Tofu Cacciatore

Cacciatore is an interesting word. Chicken cacciatore refers to chicken prepared in a spicy tomato sauce with mushrooms and herbs. The Italian word literally means “hunter.” It refers to the ingredients that a hunter might have on hand when preparing the dish. So, here is tofu cacciatore – hunter style. Just imagine yourself on in the middle of the prairies, lassoing some wild tofu. A call to simpler times. Serve this with our garlic mashed potatoes.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound firm tofu, cut into 1/2” slices
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1/4 cup white wine
1 clove garlic, minced
5 crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Vegeta
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small can stewed tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup tomato sauce
Fresh parsley, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Heat a large skillet coated with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots and bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and saute for another 3-4 minutes.
4. Add the wine, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
5. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Heat another large skillet coated with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the tofu and saute for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Place the browned tofu cubes in a 13” X 9” baking dish and cover with the prepared tomato sauce.
7. Bake for 1 hour. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve over garlic mashed potatoes.

– DJ

Fresh Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto

With macadamia nuts instead of pine nuts you can add a tasty island twist to a traditional pesto pasta recipe.

3 cups fresh whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup unsalted, dry-roasted macadamia nuts
2 cups fresh basil leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 bunch of asparagus
1/2 of a zucchini

1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain the pasta when it’s done.
2. Wash the asparagus, snap off the ends and discard. Wash and thinly slice the zucchini. Top the vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill for 7 minutes, or broil for 10 minutes.
3. In the meantime, pulse the macadamia nuts in a food processor, then add garlic and basil and pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil while the food processor is on. Scrape the sides of the food processor with the rubber spatula, add salt and pepper and pulse a few more times.
4. In a large bowl, mix pesto mixture and cooked pasta.
5. Cut up grilled asparagus and zucchini and add to the pasta.
6. Garnish with grape tomatoes and serve.

– DJ