Since I recently moved, I have not had a lot of time to cook or go grocery shopping. I woke up the other morning really wanting a tofu scramble, but soon realized that I was out of olive oil and Earth Balance. That prompted me to look around the kitchen for what little alternatives were available. I settled on sesame oil and went from there.
This tofu scramble is very easy to make and one of the best parts is that I used a lot of side seasoning packets from past takeout meals from various Asian restaurants in the Santa Cruz area. All tofu scrambles are relatively low-cost, even when you expand into different flavoring. The tortillas were given to me by my dad but it is easy to find inexpensive tortillas or even make your own. I got the organic tofu from Safeway and the organic celery from Trader Joe’s, each both less than $3. Trader Joe’s has a small yet inexpensive spice selection available. This recipe made about 2 servings.
8 oz packet cubed tofu
1-2 stalks of chopped celery
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 packets (about two tablespoons) of soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili paste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Add sesame oil and soy sauce to a pan on medium heat
- While waiting for liquids to heat up, drain packet of tofu and chop celery stalks.
- When pan is hot enough, add tofu and all other ingredients except sesame seeds
- Cook everything together for close to 10 minutes, stirring often to prevent the tofu from sticking to the pan
- When cooked through, mix in sesame seeds and turn off heat
- Serve with tortilla and enjoy!
I definitely should have used one celery stalk instead of two because it made it taste a little too much like celery but it was not terrible. Anything else can be added to the scramble but this was all I really had around my kitchen. I would love to hear what people make when they have a small ingredient list available in their kitchen. Hope you all are having a wonderful start to summer (if you are in the Western hemisphere, anyways) and enjoy this recipe.