Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Breakfast “Square-Meal” Squares

Canola oil spray
1 Tbsp. canola oil, divided
1 small carrot, shredded
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 whole scallion, chopped
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
4 oz. firm tofu, cut in 4 pieces
1 large egg white
1 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
5 ounces (1/2 package) frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
1 cup cooked brown rice

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat a loaf-shaped baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the carrot, onion, scallion and turmeric until the carrot is soft, about 5 minutes. Turn the mixture into a mixing bowl.

Squeeze each piece of tofu to eliminate excess water. When it resembles cottage cheese, place it in a food processor or blender. Add the egg white, remaining oil, soy sauce (if using) and salt. Purée until smooth. Transfer to the bowl with the cooked vegetables. Stir in the spinach and rice. With a rubber spatula, mix until well combined. Spread the mixture in an even layer in the prepared baking pan.

Bake 30 to 45 minutes or until firm to the touch in the center. Cool completely in the pan. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into 4 squares. Wrap pieces individually, then place in a zip-lock plastic bag and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer for two weeks. Eat at room temperature or after being gently warmed in a microwave.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 153 calories, 7 g. total fat (less than 1 g. saturated fat), 17 g. carbohydrate, 8 g. protein, 3 g. dietary fiber, 355 mg. sodium.

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