We all have those nights where we just want to throw something on the table in under 20 minutes and get it in our bellies.
On those nights, if I can resist the urge to just order in, I throw together this treat- my own lazy Cajun tofu bowl. It’s vegetarian/ vegan and filling and spicy and keeps me from shoveling down a tray of nachos or pizza. Here’s how to make your own:
One 14 oz package extra firm tofu
One large can Southern Style collard greens or mixed greens (if you’re a strict vegan or vegetarian, check the label- many brands offer a meat broth version and a vegetarian version)
1 1/2 cups of rice (I used leftover “forbidden rice” from the fridge, but any rice you have around will work- even the leftovers from Chinese)
Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning
3 tbs. oil (I used coconut, but vegetable or olive would work)
Optional: capers, hot sauce or Sriracha sauce
Remember, the goal here is to get it on the table. No fancy preparation, unless you feel like it!
– Cook your rice. If you are using leftovers like I did, just heat what you have. See, you’re already saving time!
-Heat the collard greens (leave in the liquid) in the microwave for four minutes. Drain. I like the seasoning in these.
-While that’s cooking, pop open the tofu, dry it off with a paper towel, and cut into cubes. Sprinkle the cubes with your magic weapon:
Yep. It’s Creole, not Cajun. Those are different. We’re being lazy here.
-Heat a large skillet on medium and add your oil. I like the subtle flavor that coconut oil adds, but any kind will crisp up your little tofu buddies. Add the tofu cubes and sautee’ for about 3 minutes on each side. I like mine a little crispy, so I usually go for five. They look like this:
-And that’s it. I layered a giant helping of greens, then the rice (I love the black rice against the greens), and top with tofu. If you’re a spice fiend like me, drizzle with Sriracha and if you have a bottle of capers in the fridge, sprinkle a few on top to make yourself feel fancy.
Eat up. According to the LoseIt app, the whole thing rings in at 3 servings, 588 calories each. I couldn’t even finish my whole bowl.