Saturday, March 15, 2008

Chick'n Tofu Pita Wraps

We took the boys to the Science Centre today for a final hurrah before March Break comes to an end. We always pack our lunch when we go there since vegan options are non-existent, and the food is expensive and generates a bunch of garbage. The most popular choice of the other families there today was Pizza Hut personal pizzas and Pepsi. As I sat there munching my Tofurkey wrap and banana I mused about the caloric and health differences between my meal and theirs. Well, according to the Pizza Hut website, one cheese only personal pizza has 680 calories, 28g of fat (12g of those saturated fat), 55mg of cholesterol, and 1350mg of sodium. Add a small Pepsi and you are at least 780 calories. In other words, if you are kid, you just had about all your allowed daily calories in one meal, with a huge dose of fat, sugar, and sodium.

Since we spent the day away, we needed a quick meal when we got home. This fit the bill.

Chick'n Tofu
- 1 pkg firm tofu, pressed, cubed
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 tbsp vegan chicken broth powder
- 1 tsp salt
- oil for frying

- large pitas
- sliced tomatoes
- sliced cucumbers
- sliced red onion
- shredded romaine lettuce
- vegan mayo
- plum sauce

1. Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan over medium to med-hi heat. Whisk flour and broth powder together. Toss tofu cubes in flour mixture. Fry in batches in oil for about 5 mins, turning regularly to brown on all sides. Remove from oil and drain. (see pic below)
2. Cut pita halfway around the circumference, open up pocket, and fold down resulting flap. Fill pitas with fixins (whatever suits your fancy--above is what I used).
3. Tuck flap around filling then roll pita tightly.


Billy said...

That tofu in the picture at the end of the post looks so appetizing!

missblueberry said...

I am guessing that you are talking about the Science Centre in Sudbury? That is a fantastic place to take kids. I did one year of my undergrad at Laurentian and I found myself at the Science Centre ALL the TIME...maybe it was the flying rodents or the big bird in the glass window...not sure.

Great photos and a great wrap. I have a couple of shells left over from burritos - I think I might give them a try!

tofufreak said...

your tofu looks so smooth! does it always turn out like that when you coat it with flour before frying?

Vegan Dad said...

I think it is a combination of the pressing, the coating, and the frying.

Dropkick said...

I was a professional cook for many years but I'm new to the vegetarian lifestyle (I've started it due to health concerns).

Anyway, I'm really enjoying your blog and the recipes contained therein. They're tasty and very helpful in easing me away from a lifetime of meat.

Any chance of posting the Vegan Chicken Broth Powder recipe? Or an alternative link?
I would really appreciate it.
Also is Plum Sauce a purchased item or something I could make?

-The closest health/vegetarian store is over 30 miles away (I live in a small town in Montana) so I'm hoping I can make it (also I still have some plums frozen from last season left in my frig).