Tuesday, June 22, 2010

recipe: savory tofu with vegetables and couscous

This dish may not be much to look at (tofu isn't exactly the most photogenic ingredient out there) but believe me when I say that it's one of the most yummy recipes in my arsenal, and one of the few recipes I follow exactly, every time. I discovered this fast and flavorful dish in an issue of Vegetarian Times a few years ago, and we've been eating a few times a month ever since, not counting one stretch of a few weeks when Nathan got sick of it and begged me not to make it for a while. That did not last long, and it's back in rotation in a big way. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Savory Tofu with Vegetables and Couscous (Vegetarian Times) 

You Will Need: 
1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 (14 ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium carrots, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium leeks, white and light green parts thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup whole wheat couscous
2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
salt, to taste


  1. Combine artichokes and liquid, tofu, cumin, and 3/4 teaspoons pepper in nonsick skillet. Cook over high heat 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates, stirring constantly. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, leeks, and 1/4 teaspoons pepper. Cook 10 minutes or until carrots are tender and leeks are lightly browned. 
  3. Meanwhile, bring tomatoes and liquid and 2/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand five minutes, then fluff with fork. 
  4. Add garlic and reserved tofu mixture to vegeable mixture in skillet. Cook 3 minutes over medium heat, or until heated through and garlic is fragrant. Serve tofu and vegetables over tomato couscous.


  1. Leeks are a recent favorite of mine, They are good in so many dishes!

  2. OH YUM! Yeah, tofu isn't the prettiest thing to look at but it is always the tastiest thing to eat. This looks delicious, can't wait to give it a try.

  3. That sounds really tasty - I always eat really delicious tofu dishes when I'm out, but I never really know what to do with it at home. I'm going to try this!

  4. A tip for tofu: freeze and then thaw the block of tofu before using it. It makes the texture more chewy and absorbs flavors better. I have no idea why, but it works!