I’ve been mostly vegetarian (flexitarian, if you will) for the better part of two years.
It’s been quite a journey of trying new foods, mixing up meat-based meals with meat-free alternatives and asking poor waiters and waitresses a billion questions about my food before it even makes it to the table (Where does the meat come from? Is this grass-fed? Grain-finished? Cage-free?). You get the idea.
So I try to avoid meat as much as possible, but I’m still a meat eater at heart. I still crave a burger, like, every week. I can’t eat salads all day long or I’d lose my meat-loving marbles. But I’m not about to give up what I believe in either – enter these yummy cilantro-lime tofu sandwiches.
It’s been a slow-growing relationship with my now-beloved tofu. I’ve learned over time how to prepare it and when to eat it, or when to just leave it out. Tofu, sadly, is not the same thing as a burger. But it can be just as tasty.
One of my favorite ways to eat tofu is marinated and put on a sandwich. This cilantro and lime marinade is made with garlic and a dash of chili powder for a kick, so when you let the tofu sit in it for an hour or two, the flavors imparted are savory and tangy and a little bit spicy. It’s amazing. The tofu no longer tastes like it looks — a colorless, coagulated mass of soy. It actually tastes like a food.
If you’re leery of tofu but are willing to try it out, I suggest starting with this recipe. It’s basically foolproof and can be made in an hour (and most of that hour is hands-free). And if you can’t get yourself on the tofu train, that’s fine. This marinade is also amazing on grilled chicken.
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