Salt and Pepper Tofu

"I'm not a vegetarian, although I used to be one for 13 years, and even though I eat meat, I like to try to use meat sparingly. I love baked tofu, but most of the recipes I've come across are soy sauce marinades. I love the taste, but the sodium is just to high to do often. While looking for other tofu recipes, I found this one. With this recipe, they suggest sauteing in a pan. However, I like to bake mine. Just put some parchment paper down on a pan and bake until a little golden and crispy (usually about 20-30 min.) This is from the website"
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  • With a sharp knife, cut tofu, lengthwise into thirds. Place side-by-side on an absorbent towel and cover with an additional towel. Place a heavy pot on top of the towels to get as much water out of the tofu as possible. If you can let it set like that for 20-30 minutes, great. If not, just get out as much water as you can.
  • Cut tofu into 1" cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine jalapeño, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, sugar and five-spice powder. Stir well and add tofu cubes. Toss until tofu cubes are well coated on all sides.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil and add tofu (and spices). Cook on medium-low heat, 8 minutes, turning cubes every 1-2 minutes. Add green onions and cook an additional 2 minutes, until tofu is golden brown.

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I'm married to a great man, and 10 months ago we had our first child, Dylan. He is amazing! I teach English, so I feel like my time is torn between my students and my family. But food is my passion. I love finding meals that make my husband happy; I know that sounds so 1950's, but I swear I'm a feminist. I just enjoy pleasing people with my culinary creations. I'm always on the lookout for something that is easy to make, tastes great, and allows me to spend more quality time with my family rather than in the kitchen.
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