Oil Free Tofu Scramble


I had to try an oil free version of my scrambled tofu. I have made this in infinite combinations depending on what I have in the house. The first time I made this oil free, I had to throw it away. The issue is that it needs a lot of extra flavor. I used two huge cloves of garlic today and it did the trick. Also, I have worked out a method that keeps the tofu very moist, an extra bit of water when the spinach goes into the pan. So far, so good on this oil free thing! Oh, and it’s salt free too!

1 box extra firm tofu
1 onion
2 big cloves of garlic
1/2 cup water, divided
A few big handfuls of fresh baby spinach

Press the tofu.

Silce the onions into semi circles. Add 1/4 cup water to a pan with sides and add the onions. Use a microplane and mince the garlic right over the onions. Cook for a few minutes on medium until softening.

Season the onions and garlic with lots of turmeric, dill and paprika. Add as much or as little as you like. Crumble the tofu and add to the pan. Add a few handfuls of baby spinach and another 1/4 cup water. Cover for a minute. Uncover and use tongs to toss the spinach around to wilt it.



Vegan MoFo 2013


It is that time of year again and the whole vegan world is blogging up a storm.

Vegan MoFo 2013!

I will be posting as much as I can this month, which is really no different than any other month. But for the month of September, I will be posting my experiments with cooking without oil, less refined sugar, and little to no salt. Why?

I am a student of Dr. T. Colin Campbell. He and others like Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish and Dr. McDougall (click here to read my post about my favorite doctors) promote what they call a whole foods, plant based diet (WFPB.) Unless you follow this closely, you might not know that there is a difference between the vegans and the plant based people. Recently, I was quoted in an article recently discussing the two sides.

Vegans are ethical vegetarians. The choice to live a vegan lifestyle extends beyond diet. We consciously avoid animal products as much as possible in our clothing (e.g., wool, duck down, leather, silk), leather and suede shoes, cosmetics, etc. There is no way to be 100% vegan because, for example, there are animal products in tires but we do the best we can.

The WFPB group do not identify as vegan per se but they only eat plant based foods which is the same thing as vegans but theirs is a choice based on health. The main difference being that they refrain from adding oils, refined sugar and salt (or just a little) to their cooking.

The WFPB diet has shown great results for sick people, people with diabetes, people who are overweight, people with heart disease, people who eat overly processed foods. We are none of those people, but, I am curious. Will I feel even better than I already do? Will we have even more energy than I already do? Will the food taste just as good or better?

So during this MoFo, I am going to be WFPB! Let the experiment begin!