Vegan Cajun Tofu with Creamy Grits and Greens




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I used what some would call an excessive amount of garlic for the greens, but I am garlic obsessed! I used about 6 cloves, but you can dial it back a bit if you want. However, I recommend going full garlic. For sure! The beauty of all this flavor working together so harmoniously is amazing. One bite with grits, tofu and greens all together is pure bliss. Get a huge mouth full of everything, you will be super happy, I promise!
Super spicy Cajun crispy tofu served with creamy grits and super garlicky greens.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Cajun tofu
  • 1 Block extra firm tofu
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning(store bought, or homemade-recipe below), depending on how spicy you want it.
  • Creamy grits
  • 1 C. Grits, old fashioned
  • 4 C. Water
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegan butter, I used Earth Balance
  • Garlicky Greens
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 3 C. Greens, I used Kale and Dandelion greens
  • 4-6 Cloves of Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Press your tofu a bit to get some of the water out. Cut into small cubes.
  3. Toss in a bowl with the Cajun seasoning(make sure you are just using 1 1/2 Tbsp. of the Cajun seasoning). Place in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes until nice and crispy, flipping half way through.
  4. While the tofu is baking, start the grits, bring the water to a boil, add the grits, reduce to a simmer and cook covered for about 20 minutes.
  5. Once you have the tofu and grits going, you can saute the greens. Heat a saute pan with the olive oil, add the garlic and greens. Cook on medium high until the greens are wilted and cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat.
  6. Once the grits are done, add salt and vegan butter and stir.
  7. When everything is ready, the tofu, grits and greens, serve immediately all together with extra hot sauce if you want!
Notes
I have had some notes about it being too salty, however I think people may be using the entire Cajun seasoning recipe. The recipe says just to use 1-1 1/2 Tbsp of seasoning. I put the recipe below in case you can't find cajun seasoning or you just want to make your own.
By Lauren Hartmann

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