Nov 10, 2014

Cheezy Baked Tofu Cubes

Want a wonderfully different, healthy and tasty appetizer to please a vegan crowd? Try these! They have a great texture and are super easy to make. I mean REALLY easy. Tofu is pretty bland on its own, as I’m sure you know. It takes on the flavor of whatever it happens to be next to. So cozy it up with your favorite spices and some nutritional yeast to create these cute little treats!

I served mine with some homemade, nut-based ranch dressing (recipe below). Mmmmm….

Ingredients:

  • one block super firm tofu
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 TBS of your favorite dried spices (I used Spike Salt-free Seasoning)
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment or use a silicone mat.
  3. Rinse the tofu and press it lightly in a towel or paper towel to remove excess water.
  4. Cut the block into cubes about ¾” to 1″ in size.
  5. Toss the cubes in a bowl with the nooch and the spices until well coated.
  6. Place on the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, gently flipping them at the 15 minute mark.
Vegan Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cashew cream cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh or dried parsley
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh or dried dill
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • a few twists of grated black pepper
  • Place the cashews and water in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a high powered blender, soak the cashews for about 4 hours prior. Add the cream cheese  (and salt if using) and blend on low to incorporate. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the black pepper and herbs. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving to allow for the herbs to infuse their flavors into the dressing.

    NOTE: If you don’t have any cultured cream cheese on hand, simply omit it and add one tsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice after blending.

Enjoy!
Healthy trails,

6 responses to “Cheezy Baked Tofu Cubes”

  1. Nezumi says:

    I love tofu and I love nutritional yeast. This seems like a match made in heaven for my tastebuds 🙂

  2. Helyn says:

    Yay! Thanks for your feedback, Nezumi!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is delicious! My omni husband liked it too. You do need to like nutritional yeast, though – that's the flavor which really comes through.

  4. Helyn says:

    Yes, I would say liking the nooch would be important! Thanks for your feedback! 🙂

  5. Annette S. says:

    This is the best tofu dish I’ve ever had. It was very tasty; used spices with a kick. I enjoyed it both out of the oven and cold the next couple of days. The secret to keeping it crispy is to put it in the frig uncovered.

    Thanks so much, this will be a regular dish when I need extra protein.

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