to make tofu? 

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