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Nov 08

Strange But Good: Tofu Jalapeño Poppers

You could stuff jalapeños with the typical mixture of cheeses.

 

But you know I need my protein.

In a strange twist, I found the solution in the form of a vegan protein source.  Tofu.

Tofu Stuffed Jalapeno

 

Tofu is the chicken of the vegetarian world.  It is a neutral protein that can take on any flavor.  I’ve use it in the past to as a cheese replacement in Eggplant Rollatini, as an egg replacement in an Indian-Inspired Scramble, a chicken replacement in baked Chili-Nutty Tofu, as a thickener in Carrot Cake Batter Protein Shake, and even a protein add in this Tofu Grilled PB&J.

I use tofu here with a delicious mix of garlic and onions cooked with Mexican-inspired herbs and spices.  You can experiment with any type of filling in these poppers!  It makes for a fantastically creamy, low-fat, high protein stuffing!

Baked Tofu Stuffed Jalapenos

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Tofu Stuffed Jalapenos

Tofu Jalapeño Poppers

  • 12 fresh jalapeños
  • 9 oz extra firm tofu, squeezed of excess water and crumbled
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the jalapeños and remove ribbing and seeds.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients using a fork to smash together. 

Stuff each pepper half with tofu mixture.

Set each pepper on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Place in oven and bake for ~20 mins, until the peppers have softened.

Let cool slightly and enjoy!

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I’m on the road to KY for my competition this weekend!  Thank you all SO MUCH for the well-wishes.  I’ll be over-sharing (as usual) on Instagram. ;)

What is your favorite way to use tofu?

Have you made anything strange but good lately?

 

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  1. Bonnie

    As usual, I’m kind of inspired by your food! You are SO CREATIVE! Keep at it, and I can’t wait to follow along this weekend. Rock the show, have fun and be proud! You have truly put in the work on all fronts. Congrats in advance!

    1. Laura

      Thank you, Bonnie! It was a fin weekend… but this one is going to rock with Heather. We need to do a Blend competition. ;)

  2. Choc Chip Uru

    I like how you put it ‘tofu is the chicken of the vegetarian world’ :D
    Delicious looking poppers, this is a great stuffing!

    Cheers
    CCU

  3. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    That looks so good- I have some mori nu silken tofu which needs to be used to I’ll have to give it a go! \

    SOOO pumped for you, like my nike kicks

    Kill it champion.

    1. Laura

      I’m watching Glee right now. It’s about twerking.

  4. Lisa

    GOOOOOD LUCK this weekend my beautiful friend!! You are going to kick some major butt!
    Also, I love this recipe – it sounds awesome!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so, so much Lisa!!! Happy Friday. :)

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I can’t believe your show is this weekend. Good luck!!! Smile and pose like the champ you are. Oh and brilliant idea about the poppers. Pinning!

  6. Sue

    Oh, these look so good! I doubt that I can find jalapenos around here, but bell peppers should work as well, right?
    Have fun at your show! You’ll rock that one!

    1. Laura

      Really?! They are so common here! Bells would be great too. Or poblanos!

  7. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    looks great lady! so excited for your comp! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!

    i think my fav way to have tofu is tofu “mousse” hehe

  8. Lee

    Sounds sort of like tofu ricotta, which I think is very tasty. Good luck this weekend!

    1. Laura

      Yes! That’s how I first started – using it as ricotta in my rollatini.

  9. Kierston @candyfit

    I love my tofu steamed with green shallots and maggi sauce. If you haven’t heard of maggi sauce, it’s sooooo much better than soya sauce! (super duper high in sodium so watch it)

    1. Laura

      We do have Maggi here! Sadly, I can’t even have that sodium now… 2 daysssss!

  10. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i love jalapeno poppers!!!

  11. lindsay

    my husband would love this too! and i bet my family would. They won’t know it’s strange if i don’t tell them what’s in it, right?

    p.s
    Rock it this weekend!!

  12. Maureen

    You will be amazing this weekend! Can’t wait to insta-stalk you! ;-)

    1. Laura

      LOL – insta-stalk. I do that. :)

  13. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Can’t wait to hear how this weekend goes! And how I want jalapeno poppers…

  14. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Freaking brilliant! I love stuffed jalapenos and I’m all about adding in the protein where I can. I love tofu for its versatility. I use it to make a vegan ricotta for lasagna all the time. Can’t wait to hear all about the comp. You’re going to be awesome!

  15. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    This doesn’t sound strange at all! I love using tofu in place of cheese, especially in lasagna! I’ll have to try these babies out. They sound tasty!

    1. Laura

      I can’t believe I’ve never used it in a straight up lasagna. Do you have a good recipe?

  16. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    What a great way to use tofu. I try to be creative with it too (though a grilled or broiled tofu “steak” is one of my favorite easy dinners). I’ve made tofu “feta” and caprese. Thanks for another new idea!

    1. Laura

      Caprese is a great idea too! I need to try that.

  17. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I forgot to say good luck in your competition this weekend! Knock ‘em dead :-)

  18. Hannah

    Babe I’m sending you such super mega WOOT WOOT go lady vibes for the next few days! xoxo

  19. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    I love jalapeno poppers too- only make them once in a blue moon but nice healthy twist! I usually just use tofu when I am craving a vegan stir fry. :)

    1. Laura

      Tofu is so great for stir fry! I swear – it’s the most versatile protein!

  20. Khushboo

    Tofu is definitely the chicken of the vegetarian world- love how it works in almost any recipe! Lately I can’t get enough of it in stir fry form, especially when teriyaki sauce is involved! But enough about tofu and more about the important stuff: GOOD LUCK this weekend!!!

  21. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Hmm, needs bacon! ;)

    1. Laura

      Always.

  22. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Okay this one is not strange at all to me, but it sounds FANTASTIC!! Love them!

    1. Laura

      I knew it would be run-of-the-mill for you. ;)

      Happy shaving!

  23. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Ya wanna know what’s really strange. I’ve never tried tofu. Shh, don’t tell.

    1. Laura

      That just blew my mind.

  24. Mollie @Sprinkles of Life

    I think these look pretty dang good! yum!

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