Warm Pasta Salad
When I first moved in with my husband two things he could not understand about me was my distaste for tofu and eating absolute dislike for cold lunches. Even if I grew up in the Caribbean it does not mean that we eat cold meals to beat the heat. It is the contrary. We drink hot soups for lunch and mainly dine on hot dishes. If I eat a cold meal I usually get sick or feel bad later in the day as I never conditioned myself to eat cold meals. The only cold lunch I can afford is a pickle and I still cross my fingers. Here is what I call the meeting in the middle pasta dish with Bajan seasoning marinated tofu which was baked on a pasta salad served warm.
Here is how you make it.
6 oz tofu chopped, 1/6 cup of braggs, sprinkle of yeast flakes and 1 heaping tbs bajan seasoning.Marinate for 20mins and throw the entire contents of your marinade into a baking pan and bake until brown turning once or twice in the process.
Add carrots and sweet pepper.Cook in a pan without oil.Add enough water to steam. Add spinach and reduce heat.Add tomatoes and cook for an additional 4 mins.
Cook Penne pasta according to the instructions on the box with salt
Chop 3 large cloves of garlic and set aside. Heat very gently 3 tbsp olive oil.Add garlic and cook mildly. Add tbsp finely chopped parsley and salt to the oil.I added some mini dried hot peppers to the oil, if you do not have this add pepper flakes.
Add pasta and vegetables to the oil mixture and toss. Spinkle pasta with onion powder and topped with grated Vegan Mozerrella. The brand I found was blah but I am sure some of you have access to better tasting brands.
I really loved this dish even if it was a tofu dish. The tofu had a great texture being baked for a while so I was able to enjoy it.
Have a great weekend.