Grilled Tofu Steaks with Fresh Greens


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Serves 2 Cook Time 8-10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 (14-ounce) block firm tofu, drained
1/4 C low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp Tabasco or dried hot red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp vegetable oil
1 (10-12-ounce) bag baby spinach

Directions:

Prepare Tofu: Cut tofu crosswise into 6 slices. Arrange in 1 layer on a triple layer of paper towels and top with another triple layer of towels. Weight with a shallow baking pan or baking sheet and let stand 2 minutes. Repeat weighting with dry paper towels 2 more times.

  1. Stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, Tabasco, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a glass pie plate. Add tofu slices in 1 layer and marinate, turning over every couple of minutes, 8 minutes total.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Lift tofu from marinade with a slotted spatula (reserve marinade) and grill, turning over once carefully with spatula, until grill marks appear and tofu is heated through, 4 to 6 minutes total.
  3. While tofu grills, heat remaining teaspoon vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté greens, tossing with tongs, until beginning to wilt. Add reserved marinade and sauté, tossing, until greens are just wilted, about 1 minute. Lift greens from skillet with tongs, letting excess marinade drip off, and divide between 2 plates
  4. Serve greens with tofu slices.

Recommended for patients on the Modified Profast (Fast and Flexible) Program,  Nutriplus (Balance Your Pyramid) Program or Maintenance Program.

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Grilled Eggplant Salad


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You may certainly use whatever variety of eggplant you prefer. For this recipe, we used globe eggplant because it yields a firm flesh, fewer seeds and is easy to cut into planks.

Serves 4 Cook Time 10 Minutes

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp tahini
1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 medium globe eggplants, trimmed and cut into 1 inch planks
1 (5oz) bag baby spinach

Directions:

  1. Whisk the tahini, 2 tablespoon oil, lemon juice, garlic , and soy sauce in a small bowl until smooth. Season this with a little salt and pepper.
  2. Brush both sides of the eggplant with this mixture and grill the eggplant over a very hot grill until well browned and tender (about 4 minutes per side). Transfer the eggplant to a cutting board and slice in half lengthwise. Toss the eggplant into the dressing bowl and coat well.
  3. Remove the eggplant and set aside. Toss the dressing in a bowl over the spinach, add the eggplant, serve and enjoy.

Recommended for patients on the Modified Profast (Fast and Flexible) Program,  Nutriplus (Balance Your Pyramid) Program or Maintenance Program.

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Shrimp and Spinach Salad


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Serves 8 Side Salads or 4 Main Dish Salads  Cook Time 5 minutes

Ingredients:
12 oz fresh small, baby green beans
12 oz fresh bagged baby spinach
1 ½ Cups fresh basil, chopped
2 pints fresh cherry tomatoes
1 Cup Vidalia onion, sliced thin
1 lb shrimp, peeled, tails-off, cooked, and deveined (buy these frozen if you like)

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, fill it with water to half way up the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Once the water boils, toss in the green beans and remove the pan from the heat. Let the green beans sit in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, have an ice bath (iced water in a large bowl) ready. Carefully transfer the green beans into the ice bath to stop further cooking. Drain and dry with paper towels.
  3. Toss spinach, tomatoes, onion, basil, and green beans in a large bowl. Divide the salad among the plates and arrange the shrimp on top.
  4. Tomato-Basil dressing is recommended, but experiment with other MMC approved dressings as you like.

Recommended for patients on the Modified Profast (Fast and Flexible) Program,  Nutriplus (Balance Your Pyramid) Program or Maintenance Program.

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