April 23, 2015
Zucchini Tofu Scramble

Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

Hi, my name is Alex. I am a dietitian nutritionist and I don’t eat breakfast. Ah. Feels so good to say it out loud.

I know that I’m committing a big nutrition faux pas right now, but honestly, breakfast and I have never really gotten along. For one, my morning is for yoga, maybe running, coffee and hustling to work. There isn’t any time for toast, cereal, or the like. Secondly, my natural appetite isn’t present until mid-morning, when I’m already at my desk and have time to eat what I really want: leftovers, salad and soup. I’ve just never been a breakfast kinda gal.

Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

However, I know that my energy level is different on the mornings I take the time to eat a little breakfast. I am more productive at work and am not tempted to turn to the office candy dish by 2PM. So, I’m trying.

I made an effort last year to make more baked oatmeal casseroles to last through the week. And I did! All winter! It was awesome, but now I cannot look at another bowl of oatmeal or overnight oats. Momma needs a break.

Tofu scramble to the rescue.

Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

If you haven’t had tofu scramble before please, please hear me out. This stuff is life-changing in the most positive way.

Isa introduced me to tofu scrambles almost 7 years ago, and I haven’t looked back. Quick, healthy, and delicious, I think that scrambled tofu is superior to scrambled eggs for a few reasons:

1. Naturally heart-healthy! Cholesterol and fat-free.
2. Same texture and similar flavor to scrambled eggs so even if you hate tofu, you will probably love this.
3. I get sick if I eat eggs in the morning.
4. You can make a ton and reheat it! < —- Which is actually my favorite reason for making scrambled tofu. I make a big pan on Sundays (recurring theme around here) and then eat it throughout the week for breakfast. I pack it in individual glass containers to reheat when I’m ready. It’s the perfect mid-day meal, especially when paired with zucchini, basil, and crispy potatoes.

Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

I made this zucchini scramble a few weeks ago when my family was visiting. Here’s how I know this is a winner–not only did my family scarf it down, but my sister also took the recipe home to make for her husband, who happens to be a french chef. Yup, a french chef eating loving tofu scramble. What other proof could you possibly need?

Once you learn how to make it, I can almost guarantee you it will become a staple in your breakfast rotation. I like to add in whatever produce I have in the drawer, but my favorite combination is the one I’ve featured here. Zucchini and fresh basil are made for each other.

Like all tofu recipes, drain, rinse and press it (How to Cook with Tofu guide here).  Then, gently crumble the tofu into a large skillet to resemble chunks of eggs. Alternatively, you can use a fork or potato masher, but I think the easiest way is just to use your hands. If you like your ‘eggs’ a little cheesier then feel free to add nutritional yeast, dairy-free cheese or regular cheese.
Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

Because brunch almost always means carbs and fresh fruit, I served the scramble alongside my crispy ras el hanout potatoes. I may have gone a teensy bit overboard at the spice market in Napa and wanted to play around with my new finds. These potatoes totally rocked my world.

Cube them into bite size pieces. Heat a little oil over medium-high heat (I use my cast-iron skillet to ensure a great crust) and fry for 15-20 minutes until crispy! The last few minutes of cooking, season liberally with ras el hanout (or any other spice mixture you have lying around) and a generous pinch of salt pepper.
Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven't tried tofu scramble before, you're in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs! | www.delishknowledge.com

Zucchini Tofu Scramble

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch

Description

Zucchini and Basil Scramble! A healthy, cholesterol free breakfast option. If you haven’t tried tofu scramble before, you’re in for a treat! High protein and taste just a lot like eggs!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. oil or butter (use non-dairy butter for vegan version)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 package firm tofu, drained, rinsed and pressed
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • salt/pepper to taste (use a smidge [url:1]black salt[/url] for more of an eggy taste)
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded basil

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the butter, onion, garlic and zucchini and cook until onion is translucent and zucchini is slightly crispy.
  3. Crumble the tofu into the pan and season with turmeric, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes until tofu is heated through.
  4. Stir in basil.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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  1. Alex, I was looking for something homemade that would be similar to Amy,s Tofu scramble. I loved this recipe. It’s so versatile. I used all the veggies I had on hand and got several compliments from those I shared it with. Making it again tonight.

  2. I added tomatoes a few minutes before the tofu and italian seasoning. Also the black salt is a worthwhile addition to any egg dish. My fiancee is not a vegetarian so I am eating this on my own. This recipe makes enough for breakfast burritos for a week.

  3. […] Zucchini tofu scramble – Last but not least, this list would not be complete without a tofu scramble! Some of you might cringe at the idea of anything with tofu, but hear me out as there are many reasons for you to give this meal a try. First (and foremost), it can be made in large quantities and reheats well. What’s more, tofu contains no fat nor cholesterol, making it a dream food for your heart. Finally, tofu has a very similar texture to scrambled eggs which means even those who usually hate anything remotely close to tofu might actually enjoy this recipe. Serve it with oven-roasted potatoes on weekends or paired it with whole grain toast and keep some for the week as well! […]

  4. I usually use cumin when I make tofu scramble… I’ll have to try it with the turmeric- love how it really makes it look like eggs with the yellow color!

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