Tofu Bites (low-amine, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo, tomato-free, vegan, vegetarian)

Tofu Bites (low-amine, gluten-free, diary-free, nut-free, tomato-free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian) photo

Tofu Bites (low-amine, gluten-free, diary-free, nut-free, tomato-free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian)

Sometimes I have a hard time getting enough protein in my diet. I don’t always feel like eating (or dealing with prepping and cooking) meat. Tofu is a great, low-amine option in lieu of meat, and I like to utilize it by making a lot at once and eating it for a couple days. Soft tofu is the lowest in amines, whereas firm tofu is higher. Once baked, I prefer the texture of soft tofu to firm tofu, which I feel is almost too firm at that point. But whatever floats your boat. I seasoned half of this batch with my Cajun Spice Mix, and the other half with mustard-free (mustard is high in amines) curry powder, but feel free to use any seasoning you’d like, or none at all.

3 blocks tofu

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  • Cut tofu into squares.
  • Arrange on a cookie sheet and season, if desired.
Low-amine tofu bites, seasoned and ready to bake (photo)

Low-amine tofu bites, seasoned and ready to bake.

  • Bake for 2-4 hours, or until they reach desired texture. I like mine more firm, so I let them go longer. If you like yours softer, cook for less time.
Here's one way to use them... I stir fried some brussels sprouts and celery, added my low-amine BBQ sauce, and dropped in the tofu bites. Tossed together till everything was cooked and warm, and served it over a serving of rice. Simple and delicious!

Here's one way to use them... I stir fried some brussels sprouts and celery, added my low-amine BBQ sauce, and dropped in the tofu bites. Tossed together till everything was cooked and warm, and served it over a serving of rice. Simple and delicious!

AMINE BREAKDOWN:

Low Amine: soft tofu

Moderate Amine: firm tofu

Low-Amine Teriyaki Tofu Cabbage Wraps

Low-Amine Teriyaki Tofu Cabbage Wraps (low-amine, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, tomato-free, vegetarian, vegan) photo

Low-Amine Teriyaki Tofu Cabbage Wraps (low-amine, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, tomato-free, vegetarian, vegan), plated with sauce and ginger.

These cabbage wraps are both light and filling. The flavors are refreshing and hearty at the same time. For a more pliable cabbage wrap, you can blanch or steam the low-amine cabbage, but I prefer mine raw. I was starving, but after eating three low-amine cabbage wraps, was completely stuffed.

1 head cabbage (first 6-10 outside leaves only)

2 blocks firm, organic tofu

1 C soy sauce substitute

1/4 C shallot oil

  • Heat 1 C safflower oil and add 1 shallot, thinly sliced.
  • Cook over medium low until shallot is crisp and golden brown.
  • Reserve shallot as topper for dishes.
  • Oil will keep in the fridge for a couple months.

1 C cilantro, chopped

1/2 Walla Walla / Vidalia sweet onion, sliced into half-rings

2″ ginger, grated

4 green onions, sliced thinly

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp cornstarch

  • Cut tofu into 8 pieces each. Lay them flat in a Pyrex dish and pour soy sauce substitute and shallot oil over the top.
Tofu, marinated in low-amine, gluten-free soy sauce substitute and shallot oil (photo).

Tofu, marinated in low-amine, gluten-free soy sauce substitute and shallot oil.

  • Marinate for at least two hours. Halfway through, flip tofu pieces over in the marinade.
  • Peel outside layers of cabbage off carefully to use as cabbage wraps.
  • Prepare cilantro, onion, ginger, and green onion.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil and oil down. Place tofu pieces on foil, and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Pour marinade into a pan, and add garlic powder, salt, and cornstarch. Mix well and turn heat to medium low.
  • Stir constantly until thickened, then remove from heat.
  • When tofu is starting to crisp around the edges, remove from oven and cut into small pieces.
  • Serve all ingredients pre-wrapped in cabbage and held together with toothpicks, or serve as “build your own” at the table.
Low-Amine Teriyaki Tofu Cabbage Wraps (photo)

Low-Amine Teriyaki Tofu Cabbage Wraps

AMINE BREAKDOWN:

Very Low Amine: cabbage, cilantro, sweet onion, ginger, green onions, garlic powder, salt, cornstarch 

Low Amine: soy sauce substitute, shallot oil

Moderate Amine: firm tofu

Marinated Tofu Ties with Ginger Balsamic Sauce (low-amine, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, fish-free, low-fat, low-carb)

Marinated Tofu Ties with Balsamic Ginger Sauce (photo)

Marinated Tofu Ties with Balsamic Ginger Sauce

This low-amine dish is so tasty, and presents beautifully. It even looks a bit like a present, with the green onion tied around it. It can be served as an appetizer, or a few per plate for a light entree. It is easier if you have the balsamic vinegar substitute and soy sauce substitute already made. Since the tofu has to marinate overnight, you have plenty of time to make the low-amine balsamic vinegar substitute.

Balsamic Vinegar Substitute

4 Tbsp blueberry juice, reduced over high heat to 2 Tbsp
1/2 tsp ascorbic acid
1/4 tsp molasses
1 tsp vodka
1/4 tsp lime juice

  • Reduce blueberry juice to 2 Tbsp.
  • Mix in all other ingredients.

Soy Sauce Substitute

3 tsp molasses

3/4 C blueberry juice, reduced over high heat to 1/2 C

1 tsp ascorbic acid

2 tsp vodka

1/2 tsp lime juice

1/2 teaspoon grated ginger

just shy of 1/4 tsp liquid smoke

1 pinch white pepper

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 small clove garlic, pressed

1 1/2 cups organic beef broth or chicken broth

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer until reduced to a 2/3 to 1/2 cup of soy sauce substitute is left (about 20 minutes).
  • Keeps for up to a week in the fridge.
  • Shake before using.

Marinated Tofu Recipe

1 block soft tofu

2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 C soy sauce substitute

4 tsp garlic, minced

1 1/2 tsp ginger, grated + 1 tsp ginger, grated for garnish

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/2 lime, juiced

6 shiso leaves, rolled and chiffonade

8 green onions

1 large shallot

1/4 C safflower oil

Marinated Tofu Sauce Recipe

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar substitute

1 tsp ginger, grated

1 tsp safflower oil

  • Cut tofu block into 8 pieces.
Cut tofu block into 8 pieces (photo)

Cut tofu block into 8 pieces

  • Lay into a deep pan that gives tofu just enough room between pieces to marinate fully.
Lay tofu in a pan to marinate. This pan was a bit small, to be honest. (photo)

Lay tofu in a pan to marinate. This pan was a bit small, to be honest.

  • In a small bowl, combine low-amine soy sauce substitute, sugar, garlic, lime, and 1  1/2 tsp grated ginger. Mix until well dissolved. Pour over the tofu and let marinate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Lay tofu out on cookie sheet or aluminum foil (use one with walls or you may regret it). Sift garlic out of sauce (I use a tea strainer) and cover tofu pieces. Bake for two hours.
Marinated tofu with strained sauce bits on top (photo)

Marinated tofu with strained sauce bits on top, ready to bake

  • Meanwhile, boil water in a large pan. Cut tips off green onions and add them to the boiling water. When very pliable but still bright green, drain water and allow to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar substitute, ginger, and safflower oil for the low-amine balsamic ginger sauce. Set aside.
  • Using a mandoline, slice your shallot thin. In a small saucepan, heat safflower oil and fry shallots until slightly browned and crisp. Do not overcook – once they start to brown, keep a close eye on them. Burning happens quickly. Allow to dry on a paper towel. Reserve oil for other recipes (I keep mine in small mason jars in the fridge).
Frying shallots (photo)

Frying shallots

  • Remove tofu from oven and allow to cool for handling.
  • Cut the long edges of the tofu off so that the white tofu is exposed. Leave the browned ends for contrast.
  • Squeegie the green onions between your fingers to get the juices and water out of it. You want them to be as flat as possible without damaging the green onion.
  • Lay the green onion underneath the tofu slice. Put a pinch of fried shallots on top. Tie the green onion in a knot. Add a pinch of grated ginger, and a pinch of the shiso chiffonade.
  • Plate with balsamic ginger sauce beneath the marinated tofu tie.
Marinated tofu tie with shallots, ginger, and shiso. Wrapped in green onion tie and served with a ginger balsamic vinegar substitute sauce. (photo)

Marinated tofu tie with shallots, ginger, and shiso. Wrapped in green onion tie and served with a ginger balsamic vinegar substitute sauce.

AMINE BREAKDOWN:

Very Low Amine: garlic, ginger, lime, shiso leaves, green onion, shallot,  

Low Amine: tofu, sugar, soy sauce substitute, safflower oil, balsamic vinegar substitute

Very High Amine: cayenne

1/4 C safflower oil

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