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Sneaky Tofu

August 02, 2000|JEAN PATTERSON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES[

Before my family tastes a new recipe of mine, they always ask: "Does it have tofu in it?"

Whether I'm making miso soup, a chocolate cake or a frittata, I like to find ways to work this high-protein ingredient into a dish.

They have to ask because it's not always obvious. In this camouflage recipe, for example, the tofu blends in with the eggs.

Just add a green salad and wedges of melon for a light summer meal.

Red Pepper Tofu Frittata

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes *Vegetarian

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large red bell pepper, diced

6 eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

7 ounces firm or extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled

1/3 cup chopped green onions, green part only

1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

* Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add red pepper and saute until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Drain any excess liquid; set aside.

* Whisk eggs and cheese in medium bowl. Stir in red pepper, tofu, green onions, basil, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into skillet and cook, without stirring, over medium heat, until bottom is set, about 4 minutes.

* Wrap skillet handle with foil. Broil frittata until top is light brown and no longer runny, about 2 minutes. Loosen bottom with rubber spatula and slide onto serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve hot or at room temperature.

4 servings. Each serving: 276 calories; 475 mg sodium; 328 mg cholesterol; 19 grams fat; 5 grams carbohydrates; 23 grams protein; 0.22 gram fiber.

Menu

Red Pepper Tofu Frittata

Baby Greens Salad With Vinaigrette

Melon Wedges

Game Plan

30 minutes before: Heat broiler. Prepare salad and vinaigrette.

25 minutes before: Dice bell pepper and saute. Cut melon into wedges.

15 minutes before: Drain and crumble tofu. Chop green onion. Thinly slice basil. Combine frittata ingredients.

10 minutes before: Cook frittata on stove.

5 minutes before: Broil frittata.

Just before serving: Toss salad greens with vinaigrette.

Ingredients

Shopping List

1 bunch basil

Cantaloupe or honeydew melon

Red bell pepper

1 bag baby salad greens

Firm or extra-firm tofu

Staples

Eggs

Green onions

Olive oil

Parmesan cheese

White wine vinegar

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Plate, napkin and placemat from Pier 1 Imports stores.

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