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Spicy Tofu & Beans

Quick meals are a godsend to the soul.  This one is as simple as they come and tasty too!  It satisfies veggies and protein requirement with just enough flavor and oomph to make it quite likely a mainstay in your household.  The flavors of this one, bitter, spicy, dry and a little sweet are a perfect answer to the wet, cold or muggy heaviness of spring.

Serves 3 – 4; Prep + Cooking time: 40 mins.


What’s in it:

  • 400g firm tofu, torn into bite sized chunks
  • 200g (a few generous handfuls) green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or ghee
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • small handful coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste


How to make it:

Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.  Place the tofu pieces in a large mixing bowl with spices, oil/ghee and lemon juice.  Stir or mix with your hands to coat everything and allow to sit covered for up to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 180C / 350F.

Using tongs or a fork, remove all the tofu pieces from the bowl and place them on a baking sheet, leaving the residue of lemon juice and spices behind.  Bake the tofu for about 35 mins or until it starts to bubble and slightly brown.  Add the green beans to the marinade bowl and mix to coat them with the juices and spices.  Remove the tofu tray from the oven and add the green beans and any remaining juice and spice mix to the tray.  Put the tray (tofu + beans) back into the oven and bake for a further 15-20 mins or until the beans are fork tender (they may look a little dry, that’s okay, they’ll taste amazing!).


For more delicious and easy recipes like this one, check out my book Eat Like You Love Yourself.

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