Vegan Substitute For Ground “Beef”

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When the occasion calls, it’s good to have a solid substitute for what would otherwise be ground beef. This recipe uses crumbled tofu and bakes it with a simple combination of spices, soy sauce, and nut butter to create a delicious and perfect replacement for real beef. Enjoy!

Tofu isn’t something I have very often, and this marks the first time I’m using it on the blog. The reason being that it is very difficult to find a high-quality source of tofu, and the kinds in the supermarkets are actually very difficult to digest. However, relative to other things you could be ingesting, tofu is a friendly meal. Eat it as part of the last meal of the day for digestion’s sake!

Tofu Ground “Beef”

by Aylin @ GlowKitchen

Prep Time: 1 hour

Keywords: vegan vegetarian tofu cumin peanut butter chili powder

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce (nama shoyu)
  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 400 grams extra-firm tofu (14-15 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients except tofu and oil in a small bowl. Set aside.

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Take the tofu and wrap it in a few layers of paper towels, then place it on a plate. Take a pan and push down on the wrapped tofu until the paper towel has sufficiently soaked in the tofu’s liquid.Unwrap the tofu and crumble it into a medium bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the tofu and fold until everything is evenly combined.

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Grease a baking sheet with oil and evenly spread the tofu “meat” across it. Each piece should have its own space to ensure it all cooks correctly.

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After 20 minutes, during which time it will smell like heaven in your kitchen, give the mixture a stir and re-assemble it so it is evenly spread across the baking sheet.

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Cook for another 20-25 minutes until the pieces are firm like meat.

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Enjoy in tacos, pasta, casseroles, or as is!

Bon Appetit!

xo Aylin

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