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How To Cook For Forty Humans: Baked Tofu Wraps

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We made baked tofu wraps a few weeks ago using a gigantic 4-pound brick of tofu. Start by pressing your tofu for half an hour to get the extra water out, I put the tofu between two plates and then put a big wooden cutting board with a 12-pack of beer on top. While you wait, chomp on cucumber slices seasoned with sesame seeds, balsamic vinegar and salt.

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Marinate the tofu slices or cubes in a mixture of soy sauce and white wine. Add a few minced or pressed cloves of garlic and grated ginger into the sauce, and whatever other spices sound good–we put in sesame oil and a little red chili powder. Let the tofu sit for a little bit, then put them on a baking sheet or tray in the oven at 350F. We were really, really hungry so we took them out after only 30 minutes when they were heated through and some of the marinade in the pan was starting to evaporate.

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You could put whatever vegetables you like in the wrap, we used cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and avocado. Serve your wraps with chilled High Life and stir-fried green beans.

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Written by Jessica

November 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Posted in dinner, easy, lunch, sandwich

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Baklava

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Just like honey.

Just like honey.

You need phyllo dough, chopped nuts, white sugar, lemon, honey, and Smart Balance Light.

Boil a cup of water and a cup of sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved to form a syrup, add 1/2 cup of honey and plenty of lemon zest.  Take it off the heat once the honey is all dissolved.

In another small pot, melt a cup of Smart Balance Light (1/2 a tub). It’ll be surprisingly yellow!

Mix your chopped nuts in a bowl with a teaspoon of cinnamon. We used pre-chopped walnuts, but they could have stood to have been chopped up more. Pistachios or almonds would probably also be really good.

At this point you can preheat the oven to 350, or wait a little longer, because assembling the baklava takes a while.

Cut your phyllo to 9×13 pieces or to fit whatever size pan you have.  Lay the first sheet of phyllo in a pan and use a pastry brush to slather melted Smart Balance on (pic 1). Layer 6 or 7 more sheets on top of it. Sprinkle some nuts on (2). Layer and butter a couple more phyllo sheets, then add more nuts. Repeat until you run out. Make sure to butter the top layer as well.

Cut the baklava into cute triangles (3) and bake for 50 minutes in the oven. Remove and pour the syrup all over it (4).

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This tastes really great right out of the oven or even the next day. To make it for vegans who don’t eat honey, I bet pure maple syrup would be a good substitute for the honey.

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Written by Jessica

September 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Posted in baking, dessert

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