I said my next recipe would be French Toast, well, I am a big fat liar. I plan on making french toast for breakfast tomorrow so IT’S COMING. I have the recipe, just not the photos. But I hope this will do until then. This is something that we’ve been hooked on all week and I thought not sharing it would be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done. Why are we so addicted to eating this? It’s SO EASY, only 3 ingredients, and surprisingly versatile. If you’ve never liked tofu before, this transforms the texture so maybe give this a try. Plus, this is so budget friendly! I present to you… Noochy Tofu!
This is basically vegan shake and bake. Yep. It gets done soooooo quickly. I can get a batch of these golden, crunchy, pieces of heaven done in 10 minutes flat (if that).
Nutritional yeast, as I’ve said before, is fantastic. Being vegan, I make sure to consume foods with B12 and take a supplement weekly. Even if you aren’t vegan (you really should be though, but that’s not the point), a lot of people are not getting enough B12 in their diets! And B12 deficiency is not something to play around with (hello, heart palpitations, nerve disorders, and mental disorders). Nutritional yeast (nooch), is a really yummy way to sneak some B12 into a lot of meals! It’s got this weirdly cheesy flavour and adds a special something to sauces and works great sprinkled onto cheeseless pizzas or vegetables.
Now, Corey is not a big fan of nooch. But he LOVES this tofu. Anytime in the last couple of weeks when I was like “hey, what should I make for dinner tonight?” He responds with “well, that tofu the other day was really good.” Which surprised me! The first time I made this, I actually made him a separate batch of tofu that I marinated in teriyaki for him because I thought that there was no way he would enjoy this. He says it tastes like smoked tofu. Personally, I don’t think it does, but it’s delicious either way.
I’ve been experimenting with tofu since I first flew away from the nest because 1) it’s super cheap and I was a poor student, 2) I always secretly wanted to be vegetarian, and 3) it lasts a lot longer in the fridge than any meat I bought. So tofu has been a staple of my diet for a while. And in terms of taste, texture, and time… this recipe wins. Usually I would throw tofu into whatever stir fry I was making and hope for the best. But with noochy tofu, I can prep it like this and then add it to whatever sauce I want.
Last night we had it with a sweet potato, avocado, crispy kale, and hummus gravy (basically, watered down hummus but ‘gravy’ sounds nicer). Which I instagrammed… of course. I can’t help myself.
Today, we ate it with brown rice, steamed vegetables, and a spicy peanut sauce!
I could easily eat this every day. I thought the nooch would make it taste funny, but I think I like this a lot more than using basic grilled tofu!
And a close-up of the goods.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we are! I plan on making variations of it in the future by adding things like, Chinese 5 spice, garlic powder, or paprika! I really want to make an orange tofu dish with this, too! Or possibly a not-fish-but-tofu taco? Or tofu tenders? The possibilities are endless! Let me know how you play around with this recipe!
10 minutes or less!
- 1 block of tofu, patted dry and cut into cubes, triangles, or slices. (the thinner they are, the crunchier it is!)
- 1/4-1/2 cup of nutritional yeast flakes (depending on how much tofu you’re making)
- non-stick spray or an oil that can withstand high heat, like canola oil.
- Preheat your oven’s broiler (mine doesn’t do temperatures, just says ‘high’ so I’m not very helpful here). Spray or lightly oil a baking pan. Nonstick foil could probably work too!
- Toss the nooch and tofu into a ziplock bag or covered bowl/tupperware. Shake it up until tofu is evenly coated.
- Spread tofu out into one layer on the baking sheet.
- Broil until the ends begin to brown, about 3 minutes. Flip tofu over, and broil again for another 3 minutes. Keep your eye on these! If your broiler is like mine, they’ll burn quickly!
- Toss or dip into your favourite sauce!