This past weekend I discovered two things about myself: (1) Working on the weekend can be made bearable by blasting music. There’s no one else around, so why not? (2) Getting a hair cut makes me feel like a new and better person for a solid two hours. It’s the best.

Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

Speaking of hair cuts, I decided to try out a new place on Saturday. I have a girl here in Montreal that is OK, but she works at a rather upscale place and the price is outrageous for highlights and a cut (plus, the last time I was there she started showing me pictures of herself in a latex bodysuit from her “fetish festival” experience). So, I ventured out and tried somewhere new with a hair stylist who might not share as much.

I found a place that is right across the street from the nearest bakery to my house so I had an excuse to buy a giant loaf of cheese bread for dinner as well as get my hair done. As usual, only one person who worked at the hair salon spoke English so with a lot of hand speaking, broken French on my end, and broken English on their end, we got everything done. After three hours, I was standing at the cash and the nice girl that had been silently working on me said “ok, $64 s’il vous plaรฎt“. I could have jumped for joy…REALLY!? That is 1/3 of the price I’m used to paying AND my hair looks positively fabulous. I went for another bobbity bob, if you’re wondering and I will definitely be bibbity bobbity bobbing back. (I don’t know what that means either.)

Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

Since I was working this weekend I went with big bowl-type meals that I could easily make and then pack up for lunch the next day. I love tofu bowls (check others out here, here, and here) and since I usually go the spicy route, I wanted to try a honey sesame version this time. I was so pleased!

Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

These bowls are pretty simple if you don’t let the ingredient list scare you. Really, you just need to cook up some wild rice, crisp up some tofu, fry some greens in ginger and garlic and then top it all off with a homemade honey sesame sauce. It is really healthy, satisfying and super delicious! One of my favorite tofu bowls yet!

Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 big bowls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • Crispy baked tofu:
  • 1 (15 ounce) block extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Honey sesame glaze:
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 3 tbsp liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • Ginger garlic greens:
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 inch-piece fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Press the tofu in paper towel until it is completely dry. Cut into small rectangles and toss in a bowl with the olive oil and tamari. Sprinkle cornstarch over the tofu and toss until the starch is evenly incorporated (no powdery spots remaining). Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Bake for 25 minutes to dry the tofu. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the wild rice (or whatever rice you have) according to package directions.
  4. To make the honey sesame glaze, whisk together the ingredients listed in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring often, until the glaze is reduced by about half (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. To make the greens, add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the garlic, ginger, white of the scallions, and broccoli to the pan. Lay the lemon cut-side down on the bottom of the pan. Cover pan with a lid and let the vegetables cook without stirring for two minutes, until they are slightly blackened on the underside. After two minutes, give the vegetables a quick toss, add in spinach and let the other side of the broccoli blacken for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Add the cooked wild rice to the pan and fry until it starts to crisp, about 2 minutes.
  7. To serve, divide rice into two big bowls. Top each bowl with crispy tofu, greens and drizzle with glaze.
  8. Garnish with scallion greens and sliced lime.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Bev Cooks and Cookie and Kate

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2015/09/28/crispy-baked-tofu-with-greens-and-wild-rice/

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24 Responses to Crispy Baked Tofu with Greens and Wild Rice

  1. Haircuts are the best and I died at “fetish festival” good thing you found a new place! Totally loving this crispy tofu bowl ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning!

  2. Definitely sharing this one with my daughter. She loves crispy tofu and is sure to love this one. Looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kristina says:

    OMG, for me even $64 is insane a lot of money, so glad I live in a country where haircuts are half that price (and I am by no means an easily satisfied costumer). Haha, I also don’t like it when people get waaaay to personal, chatty is one thing, but there are limits. I love this dish, it sounds delicious!

  4. So happy that you got a great haircut, and at a fabulous price. You just reminded me to call my hair stylist – I need to get mine cut too. This dish looks lovely, by the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Crispy tofu is my die hard favorite! Next time you should get a mani pedi to make up for your haircut savings! Treat ‘yoself!

  6. I completely agree, I feel much more human after a fresh haircut! I always feel like I need to go out and do something afterwards to take advantage of it cause once I sleep on it or wash it it’s not quite the same. I’m pretty good at styling my hair but I can never blow it out like my hairdresser does!

  7. Congrats with your new hairdo! It is great when you find places that seem too good to be true ๐Ÿ˜€ And having your hair tended to for three hours, niiiice ๐Ÿ˜€

    This tofu bowl sounds simply delicious! Honestly, I love the flavour combination, and it looks so fancyschmancy ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you have an awesome start to your week ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  8. This looks like a great weeknight dinner recipe! Saving it for this week. XOXO

  9. Pure Ella says:

    Wow this looks amazing!! Craving a dish like this BIG time now ๐Ÿ™‚
    xox

  10. Sues says:

    This looks like the most perfect bowl ever!! And the leftovers would be lovely to bring to lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love simple bowls like this, so filling and nutritious! And what a cute haircut story ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Fareeha says:

    yammmyyyyy… ur pictures have made me hungry and i need the tofu right now

  13. Gina says:

    That looks so pretty and delicious! I’m an avid tofu lover and feel like I’ve been in a rut when it comes to dressing it up. I’ll have to give this a try.

  14. Ashlae says:

    HA! That would definitely have been enough for me to seek hair services elsewhere. I recently left my stylist, too, but only because my trim went from $30 to $55 and seeing as how I leave the salon with wet hair (I’m not patient enough to sit through a half hour of blow drying), $55 seemed outrageous for a 20 minute cut. ANYWAY! So happy you found an affordable stylist who does great work. I’m also happy you’re dreaming up bowls like this because crispy baked tofu is my jam. I’m all over this.

    • katrina says:

      Whoa, $55?! That is so brutal…especially since it jumped over $25! Wishing you well hunting for a new hair person girl…seriously.

  15. These flavors look fantastic! This post makes me realize I need a new haircut too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. this caught my eye as the perfect fusion of my Minnesota roots and love of tofu! will definitely be trying it out with the package I have in the fridge when my fiancรฉ is out of the house for a boys night next weekend. he can barely handle the sight of tofu but I LOVE it.

  17. Joanne says:

    What is it about hairdressers and oversharing?! I find it so difficult. I have been craving ALL THE TOFU lately, especially when it’s smothered in such a tasty sauce. So into this.

  18. Alyssa says:

    I made this for dinner this evening for “Meatless Monday” and it was SO DELICIOUS! An added bonus was that it was incredibly easy and quick to make. The tofu was so fantastically crispy that it could have easily been mistaken for being fried. 10/10 for this recipe…definitely a make again.

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