Sunday, July 10, 2011

Veggie and Tofu Hoagies

I love a good sandwich almost more than anything else, and this one really hit the spot. Look at all that veggie goodness! We went to a restaurant specifically for their tofu philly cheesesteak special (would that be a philly cheesetofu?) a few weeks ago, and we were a little disappointed. The bread was hard and chewy, and made it difficult to get through. This was much better. I started by pressing the tofu for a few hours, and then marinating it for about another hour in soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. I skewered them along with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. I minced two cloves of garlic and added to olive oil, then brushed the veggies with that. Here's where G2 came in...he grilled these kabobs up. He got the grill really hot and kept them on pretty high heat the whole time. We took them off the grill, and I sliced the mushroom and cut the tofu into smaller pieces. While I was doing that, G2 toasted the buns, melted provolone cheese on the hoagie rolls, and buttered the grilled corn we had along with these sandwiches and Graham ran back and forth from the kitchen to the grill to help daddy. I just added a bit of mayo and sliced tomatoes to the sandwiches. I split one with Graham and, as usual, he took the whole thing apart but loved the tofu. It was the perfect texture-slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

After discussing the finer points of what makes a philly cheesesteak (G2 thinks it has to do with the way the veggies are cut, I'm convinced it has something to do with, you know, cheese and steak), we decided to play it safe and just call ours a hoagie. Whatever we call it, we will definitely be making it again.

*Tofu is, of course, a great source of protein and calcium. The peppers are a fantastic source of vitamin C (200% RDA), and mushrooms have lots of riboflavin. Riboflavin is a B vitamin that is critical to the metabolism process, helping our bodies use the proteins and carbohydrates for energy. Interesting fact...it's also adds the yellow color to B vitamin supplements, and is the vitamin that turns pee bright yellow. Learn something new every day!

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