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Tofu Mushroom Kebabs with Nut Sauce

Makes 8 kebabs.

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    When grilled to smoky perfection, chunks of tofu will even appease passionate carnivores. The silky nut sauce adds delicious richness to each bit. Consider serving over whole grain rice.

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    Tofu Mushroom Kebabs with Nut Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) peanut butter or almond butter
    • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) light coconut milk
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • 2 tsp (10 mL) grated orange zest
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated fresh ginger
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) chili pepper flakes
    • 1 package extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1 in (2.5 cm) squares
    • 1/2 lb (225 g) crimini mushrooms, stems removed
    • 2 small zucchini, cut into 1 in (2.5 cm) thick rounds
    • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, trimmed into 1 in (2.5 cm) lengths
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) sesame seeds
    • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped cilantro

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories120
    • protein9g
    • fat8g
      • saturated fat1g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates7g
      • sugars1g
      • fibre2g
    • sodium86mg

    Directions

    01

    Whisk together peanut butter or almond butter, coconut milk, soy sauce or tamari, lime juice, orange zest, ginger, and chili flakes.

    02

    Preheat grill to medium-high and grease grill grate. In alternating order, thread tofu, mushrooms, zucchini, and green onions onto 8 skewers. Brush some nut sauce on skewers. Grill kebabs for 8 minutes, turning once halfway, or until vegetables are tender and tofu is golden. Brush on more sauce halfway through grilling.

    03

    Serve garnished with sesame seeds and cilantro.

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