Tofu scramble can be maple-y-sweet, or spicy and full of kale. It can go in a casserole or lasagna or a sweet potato. Even on a pizza! But if you’re looking for some serious heat in a savory breakfast dish, I suggest you try this Banh Mi Tofu Scramble!
The traditional Vietnamese sandwich is usually made on a baguette with mayo, cilantro, jalapeno, cucumber, and pickled carrots. And <ahem> pork. Vegan versions are pretty common, usually made with tofu and an egg-free mayo. The tofu scramble version captures all the flavors and will fill you up without weighing you down.
Tofu scrambles (especially savory ones like this) are wonderful for brunches or lazy weekend breakfasts. They’re also great to make ahead and reheat during the week. I’ll make up a batch on a Sunday, portion it out into tupperware, and grab one each morning on my way out the door to heat up when I get to work.
I forgot to photograph it, but a healthy dose of hot sauce (I used Sriracha) on top brings it all together in the most delicious way possible. The pickled veggies are delicious and a must have, and I highly recommend the cilantro, although I know now everyone loves that flavor.
Scroll down for the recipe but first… Here’s what I’ve been reading!
August already seems like a hundred years ago. I didn’t read everything I set out to, but that’s okay!
- Emily, Alone by Stewart O’Nan … The sequel to Wish You Were Here (which I re-read in July), it continues to follow the Maxwell family, focused on Emily the matriarch. I don’t love it as much as WYWH, but it’s a great book. The two should always be read together.
- Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler … Amy talks a lot about her divorce in this book, which was really sad for me. But she also talks about the happiness and joy and messiness that are all a part of life. She’s extremely relate-able for a famous person! It was interesting to hear/read about her backstory, and especially how hard she worked to get where she is today.
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee … This one was interesting. There’s already been a lot written about it, the most important being that when you read this, don’t read it as a sequel to Mockingbird, because that’s not what it is. It was sad seeing this other side to Atticus and how Scout struggles with it. I believe it’s a very accurate portrayal of the South during that time, though.
- My Antonia by Willa Cather … Didn’t get to it! Next month…?
- Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman … Gelman walks away from a life of privilege (and her marriage) to spend her life on the road. She lives with families across the world in order to fully immerse herself in their cultures, from a native family in a small Mexican village, to a prince and his wives in Bali. She’s so real, and brave, and I’m jealous of her life. If you love to travel, you’ll love this book!
- The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle … This is my third book by Boyle this year. This one follows the Stenson family- from the father, an emotionally distance former marine who kills a man in self defense while on vacation, to his mentally ill son who goes on a crime spree. Boyle examines the bond between them, and the way violence and empathy are (or, aren’t) passed down in a family.
Books for September, 2015
- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall … Apparently there’s a tribe of superathletes in Mexico who can run for 2 days at a time, fueled almost entirely on chia seeds. Am I the only person who never heard of this??
- Ruby by Cynthia Bond … This is the story of a woman forced to relive the devastating violence of her childhood. Sounds horrible, right? It’s supposed to be beautifully written, and I’m looking forward to it.
- Purity by Jonathan Franzen … Critics like to complain endlessly about Franzen, but I really enjoyed Freedom, and liked The Corrections. I’m a fan of the biiiggg long novel you can get completely lost in. No idea what this one is really about, but I’ll find out!
- The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, Amanda Pressner … more travel stories!!
- 1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 1 cup cucumber, cut into matchsticks
- Non-stick spray
- 1 package firm tofu, well pressed
- 3-4 tablespoons non dairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic
- Pinch chili powder
- Sriracha for drizzling
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 1.5 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 4 stems cilantro, diced, with leaves separated
- Heaping 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Mix the marinade in a medium bowl, at the chopped veggies, and set aside.
- Heat a good sized pan over medium heat, and coat lightly with the non stick spray. Crumble the tofu and season with the turmeric (for color!) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the milk and the rest of the seasonings, and stir it around until it's heated through and the tofu is the consistency of scrambled eggs.
- Plate, top with the veggies, jalapeno and sriracha.
- Serves 4 with a side of toast or crispy baguette!