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Tofu Lettuce Wraps

What you need: 

1 pound extra firm tofu, drained and diced to bite sized squares
salt and pepper, to taste
red pepper flakes, to taste
tamari soy sauce or Bragg's, to taste
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
2 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1 head lettuce or Napa cabbage, large leaves removed

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread tofu out on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and soy sauce. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
2. When that is almost done, heat up wok or frying pan and throw in the chopped garlic and ginger. Fry for about 5-7 minutes until they are softer. Throw in the shiitakes.
3. At this time, you can add more soy sauce, usually about 4 or 5 shakes. Also, if you’d like, some more salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.
4. Cook about another 10-12 minutes, then add the tofu and finish up the cooking, about 2-5 minutes. Spoon the mixture into the lettuce/cabbage leaves and roll them up!
Enjoy!'

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made this a few weeks ago and it was yummy! Really an unexpected taste and texture. I baked the tofu cubes a bit longer than suggested and topped my lettuce wrap with sirachi for an extra kick. I used baby portabellos, as those are what I had on hand.  Really good recipe.

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amazing!!! my husband said it was the best vegan dish he's ever had! I added sticky rice, soy nuts and green onions. delicious.

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These were ok.....I think I may have overdone it with the soy sauce, but I love the baked tofu - I baked it at 400 and they got really crisp, kinda looked like croutons....
Next time I'll go easy on the soy sauce and garlic and add some other veggies for more flavor.

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Just made these for dinner tonight!  OH wow!  I 86ed the Shrooms (just dont like em) added onion, Lots lots garlic, and carrots for the veggies.

But the super-bonus was the peanut butter and curry.  :-) Delish!

Thanks a bunch!  This will definitely become a family staple! :-)

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AMAZING.
I made added onion, broccoli, and used crimini mushrooms instead of shiitake. I think that baking the tofu really makes this recipe shine.
I used romaine lettuce for my wrapping implement this time around, but next time I might try swiss chard.
This recipe was super simple but turned out completely delicious. Thanks so much!

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This was a really tasty meal! My boyfriend and I were looking for something quick and yummy and this did the trick. We didn't use any tofu in it but it was just as good without it..next time we'll try the tofu! We added some shredded carrots and mung bean sprouts and cooked it in soy sauce and mirin, yum yum :)  Although we added too much sauce and it was kinda messy lol.

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So I made these last night, and they were delicious!!  It seemed a bit salty as I was cooking it, but wrapped up in the lettuce with some avocado, the salt wasn't so overpowering.  I used some baked seitan instead of tofu, and it was excellent!  I also added some water chestnuts, but I don't think I'll do that again.  I wasn't big on the texture of them in this type of dish.  I also used about 4 kinds of mushrooms.  Lastly, I used romaine lettuce which held up nicely and looked absolutely beautiful on the plate.  I served these with Pad Thai: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14784.0 and thought the dishes went together very nice.  I will definitely do these again.

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so i attempted to make these the other day and i've only had tofu once before and i have never made it and it turned out horrible. ive never had any fake meats before except veggie burgers. now im scared to try tofu ever again or any other fake meats. i've only been a vegetarian for 10 months but i don't mind only eating fruits and veggies. i just want to know if there are any other fake meats that taste nothing like tofu because i was debating on trying seitan but now my hope is lost.

I haven't tried this recipe yet (I'm about to start in in about 5 minutes!) and I hate tofu also.  I was planning on substituting either some seitan or maybe even some tempeh instead, or I may just leave the meat substitute out and use a bunch of various mushrooms.  If you want a good meat substitute (coming from someone who hates tofu - any way it is cooked, it's really more of a texture thing than a taste since tofu can taste like anything.), I would suggest  seitan (made from wheat) or tempeh(generally made from whole soybeans and/or various nuts).  Or, if you want something a little more commercial, I like the Quorn products if you can find them.  They are made from mushrooms rather than soy, and as a result they have a different (better) taste and texture than Boca and Morningstar etc.  I have found that as time goes on, I tend to look for meat substitutes less and less, and rely instead on what my body needs.  It was hard for the first year or so to cook without thinking "I need a meat-like dish for this meal".  But, back to the tofu - don't let it scare you.  My husband and I both hate tofu after many, many attempts to enjoy it, but we still enjoy the other substitutes.  I hope that helps!

Now to go cook these wraps, sans tofu!  Although, I've never tried baking it. . .

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This was my first experience with tofu, and let me say-this was an amazing recipe, the flavor was right on! The lettuce made the mush of the food perfect, it was just the right amount of crunch. I will say though, baking in the over takes a long time and it was really sticking awful. If you're going to make this, learn a good technique to cook the tofu! Overall I loved this recipe! >:D

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so i attempted to make these the other day and i've only had tofu once before and i have never made it and it turned out horrible. ive never had any fake meats before except veggie burgers. now im scared to try tofu ever again or any other fake meats. i've only been a vegetarian for 10 months but i don't mind only eating fruits and veggies. i just want to know if there are any other fake meats that taste nothing like tofu because i was debating on trying seitan but now my hope is lost.

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