healthy living / cornmeal crusted tofu with mashed yams

May 8, 2014

Hello! As I mentioned in Tuesday's "Everyday Style" post, I'm excited to start adding new features to the blog. Aside from fashion, I'm also a passionate foodie and love living a healthy and wholesome life. I steer clear of sugar, gluten, dairy (although I will eat plain Greek yogurt), and choose vegetarian food as much as possible. However, in the past year I have started to eat fish here & there. Mostly wild salmon and sardines as both are incredibly nutritious. For ease of surfing, I've also added a visual archives page. Be sure to check it out... can't wait to watch it fill up with delicious recipes! Ok, here's what I made for lunch. Mmmm! I'm a huge yam fan, and the cornmeal was a nice switch up from my usual tofu preparation. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below or tweet me.

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You'll need: 

3 large sweet potatoes
1 14-ounce package firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/4" thick slices
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. granulated sugar (I omitted)
3 Tbsp. canola oil (sub sunflower oil for healthier option)
3 Tbsp. butter
2-3 cloves of garlic

Peel yams (I cut mine into 3 inch squares), then steam on stove-top for 20 minutes or until soft.

Place tofu on a paper towel lined plate and cover with a few more sheets. Press down. Then cover with a heavy plate for 15 minutes. In a shallow bowl, mix your cornmeal, oregano, 1/4 tsp. salt, black pepper and granulated sugar. Coat tofu on both sides. Meanwhile heat your oil in a large skillet over high heat. Pan-fry tofu until golden brown or two minutes a side.

Now mash your yams with butter, 1/4 tsp salt, garlic and serve with tofu. Yum!

I found this recipe via Although I altered mine slightly. Find the original recipe here: Cornmeal Crusted Tofu with Mashed Sweet Potato 

16 sweet notes:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I already know what to cook for dinner :)

  2. yay! glad to see a new segment on the blog. this looks so delicious
    ladies in navy

  3. Oh V, how can I concentrate on the food when I see that it's been laid on a Paris print plate?! You are a girl after my own heart :) Can't wait to see those beauties on Saturday. And your beautiful face, too, of course!

  4. ohh i've always wanted to prepare tofu, this looks really good! thanks for sharing, can't wait to see more of your recipes :)
    xo, cheyenne

  5. YUM–this sounds delicious! John and I eat very much the same way, though I can't say goodbye to cheese or bread...

  6. I'm going to be honest about something...I've never tried tofu! But your recipe makes me want to try :) I also love the visual archives page- those are always so helpful to find recipes, as I'm such a visual person. I love that you've added this new segment to your blog!

    1. Jenni... hard to believe that you haven't tried tofu? ;) If you do end up trying it... I'd recommend choosing a brand that is GMO free and organic. Regular tofu is loaded with some pretty nasty pesticides! xo

  7. yum! i'm always looking for new healthy recipes. i can't wait to see your recipes including fish :)
    xo jac

  8. I eat a whole yam (mashed with Earth Balance spread and a touch of salt) for dinner at least once a week, dear Veronika!! It's sooo good!! And your tofu recipe sounds really yummy, too...although corn is unfortunately on my list of "can't haves." I used to cut up firm tofu into 1/4 inch slices, coat with olive oil, sesame seeds and whatever seasoning I was feeling, and bake in the oven until golden and just a little crispy on the outside!! Delicious...and high time I make it again!! ;)

  9. this looks awesome, and quite baby friendly. i'll have to make it for our lunch one day! xo

    p.s. the font is Anna Clara :)

  10. This looks so so good!! I love tofu so much!

  11. Jenn Agostinho-AlceeMay 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks simple and delicious..can't wait to try it out:)

  12. Aw, thanks lovey!! I'll be doing my favourite energizing smoothie next!! <3

  13. well first of all, you look about 18!!! omgsh V, so fresh and cute. love the new directions you've taken with your blog design too, talk more about it later today, when i see you!!! so excited.

    stellar grand opener for this series --- this dish looks uber delish :)

  14. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to prepare tofu.

  15. This looks so yummy :) I think I'm going to try making this with my boyfriend sometime, he's more of a chicken kind of guy, but I think I could convince him to go with it, haha. Lovely blog xo


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