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Leek, Tofu & Harissa Frittata

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Vegan Frittata with Leeks, Tofu and Harissa

A vegan friendly frittata style recipe using tofu, leeks and crunchy vegetables. Vibrant, delicious and topped with harissa this is a brilliant flavourful recipe to have as a breakfast or lunch. Stuck for lunch ideas? Why not try this plant based take on a frittata which can easily be adapted to fir with what’s in your fridge.

Made in partnership with the British Leek Grower’s Association

What’s in the recipe?

Tofu- To make the ‘frittata’ base I’ve used tofu, I opted for a firm tofu but a silken will also work it’ll just be slightly thinner in texture.

Leeks- Now this wouldn’t be a recipe for British Leeks without them, this time I’ve opted for dicing them into rings so that when they fry and grill under the heat they almost caramelise in the flavours.

Harissa- You can use store bought or home made harissa for this recipe, but it’s definitely needed. It gives spice, depth of flavour and works beautifully with the ingredients in the frittata filling.

Spices- To give the tofu flavour you will need to add spices and herbs such as garlic, mustard, pepper, smoked paprika and more. This gives depth of flavour to the recipe.

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Leek, Tofu & Harissa Frittata

A vegan friendly frittata style recipe using tofu, leeks and crunchy vegetables. Vibrant, delicious and topped with harissa this is a brilliant flavourful recipe to have as a breakfast or lunch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 courgette finely diced
  • 1 large leek green ends too diced
  • 1 small red onion finely diced
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced

Frittata:

  • 1 block of tofu 280-340g
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika garlic powder & turmeric
  • 160 ml oat milk

Serve with:

  • 1 tbsp harissa paste per serving
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • Fresh herbs such as dill or parsley

Instructions
 

  • Finely diced courgette leek, red onion, red pepper and garlic, add to a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil and fry for five minutes
  • Meanwhile add all of the frittata ingredients to a food processor and blitz until smooth, the texture wants to be runny but not
  • When the consistency is slightly runny, add to the pan with the vegetables and cook for around 8 minutes on a medium heat
  • Transfer into a preheated oven (180°c fan) and bake for a further 12-15 minutes or until the top is golden
  • Serve up with harissa, fresh herbs and enjoy!

Want more leek recipes? Why not try my Leek, Orzo & Dill Soup

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Dinner Recipe

15 Minute Sesame & Garlic Glazed Tofu

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Sesame & garlic glaze for delicious 15 minute meal

I’ll tell you how to get a sticky sesame and garlic glaze on your tofu. By using sesame oil and crushed garlic as a simple dressing , it adds so much flavour to tofu which can be marinated for 10 minutes.

Recipe Breakdown

Tofu – I used extra firm tofu for this recipe as it holds together slightly better when frying on a high heat.

Garlic Cloves- It’s an essential ingredient, I use around 3-4 cloves however you can alter this depending on how strong you like the taste.

Sesame Oil- Using sesame oil will give a really lovely depth of flavour to this which is slightly nutty.

Tamari- I use tamari for any kind of marinade as it has a wonderful umami flavour. You can easily swap this ingredient for soy sauce, tamari is a gluten free option but has a slightly different taste.

Sugar – This is an optional ingredient and not necessary but does offer a lovely sweetness to the dish to work with the garlic which also helps get a sticky glaze


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Tofu Tips:

Glaze- When trying to get a good glaze on the tofu, the light brown sugar will really help get a sticky coating.

Size- Cutting the tofu into smaller cubes will help get the surface area crispier quicker.

Heat- Using a high heat will help add lots of crispness to the marinade as it bubbles and caramelises.

Non Stick- Using a non stick pan is really key as it’ll help keep the glaze on the tofu and not stuck to the bottom of a pan. If you don’t have a non-stick pan try adding 1 tbsp sesame oil to the pan to help.

 


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Sesame and Garlic Glazed Tofu Recipe

15 Minutes from start to finish to create this delicious sesame and garlic tofu noodle bowl. Plant based and simply - perfect for a mid week meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

For the tofu

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar optional but helps with the glaze

Noodles

  • 120 g udon noodles sub for ramen or rice noodles
  • 1 pak choi
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 4 tenderstem
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions
 

For the tofu

  • Slice the tofu into 3cm cubes
  • Mince the garlic then whisk into all the other marinade ingredients in a bowl, add the tofu and leave to marinade for 5 minutes (or you can leave overnight if making it advance)
  • Fry off the tofu in a non-stick pan on a high and fry for around 5 minutes, tossing to get an even coat
  • Set the tofu aside and add the halved pak choi to the pan with a dash more tamari and fry until glazed
  • Meanwhile add the udon noodles to a pot of just boiled water and leave to simmer for around 3-4 minutes with the tenderstem
  • Drain then transfer into the pan with the tofu, toss in all of the flavours then serve with the chopped spring onions and sesame seeds

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If you like this recipe why not try my Gyoza Noodle Soup Recipe

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Dinner Recipe

Crispy Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowl

crispy peanut tofu noodle bowl recipe

Crispy Tofu Noodle Bowl Recipe

This easy crispy tofu noodle recipe has become a weekly favourite in our home because it’s minimal effort and takes 15 minutes to cook. The peanut sauce can be doubled up if you want to add sauce to the noodles but also works as a marinade. Gone are the days of soggy and crumbly tofu, these tips will help get your tofu crispy.


Useful Tips To Get Crispy Tofu

High heat- The best tip to share is to make sure you have a frying pan or a griddle pan on a high heat using a splash of sesame or peanut oil to help fry. If you have a non stick frying pan even better!

Drain the tofu- Drain the tofu from excess liquid and using a tea towel, muslin cloth or paper towel to soak up the liquid within the tofu. This will help when frying as otherwise it can sit in a puddle of water which adds cooking time.

Marinade the tofu – If you have a little time or you know you want to have this for tea, simply chop the tofu earlier in the day, whisk the sauce ingredients together and allow to marinade the tofu for 30 minutes  or even overnight. This really helps the tofu become infused with all of the peanut and chilli flavours from the sauce. If you don’t have time to marinade, don’t worry! Just make sure you have a good non stick pan to help when frying the tofu.

Apply some pressure – By covering the tofu with the grease proof paper or tin foil then adding another frying pan over the top and pressing will work. This adds pressure and traps the heat for the tofu frying. If you apply pressure for around 3 minutes then flip the tofu to fry on the other side.


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Ingredients Breakdown

Firm Pressed Tofu– using firm tofu will work slightly better with this dish as it will hold it’s shape better when frying.

Peanut Butter- Using a smooth, runny and oily peanut butter will really help this dish come together beautifully. If you want to sub out the coconut oil, just double up the peanut butter portion.

Coconut Milk- This helps create a thick creamy sauce to marinate the tofu, however please feel free to substitute this ingredient out if you’d prefer!

 


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Crispy Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowl

15 minute recipe using a peanut and coconut sauce to marinade the tofu with tips on how to get crispy tofu every time.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Marinade Time (not essential) 30 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 block of firm tofu I used cauldron organic firm tofu
  • 150 g dried rice noodles They usually come in dried nests of 1 person serving, so use 2 if so
  • ⁣2 stalks Cavolo Nero collared greens or kale will work

For the peanut dressing

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter smooth and oily texture
  • 100 ml full fat coconut cream
  • 1/2 lime squeezed for the juice
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ⁣3/4 spring onions to garnish
  • 1 tbsp chilli infused oil to drizzle over the noodles

Instructions
 

  • Drain the tofu then chop into 2cm cubes
  • For the peanut dressing, whisk all of those ingredients together then cover the tofu and set aside for around 20 minutes (don't worry if you don't have time to let it marinade, just coat and use a good non -stick pan to help it fry in all of those delicious flavours)
  • ⁣Place a frying pan on a high heat with the sesame oil and fry for around 5 minutes on each side
  • ⁣Chop the greens and add to the pan with the tofu to fry (you can place a lid on top to sauté if preferred)
  • Place the rice noodles in a bowl and cover in boiling water and set aside
  • ⁣Drain the water from the noodles then add to the pan with the tofu, then plate up!
  • ⁣Serve with chopped spring onions, a generous drizzle of chilli oil and a slice of fresh lime
Keyword 15 minute meal, crispy tofu, noodles, peanut recipes, tofu

If you like this recipe why not try my Chilli Peanut Ramen Recipe

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