Tofu Tahini Scramble
August 23, 2011

Tofu Tahini Scramble | The Full Helping

A few weeks ago, when Valerie and I had dinner at Open City, Val ordered the tofu scramble and pointed out that the restaurant’s addition of tahini to the scramble gives it a distinctly “feta” like flavor. Curious, I took a bite: I always did like feta, before I went vegan.

Valerie was right: the scramble (which is really a cubed tofu dish, mixed with seasonings, but it’s reminiscent of a scramble) has a distinctly lemony, tart, and umami-rich flavor that is reminiscent of feta (or another tart cheese). For the last few days, I’ve been mulling over how I might create my own version of the recipe, and this quick and delicious tofu tahini scramble is what I came up with!

Tofu Tahini Scramble | The Full Helping

The recipe marries two of my favorite plant proteins, chickpeas and tofu, and it makes for a very filling and nutritious component for any vegan breakfast. It’s great to serve to folks who are trying to eat more plant protein, and I’d say that it’s also a good start dish for tofu skeptics. The flavors are really approachable (that is, if you dig hummus and tahini), and it’s just the right amount of savory.

Feel free to modify with any vegetable add-ins of choice: I’ve now made the dish with spinach, onion, bell pepper, and zucchini. Consider this a template, just as much as a recipe.

Tofu Tahini Scramble | The Full Helping

Tofu Tahini Scramble
Recipe Type: breakfast
Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, nut free
Author: Gena Hamshaw
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce block extra firm tofu, pressed for at least 1 hour if possible and cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup hummus of choice
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet or a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the tofu. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, until each side is lightly browned (about 8 minutes total). Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, tahini, hummus, tamari, and lemon to the pan. Sauté until the mixture is thoroughly warmed and soft. Serve.
Notes
Scramble can be served alongside a whole grain or whole grain toast, or as an accompaniment to a big salad. Leftover scramble will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Tofu Tahini Scramble | The Full Helping

What a fantastically satisfying and savory meal! I’d love to hear what you all think. Even my mom—tofu shy as she is—was impressed. If you make additions — veggies, nuts, seeds, extra legumes, whatever–I’d love to hear about them.

Tofu Tahini Scramble | The Full Helping

Finally, thanks for all the lovely commentary on yesterday’s post about restaurant dining after life with an ED. Such insight!

xo

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    51 Comments
  1. I recently had this dish at Open City. It was delicious! Thanks for recreating the recipe. Open City used broccoli and not tomatoes in my dish.

  2. To Gena’s followers: please give this recipe a try. I made it tonight for the 4th time. It’s another one of Gena’s recipes “worth repeating!” Didn’t have any greens in the house. So, what’s a girl to do??? I shredded white cabbage & carrots & topped those veggies off with this warm, amazing mixture! Mmmmmmmmm it was heavenly! My husband & I should have been ashamed of ourselves. We gobbled the tofu scramble down so fast— you would have thought we hadn’t eaten all day. But we’re not ashamed… we’re just thankful to be eating delicious no-meat meals that have us coming back for more!!! Gena, I wish you could have joined us tonight! Our tummy’s are full and satisfied because of YOU! 🙂

  3. Hi Gena! I previously made a post about this recipe, but wanted you to know after my husband and I finished eating Tofu Tahini Scramble tonight; my husband said, “you need to put stars by this recipe—I could eat it once a week!” Doesn’t that just thrill your soul! Did mine! We’ll, we’re going on a road trip which means eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the car. Guess what kind of salad I’ll be packing in the ice chest—Tofu Tahini Scramble! 🙂 Hmmmm even lunch in the car can be a meal looked forward to, taste wonderfully yummy, and be tons more appealing than any of the restaurants on the highway!!! I’m so thankful to have found you here at Choosing Raw!

  4. I made this tonight with the slight modification of adding chopped onion and julienne zucchini and carrots. It was delicious, served as lettuce wraps! My husband and son enjoyed the same recipe with chicken in place of the chick peas and tofu.

  5. I love this recipe! It’s super filling and great on top of whatever greens are in the fridge. I actually made it twice this week for my husband and me… it’s really that tasty, good, and satisfying. My husband didn’t even ask for dessert! Oh yow!!! Thanks, Gena!!!

  6. Hey Gena! So I know this is totally off topic, but I wanted to say it anyways. I have been reading your blog for a while, and I know that you have always been a fan of juicing. Especially veggie juice. I never really understood the fascination. That is until I tried it for myself. I used to suffer from IBS stuff just like you, and green juice has changed my life! It has totally turned my digestion around, and now I can’t imagine going a day without it! Thank you for the inspiration, and keep spreading the vegan love girl!

  7. New reader to your blog, and already truly inspired…I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but I am slowly weeding animal products out of my diet because I just FEEL better! Hope you don’t mind I read up and borrow some of these recipes to help me along my journey…huge fan of cheese, so your recipe above looks devine! can’t wait to try it!
    Sinerely,
    Christin

  8. Just made a triple batch of this for the family – I added some home-grown zucchini and served it over kelp noodles. Ahhmazing! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. ok, feta? i’m so down.
    re: protein cravings, when I first went vegan and was less organized about how I ate, I often had cravings for raw fish and sushi after work-outs. eventually i came to recognize that as “proteeiiiinnn!!” and started nourishing with nuts and beans, and it’s worked out. Lately, I find myself craving peanut butter (more specifically, a smoothie with banana, peanut butter, blueberries, and kale) at the end of a workout, so I guess I’ve changed my body’s mind about what “proteeiiinnnN!!” is.

  10. Looks great! I have a creamy hummus tofu scramble in one of my ebooks and it’s become a major favorite (though I wouldn’t say mine tasted like feta. . .). I’ve got a block of tofu in the fridge just waiting to be made into a scramble–this one! 🙂

  11. It’s as if you read my mind! I’m not vegan, but was looking for a healthier alternative to the cheeses I love in my salads when I clicked on this in my Google reader this morning. Just made it for dinner and…AMAZING. I was surprised how much it resembled the tanginess of feta. Also, I used to be a big tofu eater then maybe I just ate too much of it because I suddenly could not stand the texture and was worried that this would be the case here. But this was perfect combined with the subtle crunchiness in the chick peas. And the flavors are just perfect together. I added a little sriracha on top too and it was great.

  12. This looks wonderful. I’m always looking for new ways to dress up tofu. Re: feta – yes, this was one of my favs too. I have tried the soy feta, but never again. It is a pretty weak substitute. This would make a nice wrap or pita filling.

  13. Gena, this may sound like a naive or dumb question but – it’s called scramble because everything is all mixed up and not – because it tastes like scrambled eggs. Right? I’ve never tried tofu and I’m trying to add more vegan meals to my life. I would love to try this but if it tastes like eggs I know I won’t like it. Please let me know. Thanks.

    • Ha, this isn’t even a legit scramble, dear Johanna! My real tofu scrambles look like scrambled eggs (but thankfully, the resemblance stops there; they don’t taste egg like). So this is more a stir fry, called scramble only because it’s a little bit like my tofu scramble, which is not like eggs except in preparation/technique. That’s a complicated answer, but the upshot is: this does not taste like eggs. If it did, I sure wouldn’t be eating it.

  14. It looks delicious, and I used to love tofu scramble, but now it seems to bring back old hypoglycemia symptoms I used to have. Ever since giving up meat and cheese (I do have a tiny bit occasionally) my hypoglycemia went away. It feels so good not to shake and sweat whenever I go for a few hours without any food! But for some reason if I eat a bit of tofu the symptoms come back. Not sure why so sadly I have to stay away. After reading your post yesterday I am excited to try the salad at Josie’s you ordered. I never thought to just order it without the tofu and now it gives me another option when I go there.

  15. Gena,
    really enjoyed your post yesterday but didn’t get a chance to comment. eating out is still an ordeal for me at this point in recovery. it was so nice to hear a positive but realistic perspective on what restaurant dinning can be for a recovered disordered eater. thanks!

  16. Looks delicious– tofu scramble in hummus form is definitely my kind of meal 🙂 I bet some cumin, smoked paprika and nutritional yeast would give the scramble more flavor and depth as well.
    Can’t wait to try this with a big tortilla to sop it up with 🙂

  17. Hummus anything and you have me! 🙂 just got some raw vegan feta, it’s really good! My friend Zoe makes it, RAWbundant is her company. 🙂

  18. Mmm, tahini, tofu, chickpeas, veggies, scrambled up in a stir fry that’s fast, one pan, easy…I am all about it!

    And I am the same way:
    “protein cravings” (whatever those are; I’m never really sure what others mean when they refer to them!) but I do often crave something dense and filling —

    Me too.

    And sometimes I reach for edamame or tofu when that hits. And other times I reach for chocolate and peanut butter 🙂

  19. I’m a recent tahini convert, already through my first jar, and this sounds delicious.
    And I think you’re right when you say this could serve 1 hungry athlete, but I’m willing to test that for you. 😉