It’s really hard to hate the things that can bring us joy, such as cooking. When that happens unexpectedly, it doesn’t feel good.
Last week, I shared my recent overwhelming cooking experience with you because #1 I really needed to get it off my chest, so thank you for bearing with me; #2 if you are facing different cooking difficulties, whether they are physically challenging to you or giving you mental pressure, I would love to chat with you. I wanted to find a way to make cooking as joyful as possible to all of us.
So we chatted. The conversations we had were so heartwarming to me! For those who participated, thank you for taking the time to show me how caring you are and how much you love cooking. It means a lot to me! The good news is that my mother-in-law is a lot better now. If you haven’t got a chance to join the conversation yet, here is the link again. Hope to talk to you there.
Now…onto today’s recipe.
My husband Han and I eat pretty much everything. So cooking to me really boils down to make something easy, healthy and hits the tasting spot. Sometimes the dishes I make happen to be vegan, or gluten free, or vegan and gluten free like these portabella mushrooms stuffed with baked tofu and crispy kale.
As one of the superfoods, kale beats all other vegetables by containing the highest levels of antioxidants, more calcium, and more iron. So glad that this beautiful dark green thing exists!
Tofu is an excellent source of calcium and a very good source of manganese, copper, selenium, protein, and phosphorus. In addition, tofu is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B1.
Now, look at the gigantic mushrooms. Portabella (portobello) are rich in Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. (Phew…those are a lot of big words for me. )
In a nutshell, the three main ingredients that we are going to use in this recipe provide giant health benefits!
But they sound pretty bland together. How is this going to hit our tasting spot? The secret sauce is a cajun flavored creamy dressing combined with tahini (white sesame paste), olive oil, sesame oil, cajun seasoning and a touch of cider vinegar, making this vegan dish uber tasty. See, even the sauce is packed with nutrition.
The cooking sequence looks like this.
Bake tofu. 25 minutes. Cooking tofu this way enhances the texture and gives tofu a meaty taste. While tofu is in the oven, you have enough time to:
Cook kale. 3 minutes.
Whisk sauce. 2 minutes.
Broil mushrooms. 5 minutes.
Lastly, stuff mushrooms and drizzle with sauce. 5 minutes. DELISH!
These stuffed portabella mushrooms make a great appetizer. Make sure to pick large and bowl-shaped mushrooms so that you can stuff more filling into them. I have to admit that I wasn’t very satisfied with my mushrooms (in the photos) because you know, I like it big! (Oops, that’s what she says. :P)
Oh, one more thing. If you would like to cut down the cost and make the recipe even easier, feel free to enjoy the tofu and kale filling with the dressing as a super refreshing salad. One recipe for two dishes. Isn’t that cool?
Hope you enjoy this recipe. Happy cooking!Print
- 4 portabella mushrooms (or more)
- 1 bunch Kale, ribs remove, roughly teared
- 1 (14-oz) package firm tofu
- 1 tsp cajun seasoning
- For the creamy cajun dressing
- 3 tbsps olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsps tahini (sesame paste)
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsps cajun seasoning
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Wrap up tofu with a few layers of paper towel and place a small heavy object (like a book or a plate) on top of it. This is to soak up the liquid from tofu. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Dice tofu and place on a slightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 tsp cajun seasoning. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- While the tofu is baking, prepare mushrooms, cook kale and make the creamy cajun dressing. Remove stems and gills from portabella mushrooms. (Use a spoon to gently scrape out the gills.) Brush with a little olive oil on both sides of the mushrooms and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cap side up.
- Cook kale in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until kale is tender and crunchy. Drain well and set aside.
- Combine all the ingredients of the creamy cajun dressing in a small bowl. Stir until blend.
- Once the tofu is done, switch oven to broiler. Broil mushrooms for 4-5 minutes.
- Let cool and flip. Stuff the mushrooms with a generous amount of kale and baked tofu. Drizzle with the creamy cajun dressing and serve.
This recipe produces enough vegetable filling and dressing to stuff more portabella mushrooms. The rest of the tofu and kale can be mixed with the dressing as a delightful vegan salad.
- Serving Size: 4