Meatless Monday A to Z (Capers!)

 

I cooked this meal on Thursday, but its ok because every single day for me is meatless (and I would be rather useless if I gave up after the letter B and had 24 weeks left of the recipe challenge).

I have never cooked with capers, the only thing I knew about them was that I liked them and that they are salty. After going to the grocery store and looking for capers for 35 minutes I learned they are in the international aisle and that they are expensive ($5.49 for a small bottle). Please let me know if I overpaid. i probably did, I always do.

I decided to make TOFU PICCATA (it was the only thing I knew how to make with capers, good job traveling outside your comfort zone Ashley).

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 1/2 block organic extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons capers (drained)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is the best)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoon Earth Balance (or butter substitute)
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plain cous cous
  • 1 cup water

Directions

Tofu:

  • Preheat oven to 300
  • Stand tofu block up and cut in half lengthwise (each side to be 1/2 inch thick). Continue by cutting each piece into triangles, you should have 8 total.
  • Press tofu between paper towels to dry (this helps the tofu stay firm when cooking)
  • Pour wheat flour on a plate and coat all sides of the tofu
  • In a frying pan (deep is suggested), heat 2-3 tablespoons of the sunflower oil and cook each side of the tofu for 3-4 minutes (or until golden brown).
  • Transfer to baking sheet (I always cover with tin foil to avoid a mess) and place in oven to keep warm.

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Sauce:

  • To the same pan, add the remaining sunflower oil, garlic, and capers and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and wine and cook for 3-4 minutes (let it reduce).
  • Add vegetable broth (let it simmer and reduce)
  • Stir in parsley, Earth Balance and pepper (all of these ingredients can be to taste!)

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The cous cous only takes about one minute to prepare so do this while the sauce is simmering!

Final product!

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The best thing that came from this recipe? I learned how to cook tofu in a way that I really enjoy (sliced thin and lightly pan-fried)! AUGUST GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!

Please visit Better With Veggies for the recipe link up for other delicious Caper recipes and check back (hopefully Monday) for the next featured ingredient!

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8 thoughts on “Meatless Monday A to Z (Capers!)

  1. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    This looks awesome! I’m so glad you found a way to cook tofu that you enjoy, I bet you’ll start to appreciate different ways now too (at least that’s how my tastes work). =)

    Reply
      1. Heather @ Better With Veggies

        Aw man, I missed this comment! I bought mine in the produce section of Whole Foods. Ginger (next week) should be easier for you to find, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

        Reply
  2. Stacy Lazar

    That actually looks great! Also capers ARE expensive. I once bought a GIANT bottle of them thinking I’d save money (like $20 for a lifetime supply)…and then I dropped the entire glass jar on my kitchen floor. #fail

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  3. HollieisFueledByLOLZ

    I found your blog since we were chatting a bit on twitter! I love your writing style! I’m not a big tofu fan (I noticed you were a vegetarian..) but this looks really good. I love capers and think they go the best with salmon.

    Reply
    1. Running Bun Post author

      Thanks!! I write whatever comes to my mind, which is normally the level of a 6th grader ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t ever eat tofu until a few months into the vegetarian thing (and definitely stay away from the faux meats, they skeeve me big time) but it helps add some substance to certain meals and I am happy I FINALLY found a yum way to cook it (I generally suck ass at cooking). Its been a learning curve for sure.

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