This Vegan "Chicken Parmesan" is a yummy treat for when you want a "vegetarian meat" but want to avoid the over-processed stuff. Typical fake meats are high in sodium and contain MSG in various forms, along with soy protein isolate, both of which may cause gastric distress, among other health issues.This recipe is not only easy to make, it acts as a sophisticated main dish for your adult guests, and you can make "sticks" that your kids can dip into marinara sauce. (In that case, they can also be called vegan mozzarella sticks!)
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- 2 blocks extra firm sprouted tofu, or extra firm tofu, drained and, if desired, pressed
- Olive oil spray
- ¼ cup whole wheat or gluten-free panko bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 2 cups pasta sauce
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cut tofu into ¼-½ inch thick “steaks” by cutting parallel to the cutting board, through the whole block. Each block of tofu will make approximately 5 steaks.
2. Place parchment paper on two large cookie sheets (1 block of tofu per sheet) and spray with olive oil or other non-stick spray.
3. Mix breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt and nutritional yeast together in a small bowl. Place the tofu 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets. Spray top with olive oil. Sprinkle approximately ½ teaspoon of the breadcrumb mix on the top of each steak. Place cookie sheets in oven until tops are browned, approximately 15-20 minutes.
4. After the tops are browned, take the trays out of the oven and flip the tofu steaks over. Spray with olive oil again. Sprinkle another ½ teaspoon of the breadcrumb mix on each piece of tofu. Spray with olive oil again. Place back in the oven another 15-20 minutes or until browned. You want the pieces to get a little hard. That’s when they take on the chicken consistency.
This recipe is reposted with permission from The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook, by Natasha Rosenstock Nadel.