What’s for dinner tonight? I got you covered with this super easy Chinese style sesame tofu recipe. All the flavour without all the junk! Despite being a 40-minute recipe, the prep is minimal and most of the cooking is in the oven so you are not standing in the kitchen making an elaborate meal! The sauce cooks up in less than 20 minutes. Simple is key with plant-based family meals!Jump to Recipe
Simple ingredients can make a killer recipe
I seriously question what to make for dinner like every day at 4pm! Staying creative in the kitchen is actually a hard feat, and I am slowly learning over time that dinner doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy every night.
Sticking to simple recipes with uncomplicated ingredients, like this easy sesame tofu recipe, means we cook more often and eat out less! Especially when recipes can be a healthy recreation of a favourite restaurant dish without all the crap! I am usually surprised by how easy many of the dishes out there are to recreate into a healthier version.
I worked in a restaurant for many many years so I am well aware at the amount of oil and sugar that goes into a ‘harmless’ looking pasta dish. Or the amount of butter that bread needs to soak up to make crouton (oh for a killer easy vegan Caesar salad with chickpea croutons check out this post).
A simple formula for a well balanced recipe
When making dinner or lunch I usually follow a ‘formula’ to help me decide what to make and ensure it is a well-balanced meal. This simple formula is actually very similar to the new Canadian Food Guide! It is based on the concept of eating and creating a well-balanced plate with ALL the food groups. You can read a bit more about why I don’t follow fad diets that eliminate food groups here.
The idea I use to create a balanced diet is simple to follow and always results in a complete well-balanced meal with whole food ingredients. I find this important for any diet but particularly when eating plant-based. It is way to easy to be tempted to eliminate food groups or forget about them entirely.
The key to a well-balanced diet:
This is important for so many reasons and especially for growing children. If you want some resources or to read a bit more about why I don’t eliminate food groups (even when trying to lose weight) you can check out this post here.
- A veggie: I usually will make some steamed broccoli, or green beans, or if I have lots of veggies I need to use up I will make a big stir fry.
- A grain: We usually opt for rice or quinoa, as we are still gluten-free. Both super easy to make in our instant pot, literally set it and forget it.
- A protein: So many amazing plant-based protein sources here. Beans, tofu, quinoa, legumes. You can make any of these into a pasta sauce, baked into falaffels or crispy tofu, stews, curries..
To inspire you to make your own well-balanced meal here are some more options that you can make at home! All these recipes are family-friendly, gluten and dairy-free and kid-approved! Because there is nothing worse than cooking up a meal just to hear how yucky it is!!
- Finger licking good sticky tofu
- Easy family lentil stew
- Spiced lentil bowls
- Smoother your tofu in peanuts
- Family lentil bolognese pasta
- Vegan veggie loaded alfredo with crispy chickpeas
Oh and if you make this recipe I would love your thought in the comments! Or can find me on instagram and let me know @at.my.table!
Saucey Chinese Style Sesame Tofu RecipeCourse: Lunch\ DinnerCuisine: vegan, gluten-free, plant based, vegetarianDifficulty: Easy
A clean and healthy version of Chinese sesame tofu. An easy family dinner idea that is gluten-free and vegan. Made with minimal ingredients this recipe comes together quickly. Despite having a 40 minute cook time most of that is the tofu baking in the oven. The sauce cooks in about 15 minutes and can be made while the tofu bakes. Use this sauce with chickpeas or your favourite protein source for an easy recipe change!
1 blocks firm tofu, cubed
2 tbs tapioca or arrowroot flour
1 tsp garlic powder
dash of salt
- Sesame Sauce
2 clove garlic, minced
1 tbs toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup veggie broth
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs lime juice
1 tbs tapioca or arrowroot flour and 2 tbs water
2 tbs toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, into a bowl add in the cubed tofu, salt, garlic powder and tapioca flour. Toss to mix or gently mix with a spoon. Place onto a baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- When the tofu is finished, to a medium pan, add in the sauce ingredients (except the tapioca flour and sesame seeds) Cook for about 5ish minutes or until it starts to boil. Then add in the tofu.
- Into a small bowl, mix the tapioca and water and slowly add it to the pan to thicken the sauce. Mix and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5-10 minutes. Then remove from heat, stir in the sesame seeds and serve over rice, salad or just eat it as is!