Tofu, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches. I know you might want your bacon, but hear me out.. this tofu is packed with flavor and without the high fat content of bacon. This sandwich makes a great lunch paired with some fresh fruit on the side.
What do you need?
- 1 package of firm tofu
- low sodium soy sauce
- agave nectar ( or maple syrup)
- garlic salt
- 1 large tomato
- whatever greens you choose ( I chose field greens, but romaine would also be delicious)
- bread ( I love whole wheat, or multi-grain)
- vegan mayo ( I used Hampton creek’s just mayo)
First step is the press the tofu. The purpose of pressing the tofu is to get most of the moisture out so it can absorb the seasonings better. You’ll want to start off by lining a cutting board with some paper towels. Next, slice your tofu into thin strips and place it on the paper towel lined cutting board. Add more paper towels on top of the strips and place a heavy book on top. If you don’t have a book use another cutting board and put canned veggies on top to weigh it down. You can press the tofu for as long as you want, but I would say press it for at least 15 minutes. I usually change out the paper towels a few times because they soak up that much moisture.
Now it’s time to season those flavor sponges! I put all of the pieces in a container and seasoned them with garlic salt, paprika, low sodium soy sauce, and agave nectar. You know by now that I don’t measure my seasonings, but I will tell you don’t over do it with the garlic salt since we are using soy sauce as well. The paprika and soy sauce give the tofu a nice smoky, salty taste while the agave gives it a little sweetness. It almost tastes like candied bacon. Make sure every piece is nice and coated.
Now it’s time to fry them up! If you want, you can let the tofu marinate for a while. The flavor only gets better with time, but it’s not necessary. You’ll want to get out a large frying pan and put a drizzle of olive oil in. Heat the pan on medium to low heat before you add the tofu so you get that nice sssss sound as you place the tofu into the pan. Once the bottom side gets a little brown, flip them. Don’t worry if they burn a little bit. It will still be delicious. After each side is cooked to your liking, place the strips on a paper towel.
While the tofu is frying, cut up your tomato and sprinkle it with some garlic salt. I personally like to toast my bread for sandwiches, but you certainly don’t have to. After the tofu is done, it’s time to layer. I spread “just mayo” on both slices of bread and then sprinkle with pepper. It adds a nice little spice. Now just pile on the tomatoes, lettuce of choice, and tofu bacon, and dig in!!
There you have it! A delicious TLT sandwich.
Happy cooking and happier eating,
Wally and Winnie are wondering where their sandwich is.. hehe don’t worry, I clean my counters.