How do you make flavorful and tender tofu with balsamic vinegar?

Above: Flavored tofu. Tofu is glazed and marinated in Modena PGI Cajun Coconut Balsamic Vinegar. The tofu is tender and bursting with flavor. Only a small amount of our thick balsamic vinegars is required to make the pieces soft and flavorful.

Bland Crunchy Tofu

The problem.

Tofu is delicious when made right. It is an ideal meat substitute as it is bland and protein rich. This blandness however can also be a problem. Not only in and of itself, but because vegans/vegetarians eat a lot of it! There are only a few viably healthy meat alternatives and tofu is one of them. When you eat the same bland oatmeal every day, it can get boring and tedious. The same thing can be said for tofu. As popular as the vegan/vegetarian diet has become, there are still limited options when it comes to making sure you are getting the right amount of protein and amino acids to supplant the meat. We are in desperate need of a simple way to add immense flavor to our staple food.

Flavorful Tender Tofu

The answer.

The answer? Flavored tofu with so many flavor possibilities that you will never get bored of eating healthy. To actually make it healthier by adding flavor to it. To make it tender and delicious and made with all natural balsamic vinegars. At The Golden Leaf we have designed many of our flavors with this goal in mind; not only nutrition but flavorful variety as well.

Our Goji Berry Balsamic Vinegar is a great addition to any vegetarian’s kitchen, as it contains eight essential amino acids usually contained in meats. These amino acids are coined essential as that is precisely what they are. We must have amino acids in our diet for normal health, not optimal health, just normal health. Jackfruit is another fruit that has gained popularity with the advent of Vegan based diets in America. Jackfruit is popular as a meat substitute not only because of the texture, but the protein content as well. While it does contain protein, it is slightly less than half of that than meat… we recommend you pair it with an additional source of protein…….you guessed it………like tofu.

Below we outline a delicious recipe for how to make an excellent balsamic vinegar tofu, as well as make some suggestions for vinegars that you might like to try with it.

How do you make flavored and tender tofu with balsamic vinegar?

Simple, with these easy steps:

  1. Press the tofu to get all of the excess water out.
  2. Slice the tofu lengthwise into two slabs. Cut the slabs into strips and then cut the strips into cubes.
  3. Select the flavor of balsamic vinegar glaze you wish to use.
  4. Add the tofu to a large freezer bag and add your balsamic glaze.
  5. Squeeze the excess air out of the bag and make sure each cube is coated.
  6. Refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor. If pressed for time, 30 minutes will work in a pinch.
  7. After desired length of time, strain the tofu out of the freezer bag and reserve the Golden Leaf glaze.
  8. Select the flavor of Extra Virgin Olive Oil you wish to use.
  9. Heat up a large non stick skillet on medium high heat, with your selected olive oil.
  10. Add the tofu and distribute evenly in the pan.
  11. Cook for 3-5 minutes. DO NOT TOUCH while cooking so that a crust forms.
  12. Remove from heat and add your reserved Golden Leaf glaze.
  13. Serve and enjoy!
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