Not only is this sandwich bursting with tons of flavor, but its also bursting with lots of nutrition as well. The English muffin is a fun change from bread for this. The marinated and dry fried tofu is infused with lemon, garlic, and miso. And the herbed cashew cheese adds an amazing texture and flavor to the whole dish and is full of probiotic goodness. I get a lot of emails from other parents asking me what kinds of things I give my kids for snacks and in lunches. This fermented cashew cheese is great as a dip for crackers or veggies or whole grain pitas for young kids and for children's lunches, and they will never know they are eating something so good for them! It does take a little prep work to make a few of these things, but they will last you all week and it is so worth the effort! Enjoy and have a wonderful week!
English Muffin Sandwich
with marinated tofu and herbed cashew cheese
For the sandwiches:
1 recipe for herbed cashew cheese (recipe below)
1 recipe for marinated tofu (recipe below)
whole grain or Ezekiel sprouted grain English muffins
Toast the English muffins. Spread with cashew cheese on both sides. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the sliced tomato and layer onto the sandwich. Add the tofu and spinach. Enjoy! Healthy deliciousness!
Herbed Cashew Cheese
Makes a few cups
What you Need:
3 cups raw unsalted cashews
1 3/4 cups water
1 tsp. vegan probiotic powder (about 6 capsules, broken open) (if you can not find vegan probiotic powder, this can easily be made without it.)
Soak the cashews for at least 2 hours, Rinse well. Place cashews in a blender with the 1 3/4 cups water and the probiotic powder. Mix in a vitamix blender until very smooth. Do not add to much water. Place the cheese into a cheesecloth and then into a fine mesh strainer, cover the top of the cheese with cheesecloth also, and place the strainer on a plate or in a bowl. Place a weighted plate on top of the cheese and let sit over night to drain a little of the water and also to let the cheese ferment. In the morning, scoop the cheese that is in the cheesecloth into a bowl. At this point add...
juice of 1 lemon
1 green onion, white and green parts, chopped
large handful (about 3/4 cup) chopped parsley
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 tsp sea salt
cracked black pepper
Mix everything well and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Marinated and dry fried tofu
serves about 4
What You Need:
1 block of extra firm tofu
juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp miso paste
Drain the tofu and slice about 1/2 inch thick. Lay out on a plate or dish. Whisk together all the remaining ingredients and pour over the top of the tofu. let marinate for about 1 hour. Using a non stick pan (because we are dry frying, meaning using NO oils) heat the skillet. Cook tofu on both sides. This can be done with a regular skillet but just make sure you use some oil so that the tofu doesn't stick.