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'Tofu Alla Toscana'

My vegan version of Tuscan Chicken

Nick and I met in Italy, and we both love Italian cuisine, so I chose Italian flavors for our Valentine’s dinner. Seeing how we can’t travel; food is our way to travel.

🍽 Serves 3-4

🕘 45-50 minutes


  • 1 block of firm tofu

  • Neural cooking oil to fry the tofu

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ tsp dried capsicum (optional)


  • 4 peeled and diced potatoes

  • ½ cup raw cashews (soaked for 1h in hot water)

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar @ceresorganics

  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast @realfooddirect

  • ½ tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp plant-based chicken stock

  • 2 Tbsp sundried tomatoes oil (sub. for extra virgin olive oil)

  • 1 ½ cup hot water

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 Tbsp oregano

  • 1 Tbsp Italian herbs

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 4 garlic cloves (diced)

  • 1 can butter beans

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

  • 4-5 sundried tomatoes (sliced)

  • 2 cups spinach

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Soak the cashews (ideally overnight, but 1h soak in hot water works just fine as well). Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Cut the tofu – in half and then into triangles – see video. Slice sundried tomatoes. Dice the garlic. Prepare the spinach and beans.

  2. Boil the potatoes until tender (about 20-25min).

  3. Pour the oil onto a large frying pan (enough to cover ½ of the tofu) and heat to medium. Place tofu triangles and fry on each side for 3-4 minutes – until golden. Add salt, pepper, and dried capsicum. Once done, place them on a paper towel to absorb the oil.

  4. Drain the potatoes and place them in a food processor. Add cashews, sundried tomatoes oil, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, nutritional yeast, oregano, Italian herbs, salt, plant-based chicken stock and water. Blend until smooth.

  5. Heat a large frying pan with olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Pour the sauce, add sundried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and butter beans. Mix well and simmer for 5 min. Add salt and pepper if needed. Place tofu triangles and press them gently into the sauce.

  6. Serve with rice/ broccoli/ cauliflower rice.

  7. Enjoy!💚


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