Spicy Grilled Tofu with Szechuan Vegetables

 Tofu is often used as a vegetarian staple, but if you aren’t sure how to cook it, it can be disappointing. The key to a meaty-textured tofu is to freeze it until solid, and then let it thaw in the fridge. Press it to get the water out, and then cook like you would meat. This grilled tofu recipe is marinated, grilled, and served with Szechuan vegetables for an easy recipe that’s a complete meal. You can serve this spicy grilled tofu recipe with rice or another grain if you’d like; either way, it’s downright delicious. Szechuan sauce, a spicy Asian condiment, can be found in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store; look where you find soy sauce.

 Yield: 4 servings Calories: 297 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Sodium: 784mg Total Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber: 5g Sugars: 4g Protein: 24g SmartPoints: 8


1 pound firm tofu, frozen and thawed
3 tablespoons lite soy sauce, optional gluten-free Tamari
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
1 teaspoon lite soy sauce, optional gluten-free Tamari
2 tablespoons Szechuan sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch



1.Once the tofu is thawed, cut it into 1/2 inch thick slices; squares or triangles will work. Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Lay the tofu in a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade overtop. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
2.Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Grill the tofu about 5 minutes per side, until firm. It should have nice grill marks on both sides.

1.Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the green beans. Blanche for 2 minutes; drain and rinse with ice cold water.
2.Combine the corn starch with a teaspoon of cold water. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the sesame oil, followed by the green beans, red peppers and onions. Add the soy sauce (optional Tamari) and Szechuan sauce and stir quickly for about 1 minute. Add the corn starch mixture and stir until thickened.
3.Serve the tofu with the veggies.