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I’m excited about this tasty and easy new recipe, which I created after an impulse buy of panko breadcrumbs at Trader Joe’s the other day.

This is a unique way to prepare vegetables and tofu for a vegetarian/vegan main dish, served with a salad and some steamed rice or soba noodles in a simple broth.

They would work just as well as a side dish, or even as a snack or appetizer. (these would probably be great finger food for a gathering–from a fancy adult get-together to a kids party)

Baked “tempura”

Ingredients

vegetables, cut into bite-sized pieces ( I used broccoli and califlower, but anything you have on hand would work—carrots, green beans, eggplant…I can’t wait to try this with pumpkin!)

tofu, cut into squares ( I used medium-firm tofu which had been frozen and de-thawed for an interesting texture, but use anything you like! tempeh would also be delicious)

panko bread crumbs

egg white (or vegan egg substitute, such as ground flax seeds soaked in warm water for 5 minutes)

salt

any seasonings you prefer, such as curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, parmesean cheese…

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Lightly steam vegetables, using any method you prefer

separate egg from the white, and gently beat in a small dish with about a tablespoon of water

season breadcrumbs with salt and desired seasonings

lightly oil a cookie sheet

dip each piece of vegetable or tofu in the egg white, then in the breadcrumbs, being sure to coat all sides of the food well

Bake everything until crispy and hot and lightly golden brown

Serve on their own, with a squeeze of lemon, or your favorite sauce.

Here are a couple suggestions:

Soy Ginger Sauce

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons shredded ginger

1 tablespoon finely sliced scallions

hot sauce of your choosing to taste (My favorite is the hot chile and fermented black bean sauce pictured below that my father brings back from China…I bet this can be found in asian grocery stores or China town)

Stroebe Family Wonton Sauce

this is the sauce Michelle and I grew up eating homemade won tons with. It sounds weird but it is good, and I promise your kids will eat a bowl full of veggies and tofu when served with this sauce!

1/4 cup organic ketchup

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon shredded ginger

hot sauce of your choosing to taste (optional)

baked tempura, vegetarian main dish, vegan main dish, homemade tempura, vegetable tempura, tofu tempura, michelle stroebe

baked tempura, vegetarian main dish, vegan main dish, homemade tempura, vegetable tempura, tofu tempura, michelle stroebe

baked tempura, vegetarian main dish, vegan main dish, homemade tempura, vegetable tempura, tofu tempura, michelle stroebe

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