Mexindian Summer Salad

While I love to cook, the summer heat causes me to avoid using the the stove and oven as much as possible. Instead, I opt for fresh produce that I can chop and mix without applying heat. This isn't too difficult when you cook with mostly beans and vegetables.

This one has a really nice sauce that has two of my favorite spices: paprika and turmeric. I love this combination. It's a really accessible way to quickly introduce heaps of flavor and depth. Especially if you're not that comfortable with combining a lot of spices. This simplifies it, but still keeps it interesting. 

It's easy to put together too. Just combine all ingredients and let rest in the fridge overnight. This allows time for the tomatoes to release their juices, the acid to wake up the spices and the starches from the beans to thicken the sauce. 

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Seared Tofu Sandwich

As mentioned in my previous post, I've been working with tofu on my own for the first time. I used half a package for my sauteed pasta salad. The other half I reserved in a storage container in the fridge.

A few days later I marinated it for about an hour in 4 packets of soy sauce, some garlic powder and black pepper.

I then got a small fry pan pretty hot and seared it off in batches that fit into the pan.

As each batch was done I used a garlic press to extrude fresh garlic on the hot tofu. I did this with each hot batch. I then covered the container. Let it cool for a while and put my seared tofu back into the fridge to relax overnight.

The next day I assembled my seared tofu and garlic sandwich.

On a tasty kaiser roll I laid one slice of vegetarian cheese, then a generous portion of my seared tofu, some of the garlic that was in with the touf and then some pickle slices.

It kinda looks like a grilled chicken sandwich. Kinda tastes like one too, but more tender. It was good, but really could've used a condiment of some sort now that I think of it.

I'm not a fan of mustard as a straight on condiment (love it as an ingredient), but I can see where it would go very nicely on this sandwich. As would some italian dressing, or even just some good old oil and vinegar.

Whatever dressings you prefer on your sandwich, it doesn't matter. Seared tofu is really tasty hot or cold. And super easy to make. And if you really want to kick it up a notch and don't mind the clean up, sear your tofu in some hot olive oil instead of a dry pan. Everything tastes better with olive oil.