Caramelized Tofu with Pecans and Brussel Sprouts

February 14, 2009

I know what you are thinking. This recipe sounds way too much like rabbit food to be delicious, but please believe me when I say this is one of the best meals I have made/eaten in quite a while. For those of you who are deathly afraid of putting a brussel sprout in your pie hole, don’t be. They are really good- like a mini version of cabbage. In this dish, the bitterness and saltiness of the brussel sprouts evens out the sweetness of the caramelized tofu. The pecans wrap this meal in a buttery, nutty, decadence. My boyfriend and I couldn’t get enough. But, enough convincing, let’s eat already!

firm tofu-cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 pound brussel sprouts rinsed and
chopped into ribbons (pull off any outer
leaves that aren’t tight or have blemishes)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
handful of pecans
evoo, salt

Directions: (you only need 1 pan for this dish! yay!)

heat a few tablespoons of evoo in a pan. when hot, add tofu, sprinkle with salt, and cook for 4 minutes or until browned on the edges. add in pecans and cook for 1 minute. add in brown sugar and cook for another minute or so until tofu starts to caramelize. once it’s done, crape it out of the pan and set aside. then, in the same pan you were using, add a bit more olive oil and get the pan hot (crank up to med high heat). once the pan is hot, add chopped brussel sprouts. add salt and cook until srouts start to brown and cook down a bit. then, add to your tofu, pecans and mix together. serve with a side of nutty brown rice or just eat it plain. serves 2 to 3 people as a main dish and about 4 people as a side dish.

This recipe has been adapted from a similar version on which I strongly suggest you check out. The site is original, vibrant and features lots of vegetarian and vegan friendly recipes.

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lois February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

this recipe looks interesting. But the photos don’t show up on the site.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

For some reason, the photos no longer show up in my older posts. :( The recipe is a good one, though!

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