Thursday, May 24, 2012

Breakfast Of Champions: Panko Breaded Tofu, Baked Sweet Potatoes, And Green Peas!

Breakfast time!
Tofu, sweet potatoes, and green peas.
Doesn't that combination sound like a most unconventional breakfast?
More like a hearty supper, I suppose, but a craving is a craving.
Had to satisfy my hungry stomach and though the whole process took an ample amount of time, the end results were deliciously fulfilling!

First peeled. Saved the scraps for later!
After dicing, sweet potatoes were hand tossed about in olive oil, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
1 large and peeled sweet potato
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves

The sweet potatoes are layered on an oiled cookie sheet, placed in the oven at 350 degrees, and baked for 30-40 minutes until softened. Tasted amazing, but may add a touch of brown sugar and toasted walnuts for next time.

Leftover moist block of tofu was sliced in three parts (did not drain access water).
Swirled around in panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and parsley until evenly coated.
Pan fried in olive oil on medium heat.
Timing is everything when it comes to trying to eat a square meal!

While the yams were baking and fragrantly smelling up the kitchen, I turned on the stove and shifted tofu in gear.

1/2 block of slightly dampened tofu
1/3 cup Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 each sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion and garlic powder (optional)

Yes, the tofu is indeed the other half from two days ago. So that's like 65 cents per meal.
Pan frying them in the skillet, each side browning for about 10-13 minutes on medium low heat setting and covered. Not trying to bother with standing them up on the four thinner sides, they are left alone, making the tofu look like seared fish filets.

I used frozen peas, cooking them according to package directions (boiled) and tossed them with red onions, garlic, and pepper.

Nothing fancy here.

Closeup of sinking into succulent breakfast!
Delicately crisp on the outside and tender juiciness on the inside, just like chicken. Only better because it's tasty, flavorful, and no one had to die!
To be honest, thought I would starve without rice or pasta addition (sadly enough have one or the other with almost every meal!), but I'm surprisingly quite satisfied.
This could've easily translated to a wonderful dinner.
Portions are about right.
An awesome start of the day, I have the desire to think further out of the box!
Now let's get on with Mommy's birthday....

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