Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cheddary Tofu Quinoa Pie

I make some version of this 'pie' on a regular basis. This was the first time I have used the cheddar or the quinoa in this dish. The fact that I call this a pie is getting me thinking it would be good baked in some kind of crust...puff pastry maybe?

Cheddary Tofu Quinoa Pie

1 lb. firm tofu (chinese)
1 tsp. mustard
1 Tbsp. tahini
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or diced
lots of black olives*
pinch of turmeric and paprika*
dried thyme*
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup FollowYourHeart cheddar (soy cheese)
1 /2 cup cooked quinoa
salt to taste
fresh basil and chives*

In a large bowl, mash the tofu (I just use my hands) and mix in the mustard and tahini. Set aside.

Saute the onion and garlic in a little oil. When the onions are soft add the olives, turmeric, paprika and thyme. After a couple of minutes the olives should be getting toasty and it should be smelling really good. Add the lemon juice and remove from the heat.

Combine the tofu with the onion mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Stir to mix well. Turn into a lightly oiled pie pan and press into shape. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it's hot in the center and starting to brown on top. Put under the broiler briefly to brown it a bit more. Be careful, it will burn fast! Let it sit for several minutes until slightly cooled. Cut into slices and eat it up. Sometimes it falls apart all over the plate, but it's just as tasty.

*I never measure for things like this unless it's important to the recipe. The only rule is that it's better to use too little than too much (except olives...you can't have too many olives).

Served with baby yellow beets and their greens, and more quinoa

P.S. Spring is here!


Ricki said...

I am soooo envious of those flower pix! The pie looks good, too--I'm doing a whole week on quinoa this week! If you leave the link in a comment, I'd be happy to add your recipe to the list :).

Hannah said...

How creative- I would never have thought of using quinoa to make a savory pie! It looks really good though.

Gorgeous flower photos, by the way!

Mihl said...

This pie looks really good! I like that it hasn't any crust. Saves some time, doesn't it? A puff pastry crust sounds like a very good idea though. Really, sounds like the perfect pie to me!
Wow you already have spring. Enjoy the sun!

Pearl said...

I don't know which is prettier, the poppies or the savory tart.

DJ said...

That looks so good - reminds me of cheese and onion quiche, which was always a favourite here at Skint Vegan Towers, before we all went vegan, obviously!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

lovely plating!

Rural Vegan said...

The pie looks fantastic! I have been trying to eat more quinoa but I'm not a fan of it as a side dish, so this would be great. I'm so envious of your flowers, it's still snowing here! =(

pavotrouge said...

quinoa + pie = <3 love <3

thanks for stopping by at my blog, I love yours too, and the bunny :)

Mykelle said...

Mmmm..I've been wanting more tasty recipes for quinoa. I'll have to try this. And your right, never enough olives.
Also, thanks for the eggplant recipes. Eggplant is my friend.
Pretty pictures of the flowers.

Jenny Wren said...

Thanks guys! I'll be looking at those flower pix a lot over the next week...we have rain forecast every day!

Kiss or Kill said...

I love the pics of the flowers, especiall ona gloomy day like toda, though my chamomile flowers are starting to bloom. On Absinthe, it is legal so long as it contains no thurjon (the considered drug component), and me, Ilike the bite and the thurjon so I am stuck ordering from europe. I have tried some here and it tatss good just reall smooth and sweet-no earth of floral tones....ok I sound pretentious, I'll stop. Fuck it, I am going to write ou a letter tonight:)

Kiss or Kill said...

p.s. My 'Y' botton is messed up so pardon all the words with out ...

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Foodeater said...

I so need to make this. Right now. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!

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