Bet you didn’t know tofu was capable of this!

I have a terrible habit of buying things solely because they are on sale. Then the problem becomes trying to make a meal out of baby carrots, sour cream, random salad dressings and star anise. oy vey.
This time though, something good came out of my obsessive sale paper stalking. I had picked up organic tofu a while back and couldn’t figure out what to make with it until this evening. I had new and delicious fresh mozzarella from the Falls Church Farmer’s market and leftover spaghetti sauce made by my mother last weekend. So I decided to do a tofu version of chicken parmesan.

Marinade

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. tomato paste

Slice block of firm or extra firm tofu into 4 even slices. Whisk all ingredients together and pour over tofu in a gallon Ziploc bag. Allow to marinate in fridge for approximately 30-45 minutes.

To assemble the parm, you’ll need:

Fresh or shredded mozzarella (please oh please, use fresh!)
italian style bread crumbs
Spaghetti sauce, either homemade or canned (please oh please, use homemade!)

Remove the tofu from the marinade, making sure that each piece is drenched. Roll each piece in the italian bread crumbs and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes, just to dry it out and make it crispy.*
Take the slices out of the oven and place them in a single layer in the bottom of a loaf pan (you could also use a pie plate or something else shallow for this, a loaf pan just worked well because of the size and shape of the pieces). Pour some sauce over the tofu, then add a layer of mozzarella. Top with a few more tsp’s of sauce and pop it in the oven at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. You aren’t really “cooking” this, per se…just sort of warming it through. Just make sure that the cheese looks melty and gooey! šŸ™‚

Serve this sucker up with a salad and a good glass of wine!

*You could also fry these gently in a little olive oil, but I’m trying to be good and “diet.” As an Italian woman, this is my idea of diet food. Tofu instead of chicken, and baking instead of frying. I’ll lose that 10 lbs. in a heartbeat if i keep this up! *snort*
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