Has anyone else started to notice that the days are already getting shorter?? I don’t know if I’m alone in this or not, but I seriously have no idea how it’s already the middle of August! Just yesterday I went for a walk in the evening and noticed that the temperature was a tad cooler than normal, and I almost panicked thinking that before I know it, New England will be in the icy grips of winter. Ok, so maybe that’s a stretch, but I truly did panic a little bit on the inside when I realized that summer is winding down.
So, in honor of hanging on to summer for as long as I possibly can, I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes: Baked Tofu Sandwiches! I actually hesitate to call this a recipe because there isn’t much cooking involved, but that’s just another thing that makes it so great.
These sandwiches are incredibly delicious and surprisingly filling. And there’s quite a bit of room for you to make it your own. Our favorite way to eat these in our home is on ciabatta rolls that are lightly toasted, which I unfortunately didn’t have on hand today. In any case, here is the recipe for the most important ingredient– the tofu.
Extra firm tofu
Basil (dried or fresh)
Nutritional yeast flakes
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Drain/press your tofu until most of the moisture is gone and then slice it into somewhat thin rectangles.
2. Lay your rectangles out on a baking pan and lightly brush each piece with some olive oil.
3. Sprinkle the garlic salt, basil, and yeast flakes on each piece of tofu to your liking. Remember that tofu by itself is fairly bland, so while you don’t want to over salt these, you do want a healthy helping of the garlic salt. I will caution you though, that if you’re using dried basil, don’t be too generous with it or else the flavor will be a little overwhelming.
4. Bake tofu for about 20-25 minutes, then assemble sandwiches while the tofu is still hot!
As for toppings on the sandwiches, you can get creative, but here are the basics that we usually put on them:
Tomato (a must!)
Avocado (this is the difference between a mediocre and an incredible sandwich)
Feta cheese (optional, but really good with the avocado)
Red onion (optional)
So while you’re soaking up the last bits of summer, I hope you enjoy these wonderful, messy little morsels as much as we do!