1 block Firm or Extra Firm tofu (generally about 80grams)
2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds (optional)
1 cup Tri-Color Quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cups Water
1 tablespoon Cumin
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Pickle Juice (left overs from a jar of pickles) OR 1/2 cup Broth (Vegetable or Chicken
1/2 tablespoon Cajun or BBQ Seasoning (depending on your flavor/spice preference)
4 stalks of Scallions (Green Onions), chopped until about 1/4 inch from the roots
Press Tofu. Remove Tofu from packaging and wrap in a clean
kitchen towel (you may choose to add a layer of paper towel before
the kitchen towel). Then, press the tofu by putting large books or
something else that is heavy and flat on top of it. Make sure to put
this on a cutting board that will catch any excess water. There is
not much, but there is some. Pressing tofu overnight causes the
holes or pores in the tofu to expand, meaning that the tofu will
pick up the most flavor the following day while cooking. If you're
in a pinch, you can press the tofu for only an hour or two.
Cut and Marinade Tofu. Cut tofu into bite size pieces. Then, in a
tupperware container or large bowl, gently toss tofu with 1
tablespoon of BBQ Sauce and a few pinches of Chia Seeds (Chia
Cook Quinoa. Combine Quinoa and water and bring to a boil, then
add cumin and cinnamon, cover, and reduce heat to simmer for 15
minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, still covered.
Before serving, fluff gently with a fork.
Cook Tofu. In a wide skillet, over medium-high heat, pour a thin
layer of pickle juice/broth (this helps keep the tofu from sticking
without using olive oil). Add Tofu and use a spoon or brush to add
a light layer of BBQ sauce, then sprinkle 1/2 of the dry Cajun/BBQ
seasoning on top. After 5-7 minutes, or when the Tofu begins to
golden on the bottom, flip each piece, brush additional BBQ sauce,
and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 of dry seasoning on top. Add
chopped Scallions into the pan to finish cooking with the tofu.
After another 5-7 minutes, remove from heat and place on top of
plated Quinoa. Top with any additional BBQ sauce and seasoning
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