I have been thinking a lot about my father lately. It is coming up on the third anniversary since he passed away. I still miss him and remember the things he used to repeat to us countless times (at the time we would roll our eyes of course, but now I am so thankful that he repeated the things he felt were important for us to remember).
My father’s way of showing how much he loved his daughters was by providing for us…often in the form of meal preparation.
One of his favorite dishes to make was tofu shrimp. I recently made this and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to prepare. It was of course a very sentimental meal to create, yet I felt so comforted once again hearing my father’s instructions on how to prepare the meal coming out loud and strong, after having them tucked and filed away for so long in the deeper parts of my subconscious mind.
Tofu Shrimp Surprise (serves 2-3 people)
– 1 block of medium firm/ extra firm tofu (approx. 500 g)
– 10 fresh or defrosted large sized shrimp
– 3-5 tbsp of sesame oil
– 3-5 tbsp of tamari or soy sauce
– 1 cup cooked quinoa/ brown or white rice
– 1 green onion
– 1 clove garlic
– lightly steamed vegetable of your choice (e.g. baby bok choy, yu choy, asparagus, broccoli, kale)
-Cook quinoa or rice in 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa/ rice. Once combined, bring pot to a rolling boil on high heat then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
– preheat oven to 375 degrees Farhenheit.
– slice tofu into 1 inch pieces and place flat in oven safe dish.
– add 1 fresh shrimp to the top of each slice of tofu.
– pour sesame oil and soy sauce on top
– bake in oven for 30 minutes.
– lightly steam vegetables
– Optional: fry quinoa or rice with green onion and garlic.