Smoked tofu ratatouille on polenta

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I more or less came up with this recipe by accident when I made dinner for a friend of mine. I couldn't be bothered to spend ages in the kitchen, but wanted to make something that's easy, quick and wholesome. And voila, that's the outcome. It's really super easy to make and you can get all ingredients in your local supermarket. It's the perfect mix of a filling, yet healthy meal. Great after the gym when you need to get your protein and energy levels up or on other days when you want to finish off the contents of your fridge (for some reason I always have peppers, courgette and smoked tofu in my fridge). This meal can be equally enjoyed in summer (the ingredients are all seasonal) or in winter as a warming meal. And I find polenta is such an underused ingredient, when seasoned right it can be super tasty.

 

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Smoked tofu ratatouille on polenta

 

Normally you also have to add an eggplant but I didn't. I do love the taste of them but I find they need soooo much oil and they take longer to cook. So this is my easier version of a ratatouille.

 

tofu ratatoille close up

 

Smoked tofu is one of my staple ingredients at home. Once you fry it in a bit of oil it gets a bit crispy and it's a versatile and healthy protein source.

 

creamy smoked tofu ratatoille

 

Food for me always needs to speak to all senses. And I just love the golden colour of polenta! It just makes my mouth water.




INGREDIENTS (3-4 portions):

 

Step 1 ratatouille ingredients:

  • 1 block of smoked tofu
  • 1 finely chopped onion

Step 2 ratatouille ingredients:

  • 1 cubed red pepper
  • 1 cubed green pepper
  • 1 cubed yellow pepper
  • 2 cubed courgettes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 veggie stock cube
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 l water

Step 3 Polenta ingredients:

  • 150g quick cook polenta
  • 1 veggie stock cube
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 600ml boiling water

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METHOD:

 

Step 1:

Cut a block of smoked tofu into small cubes and finely chop 1 onion.

Sauté in some oil on high heat until the onion has softened. 

 

Step 2:

Then finely dice one red, green and yellow pepper, cube 2 courgettes and throw all of them into the pan as well. Then add all other ingredients from step 2 and cook for 15 - 20 minutes.

 

Step 3:

While the smoked tofu ratatouille is cooking cook the polenta. I always get quick cook polenta (Sainsburys only sell the quick cook one I think). Add 150g of the polenta to a pan, then add 1 veggie stock cube, 1 tsp minced garlic and 600ml of boiling water. Cook for 3-5 minutes (I always cook for 5 minutes). If needed add some water (polenta thickens up quickly, especially when it cools down).

 

Plate the polenta first and then add the smoked tofu ratatouille on top.

Enjoy!

 

And if you love polenta why not try my delicious polenta pizza with tahini sauce.

 

polenta pizza with tahini sauce drizzled on it


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