Why did I start this blog? I have been having episodes of inflammation in my hands and fingers, feet and toes, and joints for some time now. I’ve consulted the doctor and have had tests done. It’s not rheumatoid arthritis and my uric acid is normal (tho at times borderline normal). In an effort to determine which food triggers the inflammation, I have been systematically eliminating certain foods from my diet and then bringing them back. After several years, I have now come to the conclusion that I seem to be reacting to animal protein in general (like some sort of allergic reaction). Different animal proteins affect me to different degrees; some cause inflammation faster than others. So I have decided to reduce my intake of meat. No, I am not going vegetarian; maybe semi-vegetarian if there is such a thing. I will be adding interesting and not too difficult recipes here as I find them. I will also include arthritis management tips that have worked for me.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri Sauce


2 cups lightly packed chopped parsley
4 garlic cloves, halved
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
2 tbsp shallot or onion, minced
1/4 cup of vegetable or olive oil
3 tbsp sherry wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 pound extra-firm tofu
Olive oil


To prepare the chimichurri sauce, place the parsley, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, chili, shallot or onion, 1/4 cup olive oil, sherry vinegar and lemon juice ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well chopped, but not pureed. Set aside.

To prepare the rub, combine the garlic, paprika and cumin; mix well. Set aside.

Cut the tofu in half lengthwise to make two "steaks" abut 3/4-inch thick. Brush lightly with olive oil. Press the rub into both sides of the tofu steaks.

Place tofu in a grill pan coated with oil or directly on the cooking grate over direct heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn the tofu steak with a pair of tongs and a flat spatula if necessary. Sear the second side and continue grilling until done, about 3-5 minutes.

Cut each tofu steak in half to form 2 triangles. Serve topped with chimichurri sauce.

Makes four servings of grilled tofu.

Source: Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri Sauce

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