Meatless Monday: Pan Seared Tofu with Apples & Champagne Vinaigrette

pan seared tofuThis dish was super light but the flavors of fall were in full effect! With crisp apples & pomegranetes at their peak I had to create this recipe when I found it!

To throw this together…

  1. In a small jar whisk together 3T champagne vinegar, 2T EVOO, 1 minced shallot, 4 sprigs of fresh thyme & 1/2t salt – adjust seasoning if needed & set aside  (I love champagne vinegar so I used less EVOO than called for)
  2. Press 1 block of tofu (click here for instructions) – let sit for 15minutes then slice into cubes
  3. Place a large skillet over high heat & add 2T oil (I used avocado oil)
  4. Once heated place tofu cubes in pan & sear on either side til golden brown – place on paper towels once golden & set aside
  5. Slice up 2 crisp red apples & seed 1 pomegranate (seeding instructions here)  – add to bowl & toss with vinaigrette

I added my tofu at the end because I didn’t want it to crumble – but do as you please! Hope you enjoy this tasty fall dish 😉

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 2): 375 calories – 18 grams of fat – 41 carbs – 20 grams of protein 

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how to peel a pomegranate…

I love me some pomegranate seeds & my hubs, well he just eats spoonfuls! They are tart, sweet and bursting with flavor. Major antioxidants & loaded with vitamin C – this super fruit should be a part of anyones diet!

One major issue with these babies is the hurdle of actually getting the seeds out…well fret no longer – it is ridiculously easy & a so much cheaper then buying containers full of pre-seeded pomegranates! My grocery store was selling a small container for $10 & one pomegranate for $2, best part is they sell these two right next to each other! Well HA…I will no longer be falling into their trap!

  1. fill a large bowl with cold water (few inches shy from the rim) 
  2. cut pomegranate in half
  3. submerge a half of the pomegranate under the water & peel back the sides & white membrane – seeds will sink to the bottom (continue with other half)
  4. remove excess membrane or skin from bowl & strain

Enjoy these tasty nuggets plain, on a bed of greens with balsamic dressing or my all time fave – fage 0% with honey & wheat germ – perfect breakfast, snack or dessert!

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Store the seeds in an airtight container & enjoy for up to 3 days!

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