Thursday, October 27, 2022

Quick Tofu Dinner

Tofu marinara with Spinach

Do you like tofu? I make this quick and easy one-pot tofu marinara recipe when I'm in a rush, tired, or not in the mood to cook. It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Have you ever heard this joke? 

What do you make when you come home tired and hungry? 

The answer to that joke is
- I make reservations
Well last night I did not make reservations, but I did make this delicious quick tofu dinner.

If you are not familiar with tofu, it's really easy to cut and cook. It comes in choices of soft, firm, or extra firm. I used the firm for this recipe. I simply poured off the liquid, cut the block into cubes size pieces, and put it in a saucepan with marinara sauce, a cup of sliced zucchini, and a handful of baby spinach. I let it cook down for about 5-7 minutes, stirring and then ate it. 

Tofu on White Ceramic Plate

 This is one of my easiest recipes for making tofu. Tofu is bland, but it picks up the flavors of the sauce and spices while it's cooking. In this case marinara sauce, turmeric, and garlic powder. 

Spinach, Herbs, Rosemary, Cooking, Food

I cook the tofu with thinly sliced zucchini (you could use any vegetable you have on hand), 8 ounces of marinara sauce, a 1/4 cup of water, turmeric, garlic powder and after 5 minutes, I add the baby spinach and allow it to wilt the last 1 minute. 

sliced zucchini
When I'm tired, I might just eat the tofu marinara alone without any sides. If you have cooked rice, a salad, etc. It would be great. I actually had a very small amount of penne pasta remaining from a previous dinner - so I added it to the pot while it was cooking. 

1 block of firm tofu (organic), drained and small cubes
8 ounces of marinara sauce ( I use 365 marinara fat -free from Whole Food Market)
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of zucchini sliced thin in half moons (or sliced mushrooms)
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder or fresh garlic, sliced
1 cup of baby spinach, packed
optional: 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric 

Add everything except the spinach to a medium saucepan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring. Add the spinach, cook for another two minutes. If you have time or the energy, make a small salad or use leftover rice.

My Notes: 
1. Use any vegetable that you have available instead of zucchini. 


  1. Looking absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks very colorful, looks very healthy and vegan. Actually i dont use tofu before but it sounds really good.

  3. Yes, I love tofu. This is such a wonderful and easy recipe.

  4. Healthy and yummy! 😋
    Have a great weekend, Judee 💐

  5. For sure a delicious meal, esp. for tofu fans!

  6. I really wish I liked tofu. We just haven’t been able to take to it.

  7. No idea why my comment didn't get through. A delicious recipe, esp. for tofu fans. p.s I know can see your newest post on my Feedly.

  8. I think it's funny when people don't like tofu, since I feel that tofu is a master of disguises. I suppose I wouldn't want to eat a block of plain tofu, but put it in a yummy sauce, and I'm there!

  9. Pre covid my cousin made reservations for dinner most nights so the joke is very familiar to me ha ha.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  10. I don't think I've ever had tofu. But it does always make me think of that old Nickelodeon cartoon Doug because there was this rock group on it called The Beets, and their big hit was "Killer Tofu"! Anyway, this dish looks delicious. 😁


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