A healthy dish of vegan comfort food, this tasty combination of tofu, spinach and chickpeas is just what the the doctor ordered for a blue mood or a hearty meal to ward off the chilly winter weather. Impressive in presentation, this vegan dinner recipe is also ideal for entertaining.
Tofu with spinach and chickpeas recipe
1 (16 ounce) block firm tofu, drained of liquid
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
6 cups spinach
2/3 cup vegetable broth
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans
Place a double layer of paper towels on a plate. Set the tofu on the plate and cover with another double layer of paper towels. Place a heavy object, like a cookbook, on the top plate to press the excess liquid out of the tofu. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the sesame oil. Cut the tofu into cubes and place the cubes in the skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until the tofu is lightly browned. With a slotted spoon or spatula, carefully transfer the tofu to a plate and keep it warm.
Add onion to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until softened. Add garlic, ginger, cumin, and coriander, stirring for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium.
Add spinach to the skillet, tossing to mix the ingredients and wilt the spinach. Add a bit of vegetable broth if the skillet gets dry.
Stir in the remaining broth, chickpeas and tofu, and cook until it's heated through. Serve warm.