Oatmeal is my go to breakfast. But some days, I feel like something special and a breakfast scramble fits the bill. There are so many different versions of a breakfast scramble. In this blog, we will explore some of my favorite combinations and how to build a base seasoning that you can modify to fit your palate.
Just to show the versatility of this dish, this past weekend, I made a breakfast scramble with some store bought Super Firm Tofu, my seasoning mix, and fresh veggies from the Payson Farmers Market. Here are the veggies that I used from the market:
Red and White Potatoes
Curly Leaf Kale
Red Bell Pepper
It is that simple.
Here is how I did it. Chopped and boiled the potatoes, they took just a few minutes since they were so fresh. Then, I drained them and set them aside.
Next, I water sauted my chopped onions, then I crumbed in the tofu. Added about 3 Tablespoons of my seasoning mix - recipe is below, let the seasoning mix absorb into the tofu and added a little water to prevent sticking. Then, added the chopped bell pepper, chopped kale and cooked potatoes. Tasted and then added more seasoning and some pepper. It is quick and easy. One of the people who stopped by my booth thought it would make a great filling for a breakfast burrito ~ great idea.
So here is the base recipe that I started with. You will see that I only used part of the ingredients and made some substitutions. The seasoning mix ingredients are at the bottom of the recipe. This makes a huge batch of seasoning, so I recommend that you make about 1/4 of the recipe the first time. It does save for several months in a sealed glass container.
Tofu Power Scramble Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Servings: Yield: 6-8 servings Source: nutritionstudies.org
Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 package extra firm tofu, crumbled 2 Tbsp Scrambler Seasoning Sprinkle of extra curry, to taste A few dashes of hot sauce, to taste A few dashes of low-sodium soy sauce, to taste 2 large sweet potatoes, steamed and diced 2 to 3 cups fresh baby arugula, kale, or spinach, chopped
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and dry sauté until translucent. Sprinkle a little bit of water, as needed, to prevent sticking to the pan. Add bell pepper and celery, and continue to sauté briefly. Add tofu and Scrambler Seasoning Mix. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until tofu is rich in color and begins to turn golden brown.
If desired, season with an extra sprinkle of curry, hot sauce, and soy sauce. Add sweet potatoes and greens, and continue to cook until potatoes are heated through and greens have wilted.
Remove from heat. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot, with sprouted whole grain Ezekiel toast or English muffins.
SCRAMBLER SEASONING MIX 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes 5 Tbsp plus 1 tsp onion powder 4 tsp curry powder 4 tsp ground turmeric 4 tsp ground cumin 4 tsp salt 1 to 2 tsp ground pepper Directions: Combine all ingredients for the seasoning mix and store in a covered jar.
Ideas for the Scrambler Seasoning Mix. The recipe above is about enhancing in the taste of the tofu and a lot of nutrients (curry, turmeric and cumin). Some people thought the tofu even tasted like eggs.
However, you can adjust the mix by changing the quantities, leaving out something or adding a new spice.
My preference it to just use the base mix and then add spices to customize it. For example, if I am using tomatoes in my scramble, I might add some Italian seasoning. So you can add to this mix as you like.
Let's talk tofu! By using a super firm tofu or by pressing the excess water out of an extra firm tofu - the tofu crumbles and looks just like eggs.
This the the tofu that I like best, since I don't need to press it and it crumbles great. Organic Tofu - Super Firm from Nasoya. I recommend always getting organic tofu. In Payson, I have found this at Wallmart in the vegetable section.
If you don't like tofu, can you can use cooked beans - black or pinto would be wonderful in this scramble. If you want a creamier texture, a white bean would be great too.
Other Substitutions! You can see from looking at the original recipe and what I made at the Farmers Market, you can leave things out. You can also swap things, like regular potatoes for sweet potatoes. You could also add so many things, tomatoes, garlic, chilis, corn, etc. Think of what you have in your refrigerator. If you have a leftover baked potato, it works great or you can microwave one (make sure you puncture it with a fork first).
Have fun and enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast or lunch or dinner. #eatmoreplants