Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Tofu

Recipe by Megan Stulberg 

I found myself craving Brussel sprouts in the produce section of a grocery store a couple of weeks ago, despite never trying them before. I mentioned this to my mum a few hours later, and she reminded me that my grandfather had passed away that day exactly two years ago. Apparently they were his absolute favourite food, which I didn’t know about. I’m sure it was coincidence, but like…how eerie, right?

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Ingredients…

  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, washed
  • 1 standard block extra firm tofu
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cold-pressed EVOO
  • 1/4 cup vegan “butter” spread (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp red chilli flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Chop stems off of Brussels sprouts and slice all widthwise.
  3. Toss Brussels sprouts in large bowl with vegan “butter”, sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Place on baking sheet covered with aluminium foil. Cook in centre oven rack and let roast for approximately 35 minutes. Flip every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Brussels sprouts will be light brown when done.
  5. While Brussels sprouts are cooking, press tofu block between pieces of paper towel with something heavy on top (book, cutting board, etc) until drained.
  6. Chop tofu into bite-sized chunks.
  7. Add EVOO to hot pan. Add tofu in a single layer and let cook until tofu begins to brown. Sprinkle soy sauce, garlic, nutritional yeast, thyme, chilli flakes, sea salt and black pepper on top. Flip tofu, and toss to coat with additional seasoning. Continue cooking until tofu is browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8.  Combine tofu and sprouts. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

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Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings” with Creamy Cashew Ranch Dip

By Megan Stulberg

A cruelty-free version of the pub favourite! It’s like we’re making boneless chicken wings but also wingless. Oh, and chickenless.

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Ingredients:

For the “wings”…

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour of your choice
  • 1/2 cup sriracha
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Dash  of chili powder
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of agave nectar

For the dip…

  • 1 cup unsalted raw cashews, soaked for 1 hour and drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 cloves chopped garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

1) Coat cauliflower chunks in almond milk and flour. Spread out evenly on a lined baking sheet and leave in oven at 450F for 20 minutes.

2) While cauliflower is roasting, whisk together sriracha, water, coconut oil, lemon juice, olive oil, agave nectar and spices in large mixing bowl.

3) Toss roasted cauliflower in sauce until thoroughly covered. Replace lining on baking sheet, spread cauliflower chunks out evenly again, and continue roasting in the oven for 10-15 more minutes or until browned. Be careful not to undercook.

4) Blend cashews, lemon juice and nutritional yeast in food processor until a creamy consistency has been reached. Add water if needed.

Serve hot! Makes 2 servings.