Doritos Tofu

Doritos Tofu Close Up | thelittleredspoon.com

Yes, people. YES. These are vegan. Tofu bites breaded with Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. And yes. It tastes as amazing as you think it does.

Doritos Tofu Mise en Place | thelittleredspoon.com

You just need a bag of Sweet Chili Heat Doritos – these are the only kind of vegan Doritos. Just as orange as the other flavours, but none of the cheese cultures, buttermilk solids, whey protein concentrate, lactose, lactic acid, nonfat milk solids, or whey protein isolate that’s in regular (Nacho Cheese flavour) Doritos.

Okay, they still contain vegetable oil which MAY potentially contain palm oil which is awful for the rainforests and stuff, so you’re not exactly an angel for making these but still. No cows were enslaved, raped, torn away from their babies or killed for the making of this dish.

Along with your Doritos, gather some tofu (1pkg firm or extra-firm), flour (1/2 cup), corn starch (1 Tbsp), and soy or nut milk (1/2 cup).

Doritos in Food Processor | thelittleredspoon.com

Zip those doritos in your food processor for a few seconds until they are the consistency of panko breadcrumbs. I used maybe 2/3 of a full-size bag here. (The rest may have been eaten as full-sized chips…)

Doritos Dust | thelittleredspoon.com

Dat Dorito dust….

Get your breading station ready. Flour in the first bowl, mix the corn starch and “milk” together in another bowl, and have your Dorito crumbs ready in a third bowl. I chopped my tofu into different sized shapes to see what would produce the best taste. I tried long thin “steaks,” medium sized cubes and small cubes. It turns out all of them were good.

Breading Station Set Up | thelittleredspoon.com

A great tip for breading is to use one hand for wet dipping and one hand for dry dipping and DO NOT mix hands or you will be basically breading your fingers as you go.

I used my right (dominant) hand to drag the tofu through the dry ingredients, and my left hand to dip them into the wet ingredients.

Tofu in Flour | thelittleredspoon.com
Since the tofu was kinda wet even after I pressed it for 20 minutes wrapped in a towel, I used my wet (left) hand to pick up the pieces and drop them in the flour. Then I used my dry (right) hand to drag them around in the flour and drop them into the “milk” mixture.

Tofu in Milk | thelittleredspoon.com

Using my wet (left) hand I made sure the tofu got nice and soaked on all sides, then picked it up, let it drip for a second and put it into the Dorito crumbs.

Tofu in Dorito Crumbs | thelittleredspoon.com

I roll the tofu pieces around with my dry (right) hand. Cover the piece with Doritos all over and press down a little bit to smoosh all those tasty crumbs on.

Press Tofu Into Dorito Crumbs | thelittleredspoon.com

Patting the piece down so all the crumbs are nice and adhered.

Doritos Tofu Going Into Oven | thelittleredspoon.com

These pieces are ready to go into a 400F oven to cook for around 20-35 minutes. My oven gets extremely hot very quickly so it takes about 20 minutes for me. I flipped them halfway through.

Doritos Tofu Served | thelittleredspoon.com

And don’t forget your green veggies… Just because you’re eating Doritos for dinner doesn’t mean you should be a TOTAL slob. (Although I wouldn’t tell anyone…)

Doritos Tofu
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Serves: 3-4 portions
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Sweet Chili Heat Doritos
  • 1 Package firm or extra-firm tofu
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (I use coconut)
Instructions
  1. Press tofu for 20 minutes to release water. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. While tofu is pressing, place Doritos in food processor and pulse for a few seconds until you have panko-sized crumbs.
  3. Slice tofu into desired pieces. Thin slices (one block = 8 lengthwise slices) are the easiest, but tiny cubes will provide the best crunchy Doritos-to-tofu ratio.
  4. Mix corn starch and nondairy milk into a bowl. Prepare breading station with a 3 bowls - one for flour, one for milk mixture, one for Doritos crumbs.
  5. Using a separate hand for dry and wet ingredients, drag tofu first through the flour, then dip into milk mixture and finally press into Doritos crumbs.
  6. Place tofu pieces onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake 400F oven for 20-35 minutes. Flip halfway for even cooking.
  8. Serve with a tasty BBQ sauce. Trust me.

Recipe is based off of Bake and Destroy‘s post about Doritos Tofu.

If you have lots of leftover breading and some of your tofu pieces look a little sad, you could try breading them twice. I did that with a few pieces and they were EXTRA Doritos-y and really crunchy and tasty. They came out well and I would recommend doing some normally and some double-breaded to see what you like. Once they’re coated normally, just dip them in the flour again, then the milk, then the Doritos the exact same way.

I also tried frying some of the tofu pieces in coconut oil instead of baking in the oven. I found that cooking them in the oven was a little easier and produced more even results, but frying them was much faster. If you’re short on time or really starving then you could definitely fry them in a few tablespoons of coconut oil in a nonstick pan. Just make sure not to take your eyes off them or they could burn easily.

Doritos Tofu Dipped in BBQ Sauce | thelittleredspoon.com

The tofu went really well with some caramelized onion chipotle BBQ sauce I had in the fridge.

Doritos Tofu Leftovers | thelittleredspoon.com

And you know I need my leftovers for a work-lunch the next day.

What do you think of this fantastic Doritos-tofu recipe? Let me know in the comments if you’d consider having Doritos for dinner some time. I mean let’s be honest, the tofu is basically a chip-to-mouth delivery system in this recipe but at least you’re getting a bit of calcium, iron and protein with your Doritos.

And trust me this is a recipe any picky-eater, kid or non-vegan would also love. Try it out and let me know how it goes.

BBQ Tofu

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BBQ Tofu!

People on the vegan subreddit have been submitting a ton of posts about BBQ tofu a lot in the past week.

The recipe is based on this imgur album posted 2 years ago with instructions on how to marinate and baste your tofu while roasting it in the oven. Check it out!

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I made this tofu for dinner the other night and it turned out pretty well. Roasting it in the oven really gives the tofu a nice texture.

The BBQ sauce makes a perfect marinade. It’s incredibly easy, great for a weeknight dinner and makes great leftovers for work the next day. (AKA the holy trifecta)

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Ever marinated your tofu in BBQ sauce? Roasted it in the oven? What’s your best tofu recipe? Let me know in the comments.

 

General Tso’s Tofu

Hey readers! I’m back. 🙂 Sorry for the absence, but I had a little hiccup with my professional life and ended up finding a new job and then traveling to California with Mr. Spoon for a while.

I wanted to show you my results after following Minimalist Baker‘s recipe for General Tso’s Tofu. Which is like General Tso’s Chicken but made vegan

General Tsos Tofu Mise en Place | thelittleredspoon.com

Not too difficult to gather all the ingredients, the only thing I had to run out and grab was some dried red chilies and some sesame seeds. The seeds aren’t absolutely necessary but I wanted to pick some up anyway. They do add a nice finishing touch to a lot of dishes.

General Tsos Tofu Golden Brown Tofu | thelittleredspoon.com
This recipe is pretty easy to follow, the only thing is it’s kind of tedious. There are a lot of steps that go into making it just-so, so this probably isn’t one of those lazy weeknight dinners that would be good for lunch the next day. This is one of those impress your friends or date (or self!) weekend recipes that tastes super great hot and fresh out of the pan and not *as* amazing if you let it sit.

The reason for that is you’re deep-frying the tofu first to make it nice and crispy. It has a bit of crunch on the outside and is still soft and tofu-y on the inside. If you let it sit too long in the sauce it will definitely lose that crispy texture that you worked so hard to get, so eat it while it’s hot!

General Tsos Tofu in Frying Pan | thelittleredspoon.com

The basic steps are:

  • drain, prep and marinate the tofu
  • bread and fry the tofu until crispy
  • stir-fry with veggies and sticky-sweet-spicy General Tso sauce
  • serve hot! maybe over rice or noodles

General Tsos Tofu Closeup | thelittleredspoon.com

The longer you cook the sauce the more thick and sticky it will become. So gooey and delicious.

General Tsos Tofu Bowls | thelittleredspoon.com

Serve with or without rice and broccoli.

General Tsos Tofu with Sesame Seeds | thelittleredspoon.com

Add sesame seeds if you’re into that.

General Tsos Tofu | thelittleredspoon.com

This recipe turned out pretty darn good! Like I said it’s a bit tedious to whip up a marinade, sauce, veggies, and prepare the tofu but in the end it’s a great dish for a Saturday night at home. Next time I make this I’ll be digging right in to eat it so you won’t get any delicious-looking pictures!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think! It’s so easy to swap tofu for things like chicken in a recipe like this and make your own “take-out” at home.

General Tsos Tofu Bowls with Sesame Seeds | thelittleredspoon.com

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Hero Shot | thelittleredspoon.com

Recently my mum and I (and Shaggy) were near Christie Pits Park around lunch time on a beautiful weekend at the end of summer and thought – we need to have a picnic in this park on this gorgeous sunny day.

Well, I’ve wanted to try Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu since moving to Toronto and my mum is up for anything, so we decided to walk over and get some takeout to bring back to the park.

Picnic Table | thelittleredspoon.com

Shaggy and I waited outside on a small bench while we ordered a mild #6 from the menu – Vegetable Soon Tofu + Dolsotbab. ($7.97 + tax) It was ready very quickly and they brought it right out to us in a plastic bag with some spoons, chopsticks and napkins. Cheap, quick, easy, delicious – that’s my kind of food!

We found a cute little green picnic table in Christie Pits park and laid out our feast.

Picnic Table Graffiti | thelittleredspoon.com

Some cute graffiti on the picnic table. You can tell I didn’t write this because of the grammatical errors although I support the sentiments expressed.

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Food Laid Out | thelittleredspoon.com

Oh god, this was SO GOOD. Let me just go ahead and stare at this picture for a while. In fact you can take your time and zoom in, here. It’s worth it. I’ll wait.

It was so much fun sharing all the banchan (side dishes) together. We had such an amazing little picnic! I can’t recommend this place enough and the fact that it’s beside a park and extremely close to the subway station just makes it even better.

Ready for some close-ups?

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Bean Sprouts | thelittleredspoon.com

I believe on the left was kongjorim, or braised soybeans, which had a nice toothy texture. Almost like they were slightly undercooked. I liked this slight al dente kind of chewiness, my mum wasn’t as much of a fan. Regardless they had a great flavour that was savoury, sticky and a little bit sweet.

On the right is kongnamulmuchim, or marinated bean sprouts. These were really nice to add that crisp, fresh, watery crunchy texture.

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Bap | thelittleredspoon.com

The dolsotbab (cooked rice) was great, it had beans in it and was tinged slightly purple which was interesting. We fed some to Shaggy with a little broth poured over his and he loved it, too.

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Soup | thelittleredspoon.com

Of course the Vegetable Soon Tofu soup is the star of the show, here. It included mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, onions and the most delicious soft tofu I have ever tasted. It was silky smooth, creamy white and had a melt in your mouth amazing texture. 10/10 would slurp that tofu down the hatch again any day.

The veggies were great as well, perfectly cooked, good proportions of everything, beautiful colours and everything was fresh and delicious.

There was also a raw egg popped into the soup which my mum slurped up. In the restaurant the soup is served in a hot stone dish which is very, very hot and continues to cook the food inside it. If you let the egg sit for a few minutes it would continue cooking, or you could poke the yolk and mix it around. If you’re vegan like me, you could just ask for it without the egg like I plan to do next time.

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Kimchi | thelittleredspoon.com

In this container we had traditional kimchi which was super tasty and not too spicy at all, and I believe on the right side is musaengchae which is a sweet and sour shredded radish salad.

Can you believe I’d never tried kimchi before? I was nervous because I’ve heard kimchi can sometimes be very spicy, but this kimchi was very mild! It had a great flavour that was kind of sweet and spicy and pickled. Very well-rounded and interesting.

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Bottom of the Bowl| thelittleredspoon.com

I wish I had a picture of a scoop of that wonderful delicious tofu on it’s own but I was so busy scarfing everything down once we started eating that I couldn’t stop myself! Towards the end of our meal we ended up mixing everything together and eating with our spoons like a stew.

You will have to try this place for yourself to understand just how dreamy soft and silky that wonderful tofu is. Don’t be intimidated if you have never tried Korean food before – the menu is only one page and I doubt you can go wrong here. Just eat everything that gets served to you and you won’t regret it.

This place was very affordable, we were both able to share one veggie dish and all the side dishes (and were full after) for about $12. (that’s including tax and a tip)

I will definitely be visiting this place again and bringing Mr. Spoon with me, who loves spicy Korean food.  It’s very easy to get to on the subway, and you can swing by Apiecalypse Now on your way back to Christie Station to grab some vegan donuts or soft serve for dessert

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cosmic Treats

Cosmic Treats was another restaurant we visited during Veggielicious last month. It’s a cute little diner in Kensington Market. I was especially excited to try this place when I saw things like Dorito-encrusted tofu and deep-fried vegan candy bars on the menu… Uh, YES.

I dragged my mum and by boyfriend along with me for this one and I think we all agreed – this place is pretty cool.

For $22 there was a 3-course dinner deal on:

Your choice of beverage – Glass of house red or white wine, pint of beer or Kombucha.
Your choice of Entrée – Chick’un Caesar salad with homemade creamy dressing, croutons and fakin’ bits OR Frito pie – corn chips served with homemade chilli, pickled jalapenos and red onions, green onions, cilantro and Daiya jalapeno Havarti cheese (gf).
Your choice of dessert – Deep-Fried Go-Max! candy bar of your choice drizzled with homemade hot fudge sauce OR Far from Pedestrian Sundae – homemade cashew ice cream with your choice of topping, sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top (gf option available).
Cosmic Treats Kombucha | thelittleredspoon.com
We decided two of us would order off the Veggielicous so we could try everything on it and one of us would order the Dorito-encrusted tofu and then everyone would taste a bit of everything.
To start off we all decided to share a bottle of kombucha and a pint of beer. This was the first kombucha any of us had had! We all quite liked it – it basically tastes like a lightly fizzy juice or soda. Kombucha is a fermented sweetened black tea that can be flavoured, we had mango flavour. They also gave us water in these crazy tilted glasses.
Cosmic Treats Frito Pie | thelittleredspoon.com

Frito pie – basically a bowl of chili and Fritos that’s served in a Frito bag. Pretty good and definitely an interesting presentation. Way too much cilantro for my taste but if I was ordering this for myself  I would have just ordered it without.

Cosmic Treats Chickn Caesar Salad | thelittleredspoon.com

Chick’n Caesar salad. I see what they were going for here, although the chicken strips were a little overcooked. The salad didn’t blow anyone away but it was still good.
Cosmic Treats Doritos Crusted Tofu | thelittleredspoon.com
The real star of the night was this Dorito-encrusted tofu. It’s crusted with Sweet Chili Heat Doritos – the only vegan flavour. It was delightful! Crunchy and delicious. This is the tofu to serve someone that “hates tofu” and thinks vegan food is “gross” – you will convert anyone with this.
Cosmic Treats Deep Fried Candy Bar | thelittleredspoon.com
Since this place is really known for their desserts, we had to try one of each of the desserts. For the deep fried candy bar, you just go to the shelves where they keep all their vegan candy (which is SO temping, oh man… just thinking about that now, I want to go back and buy some snacks and candy) and pick whichever one you want. There’s basically vegan versions of Mars bars, Reese’s cups, Mounds, all kinds. I decided to go for the Crispy Crunch style one which in hindsight isn’t the easiest to eat deep fried with a knife and fork since the inside is pretty flakey. I would recommend going for the peanut butter cups or something with a different texture but I would try any of those tasty candy bars, deep-fried or non-deep-fried.
Cosmic Treats Far From Pedestrain Sundae | thelittleredspoon.com
As for the sundae, you had your choice of two different (or the same) scoops of their homemade cashew ice cream, with choice of sauce, topping, whipped cream and a cherry on top.
We tried peanut butter and jelly ice cream, coffee ice cream and salted caramel bourbon sauce.
It was really good! The ice cream was very creamy and realistic-tasting. I’ve always loved vegan ice cream, even long before going vegan because I can eat a bunch and it doesn’t give me a stomach ache!

We had a great time at Cosmic Treats and enjoyed walking around the neighbourhood before and after our dinner. Service was great, the waitress was really friendly and the place was really cool.

I would definitely go back and bring someone who has never been here before to try the Dorito tofu.

Check it out next time you’re in Kensington Market/Chinatown or have a craving for some sweet vegan desserts.

Cosmic Treats Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tofu Scramble Breakfast

Scrambled Tofu Breakfast | thelittleredspoon.com

There’s nothing like a delicious, nutritious breakfast to ease your way into a relaxing weekend. I wanted to try out this recipe for scrambled tofu I found in Kathy Patalsky’s Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen cookbook.
Making the tofu was surprisingly easy and tasty. As a former egg-lover I was hoping I would be able to find a good replacement for eggs that was just as easy and satisfying. It turns out scrambled tofu is an amazing substitute, and is really filling, healthy and protein-rich.

Crumbled Tofu | thelittleredspoon.com

Since going vegan I’ve been incorporating so much more tofu into my life and loving it! My first experience with tofu was quite frankly, very disgusting, bordering on scarring  so I totally understand why some people would be hesitant to eat it regularly or even try it. I tried tofu when I was about 12 or 13, I had heard that it was a popular food in Japan and wanted to try it. This was before I ever went vegan or vegetarian, I was just curious about trying new foods, and to a kid growing up in a small, boring city, tofu was pretty exotic.

I asked my mum to buy me some tofu and cook it for me. Of course, she had NO IDEA how to cook it or what to do with it, but she likes to try new foods as well and is a very adventurous eater so we did go to the grocery store and buy a package of medium-firm tofu together. Well, she tried cooking it the only way she could think of. By cutting it in huge chunks, throwing it in a frying pan and drowning it in cheap VH brand soy sauce.

OH MY GOD! I can’t even explain how disgusting it was! Of course we went out of our way to buy the tofu and make it so she forced me to at least finish my serving. I don’t think I was able to take more than two bites without gagging! It was sooooo nasty! I laugh every time I think back to this experience but at the time I was so incredibly disgusted I vowed never to eat tofu EVER AGAIN. Clearly it was one of the most disgusting foods on the planet!

Textbook Tofu Press | thelittleredspoon.com

My $150 tofu press

Many years later, after I had been vegetarian for a few years (avoiding tofu the whole time), I visited a little hole in the wall Japanese noodle shop with my mum while she visited me at University. I ordered a vegetarian noodle soup dish, and it was served with deep-fried tofu on top. I was a little hesitant to try, but when I did I realized tofu can be so delicious if you just cook it the right way! It tasted so meaty, juicy and delicious, crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth soft on the inside.

To this day my mum remembers that trip to the noodle shop very fondly, and often asks if I’m going to deep fry my tofu when I mention I’m planning on making some. Deep-fried or fried tofu tastes so good over noodles in a stir-fry, but that’s a post for another day.

Scramble Tofu Breakfast Ingredients | thelittleredspoon.com

This breakfast tofu is amazing too, and I hope you’ll try it out. You may have to go out of your way to pick up some turmeric like I did. It really helps give it that appetizing, yellow, egg-like colour.

Scrambled Tofu Sauce | thelittleredspoon.com

Easiest sauce ever – just use spices, nooch and water and whisk.

I found these SoL Cuisine brand Veggie Breakfast Sausages at Whole Foods and thought I would try them out as well. They were totally overshadowed by the scrambled tofu, however.

SoL Breakfast Sasuage Packaging | thelittleredspoon.com

The breakfast sausages were honestly a little dry and not too flavourful, but they did have a beautiful, realistic golden-brown look to them once cooked. I thought they tasted pretty good with some mustard, and they would go well with ketchup, Sriracha or salsa if that’s what your into. But to be honest I probably won’t be buying them again in the near future. Next time I make a nice vegan fry-up for brekkie I plan on trying some tempeh bacon strips.

To balance out all the savoury flavours in this breakfast I added a piece of The Big 16 Bread by Silver Hills Bakery, topped with some almond butter and raspberry jam. I am obsessed with Silver Hills products and find I can’t go back to basic white breads and bagels made with processed flour anymore. This brand is the bomb; their products are organic, vegan, GMO-free, and made from sprouted grains. With 16 types of sprouted seeds and grains in this bread, you are getting 6g of protein and 4g fiber with every slice. Amazing! And it tastes good, too. Check them out!

Vegan breakfast doesn’t have to just be plain fruit or granola and hemp milk. You can give up eggs and dairy and still have a luxurious, savoury, filling breakfast like this one. See for yourself – make this tasty tofu scramble and let me know what you think!

Scrambled Tofu | thelittleredspoon.com

 

Tofu Scramble Vegan Breakfast
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1 serving
 
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces firm or extra firm tofu (drained and crumbled)
  • Light tasting cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegan buttery spread
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • Other veggies (mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, scallions, etc.) optional – I added cherry tomatoes and frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped greens, such as fresh baby spinach, kale or chard
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Other spices as desired (chili powder, cumin, white pepper, sea salt, cayenne)
  • Optional add-ins: vegan cheese shreds, Tempeh bacon bits, few pinches freshly grated orange zest, grade B maple syrup, tamari/soy sauce, black salt or truffle salt, ume vinegar)
Instructions
  1. Drain the tofu of excess water by wrapping with a kitchen towel or paper towel and covering with cutting board with something heavy on top. I used a heavy textbook and let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. Add light tasting or flavoured cooking oil to a nonstick pan or cast-iron skillet. Heat the pan over medium high heat. Add the vegan buttery spread. When the butter has melted and coats the pan, add the onion and any additional chopped veggies (if using). If the greens you’re using are hearty (like kale or chard) add them now. Cook the veggies until caramelized.
  3. Using your hands or a fork, crumble the tofu and add into the pan. Break apart any big pieces with a spatula. Flip and toss the tofu, continuing to cook for 2-3 minutes until it starts letting off steam, firming up and developing some colour.
  4. Drizzle with tamari and maple syrup if using.
  5. Add spices together in a small bowl with nutritional yeast and whisk with just enough water to form a thick sauce.
  6. Pour sauce over scrambled tofu, coating evenly. Cook until sauce thickens and evaporates.
  7. Fold in delicate greens like spinach in now, allowing hot pan and tofu to gently wilt. I added the cherry tomatoes and corn now as well.
  8. Taste tofu scramble and adjust seasoning as needed, may need more salt, nutritional yeast or white pepper. Top with vegan cheese like Daiya shreds if desired. Serve warm.

 

 

Preachy vegan moment: Did you know ONE single egg has more cholesterol than a double down sandwich from KFC? Check out Bite Size Vegan’s video for WAY more information about the lies and misinformation spread by the egg industry. It’s not even legal to call eggs “safe,” “healthy” or “nutritious” according to the UDSA! That’s because they aren’t! And that’s not even getting into the moral/ethical problems of eggs. Check out Erin Janus’s video for more information about the cruelty of factory-farmed eggs – and yes, even “free-range,” “organic,” “cage-free” eggs can be extremely cruel! Not to mention gross. Both videos are on the slightly longer side (about 20 minutes each) but entirely worth watching. If you have no idea where your eggs come from or what it takes to get them on your plate – do you really think you have a right to eat them?