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You’re all familiar with Nasoya’s Tofu U, right? It’s a fantastic online resource where you can learn more about tofu, find new recipes, and even download coupons! As a member of Nasoya’s Dean’s List, I’ve had the opportunity to share recipes, thoughts and opinions with other tofu-lovers, and it’s been a blast. This is one of the posts I put together for them, and would *love* it if you could head over there and check out the site and some of the work I’ve done there!


Spicy Vegan Tofu Scramble

Breakfast may seem like a bit of a puzzle to newly plant-based eaters. You can no longer rely on your favorite fast food sausage ‘n egg sandwich, and if you’re committed to your health you’re going to want to avoid those enormous baked goods at your coffee shop as well. You know the ones: Half the size of your head, and full of dairy, sugar and fat.

So what’s a hungry person to do? That’s easy! With just a little bit of planning, shopping and prep, you can have a week’s worth of plant-strong breakfasts ready to eat!

For mornings when you have a few minutes to throw something together, these are some of my favorites. Hint: If you like oatmeal, you can mix everything together (except the hot water!) in a tupperware and keep it at your office in case you forget your breakfast!

  • Whole grain toast topped with mashed avocado, sprinkled with salt and pepper
  • ½ cup quick oats, mixed with 2 Tablespoons peanut butter and 1 Tablespoon agave or honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon (and maybe some chopped apple!)
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter and a sliced banana, rolled up into a burrito

For mornings when you’re not rushing out the door, or if you’re willing to do some prep work on the weekends, you might enjoy one of these breakfasts!

  • Tofu based smoothies, like these
  • (Slightly) spicy tofu scramble (my favorite… the recipe is below!)
  • Fried slices of tofu (I like to season mine with salt, pepper, and an Italian season mix) on toast or a bagel with Sriracha sauce

See? Plant-based breakfasts aren’t nearly as complicated as you once thought, and they can absolutely be healthy, satisfying, and delicious!


Slightly Spicy Tofu Scramble
Serves 4
The perfect breakfast to make ahead and enjoy all week!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package Nasoya firm tofu, well pressed
  2. 1/2 onion, your favorite kind (I like red or sweet)
  3. 1 bell pepper, your favorite color (or do half n’ half)
  4. 3-4 Tablespoons non-dairy milk (you might need more)
  5. 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  6. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  8. 1 heaping teaspoon cumin
  9. a few sprinkles of pepper
  10. ¼ - ½ cup vegan cheese
  11. 2 links vegan sausage, roughly chopped
  12. 1/2 bunch kale, de-stemmed, chopped, and sauteed in water
  13. 4 scallions, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Water sauté the onions and peppers until soft, then add the tofu, making sure it’s well crumbled. You’re going for a “scrambled egg” consistency.
  2. Mix in the milk and all the seasonings, except the scallions. Stir well so that all the tofu is evenly coated. If it’s too dry, add a couple more teaspoons of milk. Stir in the cheese, if using, and let it get all melty.
  3. Add in the sausage and kale, and mix again, then sprinkle the scallions on top. Done!
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*Although I was provided compensation by Nasoya, the opinions are 100% mine!

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  • Connie Fletcher February 17, 2014, 6:27 am

    I was not aware of this afore mentioned website…thank you for telling us about that!!! And congrats on all the wonderful work you do!!! And a most heartfelt thank you goes with that congrats!!!

    • Barb February 21, 2014, 1:16 pm

      You’re welcome, and THANK YOU!

      I do hope you find that site useful, too!

  • Heather February 17, 2014, 9:16 am

    LOVE this- tofu scrambles are my absolute favorite!

  • Mary @ Mary's Test Kitchen February 18, 2014, 8:34 am

    I love tofu scrambles but I’m always confused about why you all buy your tofu “firm” when you’re going to press it anyway. Why not just buy the pressed variety??

    • Barb February 18, 2014, 9:34 am

      The only pre-pressed tofu they sell around here (at least that I’ve seen) is the “super” or extra firm… and I much prefer the taste of regular firm.

  • Angie February 18, 2014, 11:34 am

    I love tofu scrambles and avocado toasts. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Drew February 23, 2014, 12:18 pm

    I’m still getting the bugs out of my scrambles, and one of the main issues is firm vs. firm-silken tofu. I think the silken is more egg-like, but you have to cook the moisture out of it, and you can end up with something that isn’t quite firm enough. Maybe a combination of the two? Another issue is how to use the black Himalayan salt (kala namak) to get a slightly yolky (sulfury) flavor. It works pretty well in cold dishes like potato salad, but it seems like the yolky note cooks off very quickly over heat. Mostly I love the fact that so many people are working on different ways to make plant-based foods that appeal to their own (and others’, I hope) pre-vegan tastes.

    • Barb February 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

      I prefer firm. Mixed with a little almond milk, it really reminds me of scrambled eggs. I don’t use the black salt, it makes it a bit too authentic tasting ;)

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