Make Your Own Vegan Substitute For Ground “Beef”
By Aylin Erman, Istanbul-based creator and author of plant-based recipe blog GlowKitchen.
When the occasion calls, it’s good to have a solid substitute for what would otherwise be ground beef. This recipe uses crumbled tofu and bakes it with a simple combination of spices, soy sauce, and nut butter to create a delicious and perfect replacement for real beef. Enjoy!
Tofu isn’t something I have very often, and this marks the first time I’m using it on the blog. The reason being that it is very difficult to find a high-quality source of tofu, and the kinds in the supermarkets are actually very difficult to digest. However, relative to other things you could be ingesting, tofu is a friendly meal. Eat it as part of the last meal of the day for digestion’s sake!
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce (nama shoyu)
- 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
- 1 teaspoons cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 400 grams extra-firm tofu (14-15 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients except tofu and oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
Take the tofu and wrap it in a few layers of paper towels, then place it on a plate. Take a pan and push down on the wrapped tofu until the paper towel has sufficiently soaked in the tofu’s liquid.Unwrap the tofu and crumble it into a medium bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the tofu and fold until everything is evenly combined.
Grease a baking sheet with oil and evenly spread the tofu “meat” across it. Each piece should have its own space to ensure it all cooks correctly.
After 20 minutes, during which time it will smell like heaven in your kitchen, give the mixture a stir and re-assemble it so it is evenly spread across the baking sheet.
Cook for another 20-25 minutes until the pieces are firm like meat.
Enjoy in tacos, pasta, casseroles, or as is!