Meal Prep – Tasty Thai Tofu Jar Salad
I am always better equiped to eat healthy when I’ve taken the time to meal prep in advance. This recipe is great for getting all sorts of healthy macro and micronutrients. It’s perfect to make on a Sunday when you have a busy week ahead. This salad will keep you looking and feeling your best. You may also want to prepare these breakfast bars in advance, they are so yummy and kid approved!
How to Make Tofu the Easy Way
Today I’m going to explain how to prepare tofu so it tastes incredible, no stove-top necessary. This easy, vegan thai tofu meal prep salad is a game-changer.
Tofu is a staple of a healthy vegan diet, but so many people don’t know how to prepare it which is a shame because it’s a brilliant ingredient to cook with. What you have to remember with tofu is that it has no flavour in itself, but is a flavour sponge.
That is why it’s always a good idea to marinate your tofu before you eat it, to give it lots of yummy flavours.
Meal Prep Salad: Pressing the Tofu
Removing water from your tofu allows for better absorption of the marinades and flavours that you cook the tofu in, resulting in much tastier tofu with a nice texture. If you skip this step, your tofu will be full of water, which will have the unfortunate result of thinning any marinades and sauces during cooking. This little detail could really make all of the difference for your meal prep salad. You can remove water from your tofu by placing in on a plate, covered with tea or paper towels. Place a weight such as a can of food or some heavy books over the tofu and leave it to drain for at 30 mins, longer if possible, to allow the water seep out.
There is nothing wrong with this method, and I did it myself for year but another way to press tofu is with Tofu press. They are easily found online, this one here looks good. I would only recommend investing in a tofu press like the one here if you aren’t able to find pre-pressed tofu where you live. It allows you to achieve an outstanding result in a much shorter time.
When I found out what a great job my tofu press did, I didn’t look back.
Meal Prep Salad: Using Pre-Pressed Tofu
I was quite convinced, however, that I had died and gone to tofu heaven when I found pre-pressed tofu. Pre-pressed tofu is the Rolls-Royce of tofu, in my opinion, if only for the fact that it’s ready to go, no pressing required.
The brand I love here in the U.K. is a brilliant Tofoo. In fact, all of their brilliant products are Renée Recommend.
p.s. I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you are looking for more healthy recipes to get all the good stuff down you so you look and feel amazing, try this broccoli salad, too!
Tasty Thai Tofu – Slay the Week Meal Prep Jar Salad
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- 3 cups tofu
- 4 cups shredded cabbage (or dark leafy green lettuce)
- 2 tbsps fresh herbs (chopped (optional))
- 2 cups brown rice (quinoa)
- 2 bell peppers ((your choice of colour) chopped)
- 4 carrots (chopped)
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1 cucumber (chopped)
- 1 cup beets (chopped)
- 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup soya sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic
- Place equal amounts of all of the cubed tofu at the bottom of the containers
- In a medium bowl, using a fork, whisk together the Peanut Dressing ingredients and pour equal amounts of it over the tofu
- Starting with the rice, continue to layer in approximately equal amounts, of all the remaining salad ingeredients into the containers.
- Store in the fridge until ready to eat.
- To serve, turn the container upside down into a bowl, mix well and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: thai
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