You’re probably wondering what National Tofu Month is all about, don’t worry wee have you covered!
National Tofu Month is when the UK takes time out to celebrate everything tofu!
As one of the globe’s most versatile foods, tofu is not only rich in protein but provides a plethora of other health benefits. Feeling inspired… someone, somewhere felt it was time wee gave a UK nod to this Asian food and now here we are sharing with you a quick and easy gluten free tofu inspired recipe with cannabis (CBD) infused rice.
Our Tofu Journey + Experiment…
Began one morning (at the start of this year) when Calum woke up, turned to me and said… ‘I don’t think I can eat meat and fish anymore Bex!’ My first reaction was ‘aah crap!’ but I had a feeling it was coming and tbh it was a bit of a relief because I was starting to struggle with it too!
So off wee began that day on our new culinary adventure into the world of eating predominately vegetarian, coupled with my list of dietary requirements.
Wee soon discovered that there wasn’t much out there even for those just following a gluten free diet, and a lot of the substitutes were filled with what I call ‘nasties’. Personally, I prefer my food as untouched, and as untinkered by man as much as possible, and that’s when organic tofu entered into our lives along with paneer and nuts (oooooh I do love juicy soaked cashew nuts as a meat substitute, I do haha!).
After trying a number of brands, our favourite organic tofu atm is the extra firm one by The Tofu Co, and one of our favourite recipes we love to whip up is- Satay Tofu + Cashew Nut Stir Fry with Cannabis (see recipe below). Our Wee Hemp twist is through the addition of nutrient dense shelled hemp seeds sprinkled over at the end and a healthy dose (per person) of our broad spectrum (CBD) drops into our seasoned rice - NOM!
Did you know proteins in meat and fish can take as long as two days to fully digest, whilst fruits and vegetables may move through your system in less than a day due to the higher fibre content?
Interestingly since lowering our meat consumption considerably, we both feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually!
I feel less inflammation in my system, I don’t feel so sluggish after eating, my flexibility (especially in my knees) is coming back, along with my energy levels- delighted! Calum has been noticing similar results within himself too. And in truth, neither of us have been missing meat in the dishes that wee substitute it out for either- tofu/ paneer/ nuts, which is great!
So in a nutshell, the experiment has worked and we’ve now implemented it into our lives as a ‘normal’.
snapshot image taken from nationaltofuday.com
Feeling Inspired this Month?
During National Tofu Month wee want to help encourage others too, to experiment cooking with this versatile, delicious meat-free alternative, however, wee know ourselves that if you’re not used to cooking with tofu, the process can be a bit daunting.
Fear not, popular vegetarian brand Cauldron’s has a number of yummy tofu related recipes on their website to help get you inspired to cook with tofu throughout the month of September… and you never know, maybe you too will adopt it as a new norm! Some recipes links can also be found at nationaltofuday.com
Quick Recipe Hacks…
I know myself there’s evenings when neither of us have any energy to cook, or wee fancy something quick (especially when we’re away exploring in the campervan). Yet, we both still crave something that’s nutrient dense and tastes yummy!
So here’s a wee recipe we love to have in our back pocket for when we’re on the road exploring or I’m having a fibromyalgia flare up, for when we’re both feeling tired and zapped or when we just fancy something quick and yummy!
With a few hacks you too can cook up a delicious satay tofu inspired meal that’s still gluten free, corn free, vegetarian and vegan friendly, contains no nasties and most importantly… is delicious!!!
GLUTEN FREE SATAY TOFU + CASHEW NUT STIR FRY WITH CANNABIS INFUSED RICE
With a no fuss delicious peanut sauce base, this easy satay-inspired stir-fry is served with CBD infused seasoned rice, and topped with sprinkled hemp, and sesame seeds. Quick and easy to do and bursting with flavour, this gluten free tofu dish is definitely a tastebud and tum pleaser!
Wholesome, filling, easy and no hidden nasties. Yum!
PREP TIME : 10 MINS
COOK TIME : 10-15 MINS
TOTAL TIME : 20-25 MINS
SERVES : 2
- 1/2 pack of The Tofoo Co extra firm tofu
- 1 jar Malaysian Satay sauce by Ayam (available at amazon)
- 1/2 pack of fresh stir fry vegetables
- 2 tbsp cashew nuts
- 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
- garlic infused oil to taste
- pinch of chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Tamari sauce to season (gluten free)
- 1 pack of pre-cooked rice seasoned with:
- 2 tbsp Tamari sauce (gluten free)
- Coarse black pepper
- Pinch of chilli flakes
- 6 drops of Wee Hemp’s 10% Broad Spectrum CBD Drops* (optional)
- Shelled hemp seeds
- Sesame seeds (mixed)
- Fresh chopped coriander
- Wedge of lime
- Prawn crackers
- Place the cashew nuts into a bowl, cover with boiled water, set aside to soak for 15 mins.
- Open and season your pack of pre-cooked rice with tamari, black pepper and chilli flakes, then give it a mix and set aside.
- Heat coconut oil in a wok or large skillet and set over a high heat. Cook the tofu for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and crisp all over. Add in your stir fry vegetables and chilli flakes and cook for 4 minutes, or until the hardest vegetable starts to soften.
- Drain the soaked cashew nuts then add them in along with the satay sauce, garlic oil and sesame oil, then mix everything together and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add water to thin sauce if required.
- Then season with tamari sauce to taste and finish.
- Heat seasoned rice according to packet instructions. Once cooked add in the 6 drops of CBD, then give it a mix.
- Serve with the CBD infused seasoned rice and garnish with sprinkled hemp and sesame seeds.
WEE RECIPE NOTES
Let the creative juices flow... feel free to switch up the stir fry vegetables to whatever is available to you or to your preference.
Also, feel free to adjust the CBD Drops quantity to reflect the dose you wish each portion of rice to contain. Wee have used 6 drops of our 10% Broad Spectrum CBD, so each portion of rice contains 15mg of broad spectrum CBD.
With all the above said, please use this recipe as a template and feel free to add a Wee spin of your own to it, after all that's what makes cooking fun... letting that inner creative child run wild and free :)
Remember to always taste as you cook (with a clean spoon of course!), but more importantly remember to lick the spoon or pan at the end, it's the best part!
Happy Creating and Happy National Tofu Month Wee Hempers!
Rebecca, Calum + Mylo x