Chef’s Notes: These crunchy, spicy tofu sticks are a great low-carb-high-protein alternative to potatoes. They don’t taste like potato, but they’re definitely not tofu-y either.
Arby’s Curly Fries (medium) – Calories: 397, Fat 24, Sodium: 928, Carbs: 46. Protein: 5.
Tofu spicy fries – Calories: 120, Fat: 7 (?), Sodium: 17, Carbs: 15, Protein: 26. (The fat might be higher; it was hard to calculate).
Tofu Spicy Fries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with canola oil – use enough so that there is about a 1/4-inch on the bottom.
Cut 8 ounces of extra firm tofu into sticks that look like French fries. (You should have about 20 sticks.) Next, place 1/4 C. cornmeal in plastic baggie, and add about a teaspoon of some combination of these spices:
- Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning blend
- Red pepper flakes
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
(Use a mix of spices that combines some “base” ingredients like paprika or onion powder with some “spicy” ingredients. I mean, if you use 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper and 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes, I think they would be pretty much inedible! I use paprika, Mrs. Dash extra spicy, a curry blend (coriander, tumeric, cumin, fenugreek, and a bunch of other stuff) and black pepper.)
Add tofu sticks (about 4 or 6) at a time to the baggie with the cornmeal & spices. Shake gently to coat. Place coated sticks on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining sticks. (Make sure there’s some space between the sticks.)
Bake 15-20 minutes.
(I eat these dipped in ranch dressing.)
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