HOMEMADE SOFFRITAS (YES, LIKE CHIPOTLE!)

Confession: I could eat Chipotle every day for the rest of my life and die happy. It is SO GOOD.

But, recently I have been challenging myself to eat less meat. I could go on and on about the reasons why, but really, I just love animals, and feel like I should really be more conscious of my consumption of meat. 

That being said, it is very hard to get the amount of protein you need whilst cutting meat. So, I have been looking for great recipes that use Tofu. Tofu on its own tastes like... NOTHING. Literally, it tastes like a water sponge. So, with no funky taste to worry about, you can really dress it up however you like. 

I decided to make Chipotle's Soffritas at home to be sure I keep my portion sizes in check. Let me tell you, this is delicious!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1 can Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce (Mexican Aisle)
  • 2 TBSP Siracha or other hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp coconut sugar or sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

FOR THE MEAL

  • 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce (Mexican Aisle)
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 1 white onion, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Cook rice according to directions. You can use white or brown rice, but you know which one I would choose :)

In a blender, add the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, hot sauce, sugar, salt, and salsa. Blend until smooth and the peppers have been chopped up. With blender on, slowly add in 2 Tbsp olive oil. The color will turn from dark red to a bright orange-ish red. Blend until smooth. 

Remove tofu from package and drain all the water. Cut tofu into 1" strips, set on paper towel, and press down on the tops with another paper towel. You may need to use more paper towels, but you want to get all the excess moisture out of the tofu.

Heat skillet on medium high heat with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add tofu. Continue to cook until tofu is golden brown on both sides. With a wooden spoon or spatula, break up tofu into little bits. Add the soffritas sauce, 1/4 cup water, and pinto beans. Simmer on low until the sauce starts to thicken. 

Once sauce is thickened, remove from heat. Top rice with tofu and bean mixture, chopped onions, cilantro and avocado. I think this tastes especially good with guacamole, so just mask some up, add some lime and salt, and voila! 

Chipotle made Healthy :)

 

This makes enough for about 4 portions - save some for the week or share with friends. I bet they won't think tofu is that bad after all!