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VeganMoFo: How do you ‘fu?

As most vegan bloggers know, Isa has a new brunch book coming out and so a lot of us have been testing for it.  One of the recipes is a pesto tofu scramble which I loved, and I took from that my new favorite way to make tofu scramble.

At the commissary they usually have organic basil, in a big bunch, for a pretty good price.  Usually I can only find them in small packages and they’re so pricey.

I’m bad at planning when it comes to food.  I usually don’t go, “We are having this on Monday, this in Tuesday, etc.”  I just make what I want to eat right then and I never remember to make things ahead of time, like pesto .  So this is what I do:

I take a whole sweet onion, roughly chop it, and cook it in olive oil over mediumish heat.  I don’t usually wait for them to get completely caramelized, but I do let them get pretty soft.  I stir them occasionally while getting everything else together.  I add salt, pepper, a little bit of tumeirc and paprika for color.  Wait about ten minutes for them to get softer.  A couple of cloves of minced garlic.  I roll up the basil leaves and chop them (I don’t really count, maybe 20 leaves?) and throw them in too.  Let those things rock out together for a few more minutes and then add my lightly pressed crumbled tofu.  Stir it all to coat and then I let it alone except for the occasional stir for about fifteen minutes.  I like some of the tofu to get a little brown.  While that’s happening, I slice a tomato and arrange the slices on a plate.  Then when it’s ready, I put my scramble on top of the tomatoes so it warms them up a bit, because sometimes I don’t want cooked tomatoes but I don’t want them to be super cold either.

Now that tomatoes and basil are on their way out i’m going to have to switch to dried basil (not nearly as tasty) and nix the tomatoes, but I still think it’s pretty good.  I really like onions, if I have mushrooms or spinach that needs to be used those can go in too.  One time I did want cooked tomatoes so I put cherry tomatoes in there and white beans because apparently I really wanted protein.

posted: 08 October 3
under: food, pictures, veganmofo

14 Responses to “VeganMoFo: How do you ‘fu?”

  1. Jessica says:

    I love descriptive ways of cooking like that, as I am also not an exact recipe person. Looks like an amazing “fu” scramble, especially with all those tomatoes!

  2. Lisa says:

    I have never had tofu scramble. *gasp* I was never a big scrambled egg kind of gal either. But that photo looks soooo good I may just give it a try!

  3. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Looks like the perfect scramble!

  4. B36Kitchen says:

    That looks amazingly delicious. I’m a sucker for anything pesto-y.

  5. allularpunk says:

    that looks like the best scramble ever! i usually do a mexican themed scramble, but basil, being my favorite herb, will have to be in my next one!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Looks delicious and I’m always happy to read new scramble recipes! I love tofu scrambles!

  7. b.a.d. says:

    “pesto togu” ? Sounds interesting.

  8. Beautiful presentation with the tomatoes!

  9. sarchan says:

    Great minds thing alike, I guess? I made pesto cubes a few weeks ago when I scored a load of basil at the farmers market and I’ve been really enjoying adding one to mix into my scramble. Really good with broccoli, zucchini, and kale scrambled in as well. I like this tomato idea as well.

  10. Monique says:

    I love tofu scrambles. They are so versatile. I usually only flavor mine with garlic, onion, and turmeric. Then I top with avocado and fresh salsa.

  11. Deb says:

    This looks great! I have a nice big basil plant growing outside too, plus a bunch of tomato plants. Could you stock up on tomatoes before they go out of season and dehydrate them? Then you’d have quasi sun-dried tomatoes that could be added to the scramble. Not the same as fresh, but might work anyway!

    Great post!

  12. bex says:

    I loved the pesto scramble too. Haven’t had a scramble of any kind in ages though. That makes bex a sad panda.

  13. appifanie says:

    i miss cheap commissary basil! jealous.

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