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Healthy Recipe: Sesame Maple Roasted Tofu

Spring weather not only encourages us to exercise outdoors, but it also brings new foods to our plates. One of my favorites is fresh maple syrup (a friend from Vermont sends me a bottle every year). Pouring it on pancakes and French toast is always a favorite weekend treat in my house, but I also like to cook with it. This vegetarian dish is flavored with mother nature's sweetener, so it tastes savory yet sweet, and because it's made with tofu and quinoa, it's full of protein and fiber.

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Healthy Recipe: Sesame Maple Roasted Tofu

Healthy Recipe: Sesame Maple Roasted Tofu

Healthy Recipe: Sesame Maple Roasted Tofu


  1. 1 8-ounce block of tofu, cubed
  2. 1 red pepper, sliced
  3. 2 tsp canola oil
  4. 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  7. 1 cup quinoa
  8. 2 cups water
  9. 1 cup shredded carrots
  10. 1 tbsp tahini (or use ginger salad dressing)
  11. 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  12. 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  13. 1 tsp cider vinegar
  14. 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  15. 1 tsp fresh ginger
  16. 1 clove fresh garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss tofu, red peppers, canola oil, sesame oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a large baking sheet and roast until the tofu is lightly golden on top and the red peppers are browning in spots, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. While the tofu and peppers are roasting, make the quinoa. Put one cup of quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot. Cook on high, and once it starts boiling, lower the heat to simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Then stir in the carrots and cook for another five to 10 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy.

  4. Whisk tahini, soy sauce, maple syrup, and vinegar in a small dish until combined.
  5. Remove the tofu from the oven, drizzle with the maple sauce, and stir to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Return to the oven and continue roasting 8 to 12 minutes more.
  6. Add the fresh ginger and garlic to the quinoa and stir completely.
  7. Remove the tofu and peppers from the oven. Scoop out quinoa onto a plate and top with the maple sesame tofu and peppers. Enjoy!

Makes 3 servings.

Poppie Poppie 8 years
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
looks reallllllly good, Fit, thank you for the recipe!
Advah Advah 8 years
That looks delicious, thanks!! I'm obsessed with warm salads at the moment - Jamie Oliver has some great ones, and today I made this with a regular dressing and a poached egg, it was pretty good if I may say so. :P
saucymerlot saucymerlot 8 years
This looks amazing -- I don't have any quinoa in my house right now, so I'm going to try this with some brown rice...
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