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05 June 2020

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  • Safeway $5 Friday 6/05
    05 June 2020

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    Every Friday, Safeway has a One-Day-Only “$5 Friday Sale” where items are priced at $5, or multiple items for $5.

    Here are all the plant-based/vegan $5 Friday Deals at Safeway tomorrow, 6/05.

    These deals are featured in my area in the San Francisco Bay Area. Your regional area may differ, but you can always check the ads online for your area before heading out.

    Happy Saving!

    Be sure to check out my other Safeway Deals HERE!

    Coca-Cola 12 pack cans or 8 pack bottles $3/11

    $5 Friday
    Prices good on 6/03 Only:

    Sushi $5

    Large Hass Avocados 3/$5=$1.66 ea.

    O Organics Salad Blend $5 Everyday Price
    Check the app for an even better price to click!

    Signature SELECT refreshe Purified Drinking Water or Signature SELECT Apple Juice 64 oz. 3/$5 Limit 3 items

    Oroweat Variety Bread 2/$5 Vegan Oroweat is actually rare

    Open Nature Granola 2/$5=$2.50 ea.

    Tim’s Cascade or Hawaiian Potato Chips 3/$5

    Nabisco Ritz Toasted Chips 3/$5

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  • Happy World Environment Day! 5 Simple, Sustainable Lifestyle Changes You Can Make
    05 June 2020

    The post Happy World Environment Day! 5 Simple, Sustainable Lifestyle Changes You Can Make appeared first on Peaceful Dumpling.

    In honor of UN World Environment Day (tomorrow, June 5, 2020), here are some sustainable living tips you can implement to help the environment. A few years ago, I would have never made a connection between my lifestyle habits and the environment. It’s only in the last couple of years that I have had a huge realization.

    When I began looking into sustainable living, I felt overwhelmed. It was then that I realized I had been a colossal consumer for almost my whole life. I asked myself how I was going to be able to live more sustainably and where I would even start. I have been practicing sustainable living for a little while now, and I have managed to break my actions down into the following 5 sections: transport, diet, minimalism, waste management and usage and community. This sounds overwhelming right? I can assure you it’s not. I have made one small change at a time and I am really proud of my progress. Of course, there is more I could be doing, but making a start and putting in the effort is really what counts.

    1. Transport

    I have recently moved to Vancouver from the U.K., where I owned a car and drove everywhere. I hardly ever used public transport, I didn’t own a bike and due to living in the countryside, walking to the city wasn’t an option. Owning a car meant convenience. I didn’t have to wait for a bus, I didn’t have to lock a bike away and I didn’t have to walk in the rain, it was great.

    I then learned that my car was 1 in over 32.5 million cars on the road in the U.K. The issue with so many of us using cars is of course, air pollution and climate change. According to EPUK, transport has been found to be one of the biggest sources of pollution in the U.K., accounting for around 22% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

    I now have chosen not to own a car and I instead run, walk, cycle or use public transport wherever I go. I have even been learning how to skateboard to open up my transport options even more. Owning a bike, skateboard or rollerblades is also definitely cheaper than owning a car and of course, it’s all exercise!

    2. Diet

    For over 20 years of my life, my diet has included meat, dairy, and eggs. However, I have now been vegan for a little over a year. My transition to becoming vegan was very gradual, trying pescatarian and vegetarian diets first. One of the main reasons I wanted to take on a vegan diet was the environment.

    A 2019 review by the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen explored which diet has the least environmental impact on our planet. The review concluded consistent and clear differences between omnivorous and vegan/vegetarian diets. A vegan diet was found to have the lowest CO2 production per calorie consumed. The study also shows that the more animal protein is consumed, the more water is used. Therefore, a plant-based diet offers the greatest potential to reduce global water consumption. Overall, the review concluded that a 100% plant-based diet had the least environmental impact.

    Even if you’re reluctant to take on a vegan diet, you could try to cut down eating animal products by trying a vegetarian diet or even just eating veggie for a few nights of the week.

    3. Minimalism

    I think it’s safe to say that we live in a world where we are targets of marketing campaigns and ads urging us to consume, consume, consume. Whether that means buying the latest iPhone, only wearing an outfit once or purchasing items we really didn’t need in the first place, over-consumption is now most likely a part of our daily lives.

    I was first introduced to minimalism when I watched a documentary on Netflix. At first, the idea of breaking away from the norm and everything I knew seemed far from achievable. However, over the years, adopting a more minimal lifestyle has not only helped me financially but also in terms of my mental health and of course, my carbon footprint.

    WRAP estimates that in the U.K. £140 million worth of clothing ends up in landfills each year. The retail industry uses tons of water and emits carbon, contributing to greenhouse gas levels. Therefore, avoiding purchasing new clothing and lowering the demand for it will have positive effects on the environment.

    Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of everything you own and living with just the basics to survive. You can adopt many aspects of minimalism resulting in owning things you love and cherish, rather than a mountain of things you forgot you even owned.

    4. Waste Management & Usage

    Disposing of unwanted items ethically and being responsible for your waste management can have a huge impact on the environment. According to Sciencing, about two-thirds of landfill waste contains biodegradable organic matter which releases methane gas. Methane is another gas, alongside carbon dioxide, which has been linked to global warming.

    I try to avoid sending things to landfill sites as much as possible by reusing items, recycling them or giving them away. Whether I’m using tins to plant flowers, joining zero-waste Facebook groups or dropping things off at a goodwill store, I try to always get creative with what I can no longer find a use for.

    When it comes to usage, perhaps your mind wanders to how much water your household uses or the number of toiletries you go through each month. It’s definitely great to always bear this in mind and to minimize where you can. However, I recently cast my net even further, thinking about my utility bill providers and their environmental impact. I managed to find an electricity provider that provides its members with energy from 100% renewable sources. Supporting businesses and organizations that generate electricity from clean, renewable sources is a great way to reduce their carbon footprint as well as your own.

    5. Community

    Getting involved in your local community and connecting with others to combat climate change will only benefit your journey to living more sustainably. Tackling lifestyle changes on your own can be difficult to navigate and so why not reach out to gather support and advice from others? Who knows, you may even inspire someone else. Since arriving in Vancouver, I have joined many online groups where I have discovered tips about best places to source items, how I can make my hobbies more eco-friendly and much more!

    I still have a long way to go on my sustainable journey but I am really enjoying the process. Joining movements, engaging in conversation and learning about our planet never gets tiresome.

    Also by Anna:These 6 Documentaries Convinced Me To Go Vegan (Watch With Your Roommate or Partner!

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  • New Black-Owned “Gangster Vegan” Cafe Opens in Maryland With Hip-Hop Inspired Menu
    05 June 2020

    A fifth location of vegan restaurant franchise Gangster Vegan Organics recently opened in Riverdale, MD. The organic, mostly raw eatery features hip hop-inspired dishes such as the ODB Broccoli Burger, a C.R.E.A.M. smoothie made with bananas and dates, and the Notorius [stet] Tuna salad with sunflower-seed tuna and cilantro dressing. Gangster Vegan also offers juice cleanses and wellness shots.

    Co-owner Taneea Yarborough—a school principal-turned-entrepreneur who went vegan after being diagnosed with breast cancer—originally planned to open a few months earlier, but the COVID-19 crisis put it on hold. “We were watching what was happening and waiting to see, but I think people are starting to feel more comfortable going out,” co-owner Taneea Yarborough told media outlet The Hyattsville Wire. “And I think there is a need for vegan food right now, particularly when we talk about immunity. People are interested in boosting their immunity and they are longing for a more plant-based meal option.” 

    The Riverdale location (6202 Rhode Island Ave unit 105) is currently open for takeout and delivery Thursdays through Saturdays, with extended hours added soon.

  • Vegan Actress Evanna Lynch Just Confronted Her White Privilege and Is Now Helping Her 2.5 Million Followers Do the Same 
    05 June 2020

    This weekend, vegan activist and actress Evanna Lynch—known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series—took to Instagram to share a timely message about confronting white privilege. The actress explained that over the weekend, she posted an animal-rights victory to social media and was called out for remaining silent about the ongoing nationwide protests calling for racial justice, which she said made her feel accused of being “on the side of racists.”

     
     
     
     
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    These are the sources I’m starting with to learn how to be an ally for my Black, Indigenous and People of Colour friends: 1️⃣ Reading ‘Me and White Supremacy’ by @laylafsaad . If you’re a white person who is uncomfortable talking about racism and white supremacy, buy the book rn and START THERE. I just started this morning. It’s a practical work book with prompts to confront your own white privilege. It’s very challenging because she talks about ‘your racism’ and ‘your white privilege’ and I keep bristling and going ‘I’m not going to take ownership of those horrible terms!’ which is of course my egoic belief of ‘I’m a good person’, blocking me from doing the actual work that I so need to do. She also introduced me to ‘white fragility’ (aka. running away and crying when someone calls out your inaction) which I absolutely use to avoid dealing with situations and which isn’t useful, and ‘tone policing’ which I realised I do with vegan activists all the time and I need to rethink that. 2️⃣ Watching @NovaReidofficial’s TedTalk and take one of her anti-racism online courses that teach us how to unlearn white supremacist conditioning and be better allies to BIPOC. I just discovered her work today and am going to take a course. 3️⃣ Reading @glennondoyle’s chapter on Racists in her memoir, Untamed. I remember reading this a couple months ago and going ‘wow America be crazy with their blatant, unchecked racism’ completely missing the point of the chapter that ALL white people have work to do because white supremacy is in the air we breathe. This chapter so brilliantly discusses the uncomfortableness white people meet when trying to show up and how we have to sit with that and push through. She also introduced me to the idea of performative vs transformational activism. I’m sorry for not acknowledging that I’m part of the problem until now. I’m going to correct that. Here to listen to BIPOC voices. #BlackLivesMatter.

    A post shared by Evanna Lynch (@msevylynch) on May 31, 2020 at 10:53am PDT

    “I had a series of reactions: I cried and called friends who would tell me that I am a good person,” Lynch said. “I deleted my social media apps saying this energy is not good for my mental health. I ranted at a friend about how it’s impossible to be educated on every social justice issue. And I spent several hours writing long, detailed explanations of why and how working towards animal rights benefits marginalized people as much as the animals.”  

    As an escape, Lynch went to read a fantasy book in the park, which led to the moment when she confronted her white privilege. “I had the privilege of turning away from that ugliness if I felt like it,” Lynch said. “I could turn off the racism in a way that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color never fully can. I was avoiding confronting the actual issues being discussed and highlighted because I didn’t want to confront my own complicity in white supremacy and racism.” 

    Lynch explained that while she previously did not post about these topics, she is now actively learning to tackle race issues, stating, “We can’t let that discomfort dissuade us from showing up.” 

    In conjunction with the post, Lynch shared the steps she is taking to confront her white privilege as a vegan activist, and urged her 2.5 million Instagram followers to do the same. She is currently reading Me and White Supremacy by thought leader, speaker, and author Layla F. Saad which is written in the form of a workbook that prompts readers to work through concepts such as “white fragility” and “tone-policing.” Lynch recommends watching activist Nova Reid’s TedTalk and taking one of her anti-racist courses—which the actress is planning to do, as well. Lynch is also reading—and re-reading—a chapter of author Glennon Doyle’s memoir Untamed that focuses on racism, which introduced Lynch to the concept of “performative” versus “transformative” activism.  

    “I’m sorry for not acknowledging that I’m part of the problem until now,” Lynch said. “I’m going to correct that. Here to listen to BIPOC voices.”

  • New Report Reveals Top Grocery Stores to Shop for Vegan Food  
    05 June 2020

    This week, advocacy group The Good Food Institute (GFI) released its first “Good Food Retail Report,” which rates the top 15 retailers in the United States (“top retailers”) on their product assortment, merchandising, and marketing of plant-based alternatives to meat, eggs, and dairy products. Whole Foods Market and Kroger-owned King Soopers have the best overall assortments, offering 360 and 410 plant-based products, respectively—which represent 50 percent more plant-based options than other retailers which average 270 products. King Soopers offers 38 store-brand plant-based products, the largest number in that category among the top retailers. When it comes to in-store prepared options—such as dishes at the hot bar and salad bar, along with grab-and-go items—Whole Foods offers three times more plant-based options than other top retailers. Wegmans is the winner when looking at the most on-shelf plant-based products 530 products, including twice as many plant-based meat products and four times as many plant-based cheese products as most other top retailers.

    As a whole, the top retailers offer an average of 70 to 90 plant-based milk products while 50 percent of stores offer a vegan egg product. More than 80 percent of the top retailers offer at least 10 varieties of refrigerated plant-based meat products. When it comes to store placement, 91 percent of the retailers offer plant-based products alongside their conventional counterparts in at least two categories and 65 percent stock at least one plant-based meat product in the animal meat aisle—making those products more visible to a wider range of consumers. Giant Food does the best merchandising of plant-based products in this sense, offering them alongside their animal-based counterparts in 10 of 11 categories.  

    According to GFI, several top retailers are further responding to current trends with new launches in 2020. Kroger plans to launch at least four new plant-based product types in the second and third quarters of this year, and Target aims to more than double its store-brand plant-based assortment in 2020. “Kroger anticipates interest in plant-based products to continue to grow in 2020, with the category being one of the key drivers of our natural and organic sales,” Joe Grieshaber, Kroger Senior Vice President of Merchandising, said. 

    While many retailers have expanded their plant-based offerings and introduced them into various areas in their stores, GFI says all have room for improvement amidst the boom in demand for plant-based foods—an industry that is predicted to grow by 28 percent every year to reach $85 billion by 2030. “Top US retailers are ensuring that all Americans have access to delicious and affordable plant-based meat, eggs, and dairy,” GFI Executive Director Bruce Fredrich said. “We are reaching a clear tipping point, and no retailer wants to lose out to competitors with better plant-based strategies.”

    This week, new data released by trade group Plant Based Food Association and research firm SPINS showed that sales of plant-based foods increased by 90 percent during the height of food-stockpiling to prepare for lockdown during the pandemic in mid-March, with another spike of 27 percent in the four weeks thereafter—outpacing total retail food sales by 35 percent. “We’ve seen significant increases across our plant-based offerings since the early stages of COVID-19,” Dan Epley, Whole Foods Market Vice President of Grocery, said. “Our teams continue to work hard to maintain our leadership across these market segments during these unprecedented times.”

  • Happy (Cream-Filled) Donut Day!
    05 June 2020
    Before I begin tonight's regularly scheduled blog post, please make a donation to Black Lives Matter or your local bail fund, like Memphis'BLM Community Bail Fund through Mid-South Peace. Things need to change, and the time to change is NOW. No justice, no peace.

    Darling Donuts Memphis, my coworker Lily's vegan donut business, is back and better than ever! She briefly stopped selling donuts at the beginning of the pandemic, but she's now offering delivery and slinging occasional donuts at French Truck Coffee and Imagine Vegan Cafe. This week, she offered a Bail Box — a half-dozen donuts for $15, all of which is donated to a local bail fund. It's probably too late to get in on that now, but she may do this again soon! You can place orders any time through Instagram.

    Last week, Darling Donuts offered a special cream-filled box, and I had to get in on that! The order included four massive cream-filled donuts. Lily warned me that this box weighed several pounds, and she was right! These are beasts. 


    There's Lemon Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate-Lemon Cream, and Chocolate Cream. I wasn't sure where to start, but lemon sounded super-refreshing, so I dove into the Lemon Cream first.


    Y'all. This donut. Wow.




    It was stuffed with a sweet lemon curd, and every bite was pure joy. I enjoyed this last Friday afternoon, and I made sure to take a break from working to really savor every bite. I wanted my full attention on that donut. 

    The next day, after Paul and I ran our Social Distancing Half Marathon, I broke into the Coconut Cream, and this was my fave so far. I just love coconut so much, and this brought me so much joy.


    I froze the two chocolate ones immediately, so I can enjoy them in their freshest state later. If you've ever wondered if donuts freeze well, the answer is yes. Just place them on a cookie sheet until they're hard, and then carefully place in a Ziploc bag. When you're ready to eat them, allow to thaw for a couple hours on your counter. 

    Friday is National Donut Day, and you can bet your donut hole that I'll be enjoying one of these tomorrow. Maybe both?

  • Why Afrofuturism Can Help Us All Right Now—An Intro To Artivism
    04 June 2020

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    The death of George Floyd last Monday has fueled fierce protests across the nation. I support these efforts in solidarity.

    But for those who aren’t able to participate in the protests, or simply want to do more, please consider reading as a form of resistance.

    I first discovered Afrofuturistic fiction about a year ago. My brother Calvin and and I live in different states, and whenever we see each other, we “trade” books with one another. As white liberals, we quickly learned that Afrofuturism is an amazing tool to learn about the black experience and identity. Plus, it is incredibly entertaining!

    So, what is Afrofuturism?

    Afrofuturism offers visions of the future through the lens of a black person. Think science fiction which includes elements of African culture. Check out this helpful article for a brief intro into the genre.

    Why Afrofuturism is so powerful

    Afrofuturistic literature grapples with racial issues in an accessible way. Often, preaching to people can have the opposite effect to the one intended, and deter or upset them. And this is especially true when it comes to exposing how the foundations of a country are rooted in racial oppression. Afrofuturism disguises moral, ethical and racial conversations as entertainment. Many of us know that media consumption influences us. Clearly, folks are internalizing what they take in. So, without further ado, I would like to offer some Afrofuturistic reads.

    Binti

    The first piece of Afrofuturistic literature I picked up is Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. And seriously, I struggled to put it down. Binti offers colorful imagery, magic, mystical creatures and alternate life-forms which span across different universes. The story of Binti draws on Himba tradition, as the role of otjize is central. And Binti addresses myriad prejudices, not exclusively race. If you are looking for a fun segue into the genre, this is a great pick.

    The Ballad of Black Tom

    Written by Victor LaValle, this shorter read is a retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook, but from the perspective of a black man. I admit, this read is a little heavy. But, it is perfectly suited to address the moral bankruptcy of police brutality against black people.

    Children of Blood and Bone

    Children of Blood and Bone is fantastic. Tomi Adeyemi manages to strike the perfect balance between despair and action, vulnerability and strength. Just a side note that this read is a bit graphically explicit for my taste, generally speaking. But, giant cats, rage against systemic violence, magic, and adventure keep me coming back for more. Be sure to check out the sequel when you finish, titled Children of Vengeance and Virtue.

    A somewhat tangential but important final note:

    Support these amazing writers and support indie book stores! My favorite local bookstore is happy to get whatever books I’m after in stock. Personally, I find it rewarding to feel good about where my money goes. But if purchasing the books for keeps isn’t an option, see if your local library is offering online e-book rentals or curbside pick-up.

    Have you checked out afrofuturism?

     

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  • How to Make Soy Milk
    04 June 2020

    Today I am sharing my method and recipe for homemade soy milk! Aka, how to make soy milk from scratch, using dried soy beans. Homemade soy milk is super creamy, delicious and free of any additives for texture or preservation. You control the sweetness and you can even control the thickness and creaminess of the...

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  • Lewis Hamilton Calls To Take Action Against Racism
    04 June 2020

    A long time vegan and a six-time world champion F1 driver Lewis Hamilton asks everyone to take action to fight racism.

  • Crispy Tofu Steaks with Caramelized Onion Gravy
    04 June 2020

    These tofu steaks will satisfy your comfort food cravings! Covered in a crispy panko coating and topped with savory caramelized onion gravy, they make a great vegan main course for special dinners.

    Does the idea of tofu steaks sound kind of bad to you? It does to me, and I created this recipe!

    But don’t be fooled. These suckers are absolutely delicious and super indulgent.

    Do tofu steaks taste like actual steak (as in the meat kind)? Not at all! I’m calling them “steaks” simply because they’re cooked up in big slab form and served smothered in gravy. Feeling like some comfort food? These steaks are exactly what you need!

    How It’s Made

    The Gravy

    This component of the recipe takes longer, so I recommend you get started on it first!

    You’ll need to caramelize some onion. Slice your onion super thin, then add it to a skillet with some oil, thyme, and a pinch of sugar. Set the skillet over medium-low heat and let the onions slowly cook, giving them a stir every so often. Make sure the heat stays pretty low — you don’t want the onions to start sizzling.

    After about a half hour the onions should be super soft and browned.

    Now raise the heat a bit and add some white wine. Let it simmer until most of the liquid has cooked off, then start sprinkling in a bit of flour, stirring all the while to coat the onions. slowly whisk in some broth and soy sauce, bring the liquid to a simmer, and let it cook until the gravy is thick and rich.

    The Tofu Steaks

    Start with a block of extra-firm tofu. Cut it into 4 equal-sized rectangular slabs.

    In one small bowl, whisk together a batter from some non-dairy milk, flour, flaxseed, vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. In another bowl, whisk together a breading from some panko breadcrumbs, flour, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper.

    Heat up some oil in a skillet. Grab one of your tofu slabs and dip in in the batter, followed by the breading. Place the slab into the skillet and cook it for a few minutes on each side, until golden and crispy. You can cook a few steaks at once if you can fit them in the skillet without crowding.

    Smother your tofu steaks with gravy and devour!

    Tofu Steak Tips & FAQ
    • Be very gentle with the tofu steaks when frying and serving them. The coating is very delicate, although it should stay in place if handled with care.
    • Storage and reheating: Store your leftover tofu steaks and gravy in separate sealed containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. The gravy can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove. The steaks are best reheated for a few minutes in a 400°F oven, followed by briefly placing them under a broiler to recrisp the coating.
    • Can these be made gluten-free? Possibly, but I haven’t tried making a gluten-free version, so I’m not sure. I think your best bet would be to use gluten-free tamari in place of soy sauce, gluten-free panko breadcrumbs, and an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend.
    • Can these be baked instead of fried? I’m sure they can, but I haven’t tried it. I’d try lightly brushing the steaks with oil and baking them on each side at around 400°F on each side until crispy. Keep in mind that they’re not likely to get as crispy as if you fried them though.
    • Is there a substitute for the wine? You can leave it out if you prefer.
    • If you do use the wine, check with Barnivore to ensure the brand you use is vegan.
    • To switch things up, try serving these tofu steaks stuffed into rolls as sandwiches! I haven’t tried this, but it occurred to me that it would be delicious. Please let me know how it is!

    Like this recipe? If so, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, or subscribe to my newsletter. And please stop back and leave me a review and rating below if you make it!

    Print Crispy Tofu Steaks with Caramelized Onion Gravy
    These tofu steaks will satisfy your comfort food cravings! Covered in a crispy panko coating and topped with savory caramelized onion gravy, they make a great vegan main course for special dinners.
    Course Entree
    Cuisine American
    Keyword fried tofu, tofu recipe, vegan main dish
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour
    Servings 4
    Calories 373kcal
    Author Alissa
    Ingredients
    For the Caramelized Onion Gravy
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • Pinch organic granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup dry white wine
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth, plus more as needed
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    For the Batter
    • 1/2 cup unflavored soy or almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 large garlic clove, very finely minced
    For the Breading
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    For the Tofu Steaks
    • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
    • Olive oil, for frying
    Instructions
    To Make the Caramelized Onion Gravy
    • Place the olive oil, onion, thyme, and sugar into a medium skillet and place it over medium-low heat. Allow everything to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 30 minutes.
    • Add the wine, raise the heat to medium, bring it to a simmer, and allow it to cook until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 3 minutes.
    • Stir in the flour to form a paste coating the onion. Cook the onion and flour for about a minute.
    • Slowly stir in the broth and soy sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow to cook until it becomes nice and thick, about 5 minutes. The gravy thickens quickly, so add in some additional broth or water if it becomes too thick.
    • Remove the skillet from heat. Taste test the gravy and add more soy sauce if you'd like.
    Make the Crispy Tofu Steaks
    • In a shallow dish, whisk together the batter ingredients. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes, until it thickens up.
    • In a separate dish, stir together the ingredients for the breading.
    • Cut the tofu in half width-wise, then cut each piece in half thickness wise, creating 4 rectangular slabs.
    • Very generously coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place it over medium heat. You want at least 1/8 inch of oil.
    • When the oil is hot, place one of the tofu slabs into the batter, flipping to coat each side, then transfer it to the panko mixture and coat each side. Place it into the skillet, and repeat for the remaining tofu slabs, cooking as many as you can fit at a time without crowding.
    • Cook the tofu steaks for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown, very carefully flipping between sides so as not to remove the coating.
    • Cook any remaining tofu slabs in a second batch, following the method above.
    • Divide the tofu steaks onto plates and top with caramelized onion gravy. Serve.
    Notes
    This recipe only makes a small amount of gravy, but like I said above, you only need a little. If you're a serious gravy monster, make a double batch.
    Nutrition
    Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12.9g | Fat: 23.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Sodium: 693mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 4.2g | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 4mg

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