Brunch on lazy Saturday afternoons often becomes the most relaxing and enjoyable part of the week. The thought crosses everyone's mind, "I wish I could live like this all the time!" But after a day of sugary, syrupy pancakes and cheesy, gooey eggs - we all are anxious to consume all of the leafy greens in sight. But what if we could indulge in both the pleasure of tasty brunch food while feeling great about our bodies? 

This recipe ventures into an area of healthy cooking that most people tend to avoid: the chamber of tofu! Some people avoid using tofu because it looks and feels funny - and it does, at first - but at least you don't have to pull the guts out of a chicken cavity or cut the fat off of a cut of cow :p  Most people, however, just don't have the first clue as where to start. For this reason, I have included many, many, many pictures. I now dare everyone who has never cooked with tofu before to try this recipe!

Enjoy this Benedict recipe for 2 people :)

Though I've broken this recipe down into three parts, here is a compiled list for easy viewing. 

Tofu Portion
1/3 block extra-firm tofu, sliced horizontally off the block (4 slices)
4 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs rice vinegar
extra virgin olive oil

Hollandaise Sauce
1/2 cup silken tofu
2 Tbs lemon juice (or half a lemon)
1 1/2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp tumeric (for color)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

Everything else
4 English Muffins
2 handfuls of spinach
4 slices of mock bacon or ham (I used Tempeh bacon by Tofurky brand)
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
Some fruit to go on the side

Step 1: Hearty Benedict


A note on doubling this recipe: To make this recipe for 3-4 people, double the tofu, the spinach, the muffins, and "bacon". In my experience, I was able to make this the next day and use the left over hollandaise sauce. 

Tofu (Think of this portion as the poached egg)

- About half a block of Extra firm tofu, cut into 4 slices. (See Picture) 
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil 

1. Drain and press the tofu. (See pictures)

2. Set on a plate and let soak in soy sauce/rice vinegar marinade for 15-20 minutes. 

Meanwhile, go onto the next step... 
Awesome! I love this!
Thanks! :)
This looks & sounds just delish! I do eat some meat, but am developing a real distaste for it--not sure why, but i figure there are some pretty good reasons to go veg. There's health, economy, and the fact that I'm beginning to dislike eating creatures with faces. For that matter, I'm trying to lose weight, and that's a lot easier on a veg diet. I salute you and your creative benedict!
You should definitely try it! I have no fear when cooking this meal for my meat eating friends that there will be left overs - they gobble it up! Tofu feels scary at first because we didn't grow up watching our parents cooking it, and some part of us thinks to ourselves, "if I never saw this growing up, it's probably because it's weird or hard to prepare or something". I think it's great because it is so versatile! It goes so well with so many things. And knowing that it's not loaded with saturated fat helps me to feel good about myself after a tasty, filling meal (instead of gorged :]) Good luck!
Actually, I love tofu in its many incarnations, &amp; my hub &amp; I have veg meals several times weekly (he had a heart attack a couple years ago &amp; we have really changed our eating habits bigtime). I know just what you mean about not feeling gorged. Honestly, we are transitioning to a veg lifestyle--it's mostly a matter of using up what's in the freezer, because neither my hub nor I can abide waste. But once it's gone, we will be veg-eaters full time. Our daughters are both vegetarian, &amp; our granddaughters are being raised the same way. They are beautiful, vibrant &amp; healthy ((both daughters &amp; &quot;grannies&quot;--how's that for a testimonial for the vegetarian lifestyle.<br>
Love love love this recipe!
Tofu looks and feels funny? Not to me,it's the taste that sucks @$$
It doesn't taste like anything until you add flavors to it....
Your tastebuds are dead. It has an after taste that lasts for days.You add stuff to it to kill the taste.And I like fresh soybeans ...soymilk the good stuff has added flavor...soy sauce is pungent but good if the flavors are balanced.Tofu = yuck

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