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Showing posts with label courgette recipes. Show all posts

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Marinated Tofu Zucchini Soft Tacos

These marinated tofu zucchini soft tacos are a tasty, easy meal the whole family will enjoy with just the right hint of smokiness and spice. 

Food Lust People Love: These marinated tofu zucchini soft tacos are a tasty, easy meal the whole family will enjoy with just the right hint of smokiness and spice.

These soft tacos make a wonderful dish for company because everyone can assemble their own, for a convivial meal around a big table. Everything can be made ahead and kept warm in a low oven so you won’t spend time cooking once your guests arrive.

A word about tofu: If you have only tried it in its natural state and are not a fan of the texture, give it another chance when pan-fried and crunchy. That was a game changer for me. Now I love it. 

Marinated Tofu Zucchini Soft Tacos

This recipe was inspired by one in the New York Times cooking section for grilled marinated tofu. Smoked paprika and cumin add the right flavors to make this the perfect vegetarian taco filling. 

For the tacos:
1 block (14 oz or 398g) extra firm tofu 
1 medium onion
2 medium zucchini
fine sea salt
12 corn tortillas
canola or other light oil for pan-frying

For the tofu marinade:
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small jalapeño seeded, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
1/4 cup or 60ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

Optional to serve:
Sour cream
Refried beans
Sliced jalapeños
Chopped cilantro

Drain and press the tofu for 1 hour.

Peel the onion and cut it into thick slices.

Cut the stems off the zucchini then cut them in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the fluffy part with the seeds. Cut the zucchini into batons. 

Lightly salt the batons and set them in a colander to sweat and drain.

Combine the lime juice, minced garlic and jalapeño, Kitchen Bouquet, salt and set aside for a few minutes while you cut the tofu. 

Slice the tofu into pieces about 1/4 inch or 1/2cm. Place tofu pieces snugly in a deep dish. Spoon 3/4 of the marinade over the tofu, reserving 1/4 for the zucchini after it’s cooked. 

Refrigerate the tofu at least one hour or longer, turning it occasionally so it marinates evenly.

Heat a large non-stick frying skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle with a little oil. 

Scrape the garlic and jalapeño off of the tofu and back into the marinating pan and reserve. 

Add the tofu to the hot skillet and cook, turning frequently, until it is evenly browned and crisp on all sides. You may have to do this in batches, depending on the size of your skillet. 

Transfer the tofu to an oven-proof pan.

In the same skillet, add 2 teaspoons each of paprika and cumin and the scraped off jalapeño and garlic. Drizzle a little oil in the pan to moisten the mixture and cook it for just a few minutes, until the jalapeño has softened. 

Spoon this over the tofu and put it in a very low oven to keep warm. 

Add the final 1/2 teaspoons each cumin and smoked paprika to the marinade you saved for the zucchini. 

Dry the zucchini batons on a paper towel then add them to the skillet and fry over a high heat until slightly charred. 

Turn the fire off and add the reserved marinade. Toss to combine, remove to a plate or bowl. 

Add the onion slices to the pan, cook until just soft and a little toasted, about 8 minutes. 

If desired, toast the tortillas on a griddle. 

Serve the marinated tofu zucchini soft tacos with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, refried beans, sliced jalapeños and/or chopped cilantro or your favorite taco toppings.

Let everyone assemble their own soft tacos. We really loved the flavor and smokiness of the tofu, as well as the crunch. 

Food Lust People Love: These marinated tofu zucchini soft tacos are a tasty, easy meal the whole family will enjoy with just the right hint of smokiness and spice.


It’s Sunday FunDay and our host Amy of Amy’s Cooking Adventures reminded us that August is all about a glut of fresh zucchini and everyone can use some creative recipes to use it up. Check out all the zucchini dishes we are sharing below. 

  • Couscous with Spiced Zucchini from Cook with Renu
  • Garlic Butter Sautéed Zucchini from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
  • Keto Zucchini Balls In Creamy Tomato Gravy from Sneha’s Recipe
  • Marinated Tofu Zucchini Soft Tacos from Food Lust People Love
  • Minestrone Casserole from Palatable Pastime
  • Moong and Zucchini Pancakes from Mayuri’s Jikoni
  • Zucchini Agrodolce from Pandemonium Noshery
  • Zucchini Casserole from A Day in the Life on the Farm

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    Food Lust People Love: These marinated tofu zucchini soft tacos are a tasty, easy meal the whole family will enjoy with just the right hint of smokiness and spice.


    Sunday, March 9, 2014

    Leek and Zucchini Tarte Tatin

    Created in the late 19th century by the sisters Tatin as a special apple dessert in their hotel restaurant, Tarte Tatin gained first French then worldwide popularity when famous 20th-century epicure Curnonsky published the recipe in his 1926-volume “La France Gastronomique.” The original ingredients were simple: sugar, apples and butter for the inside, flour, butter and water for the dough. This savory version is not much more complicated and the fresh vegetables shine.

    I’ve spoken here before about the two years we lived in Balikpapan, Indonesia and the limited access we had to a variety of fresh vegetables. Aside from the local greens, I really only remember potatoes and green beans and carrots on offer. I had so taken for granted the well-stocked grocery stores of my youth but those two years gave me an appreciation for what I was missing. And then, because there is a God, we moved to Paris for three years of abundance and gorgeous markets with fresh seasonal produce of every variety. I bought Roger Vergé’s Vegetables and devoured both the sweet stories of his childhood in his father’s garden and mother’s kitchen and the simple recipes that featured all the goodness and light of the vegetables available to me. In short, I fell in love. I look back upon those years as an awakening to the potential of fresh vegetables to nourish with big flavor and beauty. Even though we have lived in several different countries since then with varying degrees of produce available, I’ve always tried to follow Chef Vergé’s instructions to buy the shiny eggplant, the greens that are crisp and vibrant, the firm carrot, the unblemished tomato and, if at all possible, the newly podded pea.

    The week’s Sunday Supper theme is Meatless Meals but privately, in my own head, I’ve been calling it Vegetables on Center Stage. I’ve adapted this recipe from one of my new favorite cookbooks, another French one that focuses on vegetables in all their glory, The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier.  Many thanks to my friend Tammi of Momma’s Meals for hosting this great event, which could not have come at a better time for me. I’ll be visiting my two vegetarian daughters in the United States soon so I know I’ll be pinning a bunch of these recipes to try while I’m there.

    10 oz or 285g leeks
    If they are more or less the same circumference, that would be good.
    10 oz or 285g small zucchini
    3 small purple onions (not quite 4 1/2 oz or 125g total weight)
    2 sprigs fresh thyme
    9 small cherry tomatoes
    Olive oil
    Sea salt flakes
    Black pepper
    1 circle of short crust pie pastry (I used this recipe here.)

    To serve: 3/4-1 oz or 25-30g Parmesan, freshly grated

    Trim the hard green ends and the roots off of the leeks and then cut them into lengths of about one inch or two centimeters long.

    Rinse them thoroughly in running water to get rid of any dirt that might be inside, but make sure to keep the pieces whole. Drain the water and set them on a towel to dry.

    Add a good drizzle of olive oil to a stovetop pan, preferably one that is also ovenproof,  and place the leeks in the oil, running them around a little to make sure the whole bottom of the pan is oiled.

    Rinse and trim the ends off of your zucchini. Cut them into lengths the same as the leeks.

    Place them in the pan in and amongst the leeks.

    Peel your purple onions and cut them into quarters, making sure to leave a bit of the core at the bottom of each piece. Place them in your pan, core side down, amongst the leeks and zucchini.

    Put the pan on a medium fire and cook until the bottoms of the vegetables are beginning to brown. Check a piece of zucchini. It's less likely to fall apart.

    Add in a good splash of water and pop a lid on the pan.

    Allow the vegetables to steam for a few minutes. When you can poke a fork in the zucchini but still feel some resistance, take the lid off and let the moisture evaporate. Cook for a few more minutes or until the bottoms of the vegetables are nicely caramelized.

    Carefully turn them over, trying to keep them upright in their places. I used a combination of a small spoon and tongs to make the turn. If your pan or its handle is not ovenproof, you can transfer the vegetables to a baking pan now. Make sure to oil the new pan and keep the vegetables brown side up.

    Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C.

    Add your cherry tomatoes to the pan, placing them around the leeks and zucchini as evenly as you can manage. Sprinkle the vegetables with a little salt and pepper. Remember that you are going to finish this with some grated Parmesan so that will add saltiness as well.

    Pull the leaves off of the thyme sprigs and scatter them on top the vegetables.

    Top the whole thing with your circle of pastry dough, tucking the sides in down around the vegetables.

    Using a sharp knife, cut slits in the dough to allow the steam to escape. This will ensure that your crust comes out of the oven crunchy instead of soggy.

    Bake in your preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the tart crust is golden brown.

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the crust to loosen it.

    Place your serving plate on top of your pan and, using oven mitts, quickly turn the pan over. Replace any pieces of vegetable that stuck to the pan.

    Sprinkle liberally with freshly grated Parmesan and serve. I must confess that I didn’t use all the cheese before I took photos because that would have covered up the lovely vegetables. You go ahead and put it all on, unless you are taking pictures.


    If you are looking for some great vegetarian options, I’ve got the best list of links for you right here:

    Salads, Soups, Stews and Starters
    Pastas, Pizzas and Casseroles
    Tacos & Everything Wrapped
    Other Main and Side Dishes

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    Monday, August 12, 2013

    Just Chocolate Chip Muffins (with Zucchini) #MuffinMonday

    Delicious chocolate chip muffins with grated zucchini. Shhh! Just don't tell anyone that second part.

    Pay no attention to the lady behind the curtain grating zucchini!  She is most definitely not putting it in these delicious chocolate chip muffins.

    Okay, I get it.  Children, for the most part, don’t like zucchini.  I didn’t either, way back when.  But the truth is, if you grate the stuff small enough and don’t divulge that it has been added, the muffins get eaten relatively quickly and with great enjoyment.

    As you are probably guessing, this week’s Muffin Monday ingredient is zucchini, which lends itself to both savory and sweet batters.  Since I was bringing this up to Lake Livingston to share with my sister and her family of three hungry young boys, I decided to go sweet and just not mention the zucchini at all. Worked like a charm!

    Just Chocolate Chip Muffins (with Zucchini)

    Delicious chocolate chip muffins with grated zucchini. Shhh! Just don't tell anyone that second part.

    1 medium zucchini or courgette
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups or 190g flour
    1/2 cup or 115g white sugar
    1/2 cup or 100g brown sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 eggs
    1/3 cup or 80ml milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/3 cup or 80ml canola oil
    1/2 cup or 100g semi-sweet chocolate chips plus another handful to poke on top as camouflage before baking, if desired.

    Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin tin by greasing it or lining it with muffin papers.

    Grate your zucchini with the small holes of your grater and spread it around in a colander to drain.  Sprinkle with the 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, sugars, cinnamon and baking powder.

    In another smaller bowl, whisk together your eggs, milk, vanilla and oil.

    Use the back of a spoon or rubber spatula to squeeze moisture out of the grated zucchini.   Add it to the wet ingredient bowl and whisk.

    Pour your wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until they are just combined.  There should be some dry flour still showing.

    Fold in the chocolate chips.

    Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups.

    Add a few more chocolate chips to the top, if desired.  Remember, we are trying to sell these as just chocolate chip muffins.

    Bake for about 20 minutes or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

    Remove the muffins from the pan and cool further on a wire rack.


    A side note to Communicating Across Boundaries readers:  Welcome, welcome!  I was thrilled when Marilyn asked if she could share my Muffin Monday posts with you all.  You can find her blog in my Favorites list (up there in the left column) because, as you know, she is a rare gem and a gifted writer.  I am honored by her link.