Cinnamon Sugared Tofu Sticks with Maple Syrup

Rise and Shine

That’s right. It’s tofu time! There’s got to be a way!

I’m not a “savory breakfast” kind of girl. Veggies in the a.m.? No can do. With the versatility of tofu, though, I couldn’t help thinking – why do we always turn tofu into something savory? Why not try turning it into something sweet?

Or, maybe I just had French toast sticks on my mind, and thought maybe tofu would make a good imposter.

Cinnamon Sugared Tofu Sticks

Cinnamon Sugared Tofu Sticks

Oh yeah, I went there. I tossed tofu in a tablespoon of melted Earth Balance, coated it in sugar and cinnamon, and baked it!

The result had breakfast written all over it.

Cinnamon Sugared Tofu Sticks with Maple Syrup

Cinnamon Sugared Tofu Sticks with Maple Syrup

A little pure maple syrup on the side? Don’t mind if I do!

Very yummy. Reminded me of French toast sticks, but more chewy. Next time I make this, I’m going to marinate the tofu in some sort of maple syrup marinade first. I didn’t do any marinating this time – just use a block of plain pressed tofu. I’d like even MORE of the sweet flavor to come through!

Dipped in Maple Syrup

Dipped in Maple Syrup

I suspect that these tofu sticks would make for a filling breakfast alongside some fruit. I should be able to prove that theory shortly!

Rise and shine – it’s tofu time!

Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Oh Beautiful for Sweet Potatoes

.. for amber waves of grain…

OK, fine. I have no idea what spacious skies and sweet potatoes have in common, except that both make me happy.

The Vegan Month of Food marches on! I whipped (mashed?) up another side dish from my girl Isa – Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apples. (Again with the apples? Yup. I got a great deal on a big ol’ bag of local Virginia red delicious preciouses!) You can find the recipe in the Appetite for Reduction cook book (preview available on Google Books – Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apples).

Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Apples

This one is like having dessert for dinner – but it’s totally allowable! Sweet potatoes are literally one of the best foods you can eat. They’re a nutritional powerhouse – carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, fiber – good stuff! It is not unusual to be able to get over 90% of your daily recommended vitamin A from a helping of sweet potatoes. They have great antioxidant properties, to boot. I could go on and on, but I’ll refrain. Just know that these tasty little tubers will rock your nutritional world.

If you’re looking for a subtly sweet, comfort-food-style side dish that won’t leave you starving for nutrients, turn to my friend, the sweet potato. Sing along, little spuds…

For purple mountain majesties….