Loaded TLT

This recipe is sponsored by Home Meals.

Among the best issues about dwelling in New Jersey is all of the diners. Regardless of the time of day, you possibly can rely on a scrumptious, high quality meal. Regardless that a few of these deeper cuts on the menu may be tempting (beef wellington does sound fairly good for breakfast), I feel it’s all the time greatest to go easy. Certainly one of my favourite diner orders—particularly for lunch—is a BLT, and in New Jersey they’re made with plump and flavorful Jersey grown tomatoes. Immediately I’ve determined to make a barely more healthy model of a Jersey BLT by swapping out the bacon for a scrumptious and nutritious various—tofu.

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I’m partnering with Home Meals on their 50 plates of tofu marketing campaign—in honor of Nationwide Soyfoods Month! Every recipe incorporates tofu and is created with a regional dish or well-liked ingredient in thoughts. Tofu isn’t a boring well being meals, it’s an excellent versatile ingredient that can be utilized in candy or savory dishes, both because the star of the present or a complementary piece of the entire.

For this New Jersey-impressed sandwich, I made a decision to switch the bacon in a standard BLT with tofu as a result of it’s decrease in energy and ldl cholesterol whereas nonetheless an excellent supply of protein. Plus, it’s not onerous to make tofu style salty and smoky—just like bacon. To try this, I sliced a block of Home Meals agency tofu into skinny strips, marinated it in my favourite barbecue sauce (to permit the tofu to soak up that mouth-watering smoky-candy taste), then cooked it up in a pan till crispy and browned! It labored!

When you’ve been hesitant to attempt tofu, begin with this recipe. I’m satisfied it’ll flip anybody right into a tofu fan!

Loaded Tofu Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich


  • 1 package deal Home Meals agency tofu
  • ½ cup smoky BBQ sauce
  • eight slices entire wheat bread
  • four leaves romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium ripe New Jersey tomatoes
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced


  1. Drain and dry the block of tofu with paper towels. Wrap the block of tofu in a thick layer of paper towels and place on a plate. Lay one other flat-bottomed plate (or small slicing board) on prime of the tofu and place a can or two of beans on the plate/slicing board to overwhelm the tofu, which can assist press extra moisture from it. Let sit for half-hour.
  2. Minimize the tofu into ½-inch-thick slices. Unfold half of the BBQ sauce in a shallow baking dish. Lay the tofu slices within the dish and prime with the remaining half of the BBQ sauce, tossing every slice to ensure all sides are coated. Let marinate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to four hundred levels F. Line a big baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Unfold the marinated tofu on the baking sheet, reserving the remaining BBQ sauce for brushing. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip the slices, brush with the reserved BBQ sauce, and bake for 25 extra minutes, till browned and crisp.
  4. Toast the bread. Layer four of the bread items with lettuce, sliced tomato, and avocado. Divide the sliced tofu among the many four and prime with the remaining four items of bread. Serve instantly.





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