tofu and roasted brussel sprouts

I sit in front of a computer for 10-12 hours a day. Sometimes more.

I spend one to two hours a day commuting in LA traffic.

From January through April, I eat so much junk while I work – Thai food, Chipotle, greasy paninis… putting in my order for Eggplant Parm from Bay Cities as I’m typing this.

I tried to do the healthy breakfast oatmeal thing but have you tasted oatmeal? It’s DISGUSTING.

I’m tired of eating out. What a first world problem.

When did cooking for myself become a luxury?

This is me whining.

I’m done now.

Brussel sprouts and tofu and shiitake mushrooms!

My New Year’s Resolution like everyone else’s New Year’s resolutions is being a better version of myself.

And by better, I mean hotter. I want nice legs and maybe a hint of abs by summer. DIET TIME LET’S GO.

Tofu and Brussel Sprouts
From Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

150g firm tofu
2 tbsp chilli sauce
1½ tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
500g brussels sprouts
180ml sunflower oil
Salt
100g spring onion, sliced
½ small chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
120g shiitake mushrooms, halved
15g picked coriander (chilantro) leaves
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

First, marinate the tofu. In a bowl, whisk together the chilli sauce, soy, two tablespoons of sesame oil, vinegar and syrup. Cut the tofu block into 0.5cm thick slices and then each slice into two squarish pieces. Gently lay in the marinade and set aside.

Trim the bases off the sprouts and cut each lengthways into three thick slices. Take a large, nonstick pan, and in it heat up four tablespoons of sunflower oil. Add half the sprouts and a little salt, and cook on high heat for two minutes. Don’t stir much – you want them almost to burn in a few places and cook through but remain crunchy. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the rest of the sprouts.

Add two more tablespoons of oil to the pan, heat up and sauté the onion, chilli and mushrooms for a minute or two. Transfer to the sprout bowl.

Leave the pan on high heat and, using a pair of tongs, lift half the tofu from the marinade and gently lay in the pan (be careful: the oil may spit), spaced apart and in one layer. Lower the heat to medium and cook for two minutes on each side until nicely caramelised. Transfer to the sprout bowl and repeat with the rest of the tofu.

Once all the tofu is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and return all the cooked ingredients to it. Add the tofu marinade and half the coriander. Toss together and allow to cool slightly in the pan. Taste and add salt if needed. Stir in the remaining sesame oil (extra, if you like) and serve warm, not hot, garnished with sesame seeds and the rest of the coriander.

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2 thoughts on “tofu and roasted brussel sprouts

  1. Stephanie D

    Looks so good!! And Jean you do not need to diet -_- you’re so skinny–but in terms of eating healthier, then dieting is great! Hahahahah! Love your posts and pictures and recipes!!

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  2. jean Post author

    Steph – I want to feel healthy and young and full of energy! And of course, looking good in the process is an additional +++++++++ :)

    Like this

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