A vegan way to start the day

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What do you mainly use tofu for? Stir-fries, curries, casseroles I presume? Me too. Had you ever considered using tofu to replace eggs in a cooked breakfast? I know I hadn’t until last weekend!

When I’ve seen vegan breakfast options on menus, it’s usually the standard breakfast components such as beans, mushrooms, veggie sausages and some form of fried potato. Cafes appear to struggle to offer any replacement for the egg aspect of the breakfast which is why I was very intrigued to stumble upon this recipe on The Vegetarian Society website.

The tofu scramble was served with mushroom and tomato pitta boats and made enough for two large portions. I deviated slightly from the recipe and varied/omitted certain ingredients based on what I had available in my kitchen.

INGREDIENTS (mushroom & tomato boats)
•1 1/2 tbs olive oil
•325g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
•1 tsp ground cumin
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•2 crushed garlic cloves
•16 cherry tomatoes
•1 tsp mild paprika
•2 tsp dill
•2 wholemeal pitta breads

INGREDIENTS (tofu scramble)
•285g firm tofu, thoroughly drained and crumbled
•2 tbs olive oil
•1/2 onion, finely chopped
•1 small red pepper, finely chopped
•1/2 tsp tumeric
•black pepper and a dash of soy sauce to flavour

METHOD
1) For the mushroom & tomato boats: Heat the butter or oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the mushrooms and the spices and stir together. Cover and cook on a low heat for 6-7 minutes shaking the pan occasionally.

2) Add the garlic, tomatoes and paprika and cook uncovered for a further 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to split.

3) Combine the olive oil and dill in a small bowl. Grill the pitta slices, split open and brush the inside with the oil mixture and grill until slightly crispy.

4) Gently heat the oil then saute the onion and red pepper for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the crumbled tofu and turmeric, stirring well until heated through.

5) Place the tomato and mushroom mix on top of the pitta and alongside the tofu scramble.

Enjoy with a cup of green tea!

To say that this vegan breakfast surpassed my expectations would be an understatement. The egg wasn’t missed at all and my meat-eating boyfriend polished off every last crumb. I thought he might feel the need to grill up a load of sausages afterwards but the tofu seemed to more than satisfy him!

The Veg Soc website has a wide array of innovative vegetarian and vegan recipes so I definitely recommend a browse. Even those omnivores out there may feel inspired to broaden their horizons! https://www.vegsoc.org/

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