Cooking Adventure #5: Scrambled Tofu w/ Spinach & Tomato

I’m not much of a cook, and that’s why these are adventures!  (See 1, 2, and 3/4.) I’ve mentioned that I’m trying to eat a lot healthier. This actually evolved into me actually cooking a vegetarian meal! This is just incredible for everyone that knows me and knows how much of a carnivore I am. 🙂

Anyway, I found the recipe in one of Tosca Reno’s books that I picked up in America. She is basically a spokeswoman for “eating clean.” The dish is “supposed” to be a breakfast dish that takes 20 minutes to prepare and 35 minutes to cook. Yeah…it didn’t happen that way for me…I think it took closer to 3 hours for me.

image from the book…looks good right?!

I decided to cook it for dinner and eat any leftovers for the next-day’s lunch. I also didn’t have a lot of necessary supplies on hand…or even the exact ingredients called for in the recipe. (I am in Korea, after all.)

So here were my biggest setbacks: I had to add an extra 1-hour preparation to my time because I didn’t have any drained/dehydrated tofu on hand. I only have one quasi-sharp knife so cutting/”finely chopping” everything up took a lot of extra time.  On top of that, I didn’t own a garlic press at the time (but I bought one a few weeks after making this!). So instead of ‘pressing’…I had to resort to “chopping.” I also didn’t have a fine mesh sieve so I had to make do with a colander. Instead of shallots, I used green onions and instead of plum tomatoes, I used regular tomatoes. I also didn’t have a large enough skillet so I used a large-ish pot.

Despite all of these setback, I ate all of it. After the first little taste test, I had to go back and add some extra tofu and seasoning because there was too strong of a vegetable taste. I didn’t care for it at all the night I made it…cooking had taken up so much time that I was barely hungry by the time I’d finished. I WILL say that the leftovers were AWESOME the next day.

My final product..doesn’t look anything like the picture. lol



  1. try frying your tofu till it gets slightly brown then scramble. fried tofu gives it a more chewy texture so it feels like eating meat. also use mushroom which gives it a chewy texture as well. i use to be a total canivore but using this techiques help in the transition.

    1. Wow! Thanks for the great tip. I will try it next time. 🙂 (I’m not aiming to be a vegetarian but I’m trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet.)

      1. david · · Reply

        judging from your post, i know that you are not aiming to be a vegetarian but want more vegetables in your diet for health reasons. what i wanted to share was ways to cook so that a vegetable dish is tasty so you get encourgement to cook more of it. happy cooking 🙂

  2. […] things I’ve attempted to make (some successfully, some not) check out: one, two, three/four, five, six, and […]

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