I have always valued a quick and delicious meal but now it is more important than ever! This was a great meal where I could cut and marinate the tofu in just a few minutes while the kiddos were playing and then whip this all up as soon as they went to sleep. Perfect! I was also able to use the marinade twice; cooking the spinach quickly after the tofu. I have always loved Saffron Rice Pilaf and thought a quinoa twist on it would be fun!
Maple-Balsamic Tofu & Spinach with Saffron Quinoa
Tofu & Spinach
- 1 block of tofu, pressed to remove water and cut in triangles
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- dash of salt
- 6 ounces of baby spinach
Combine and marinate anywhere from 1 hour to overnight. Heat a frying pan and sear the tofu for a few minutes on both sides. Remove from pan and add spinach and any remaining marinade. Stir for just a few brief moments to wilt spinach and coat in the sauce. Remove and serve.
- 2 cups quinoa (4 cups water or stock)
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
- salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- lemon juice to taste
- sriracha, to taste (optional) (I love that extra kick!)
Combine water and quinoa in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat, add saffron, tumeric and salt, and cover to cook for 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Stir in other ingredients and serve.