Makes: 4 servings
1 pound block firm tofu
1 cup (31g) chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons Swerve confectioners
1 whole (458g each) eggplant
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup sesame seeds (a mixture of black and white)
¼ cup soy sauce
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp steak seasoning
1.5 tsp soy sauce
2 egg whites
Preheat oven to 200°F. Remove the block of tofu from it's packaging and wrap with some paper towels. Place a plate on top of it and weigh it down. Let the tofu sit for a while to press some of the water out.
Season the tofu by brushing with soy sauce and sprinkling with a combining pepper, garlic powder, and steak seasoning. Season both sides.
Place about ¼ cup of cilantro, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and Swerve into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together.
Peel and julienne the eggplant. You can julienne roughly by hand like I did, or use a mandolin with a julienne attachment for more precise "noodles." Mix the eggplant with the marinade.
Add the tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the eggplant until it softens or according to texture preference. The eggplant will soak up all of the liquids, so if you have issues with it sticking to the pan, feel free to add a little bit more sesame or olive oil. Just be sure to adjust your nutrition tracking.
Turn the oven off. Stir the remaining cilantro into the eggplant then transfer the noodles to an oven safe dish. Cover with a lid, or foil, and place into the oven to keep warm. Wipe out the skillet and return to the stovetop to heat up again.
Unwrap the tofu then cut into 8 slices. Spread the sesame seeds on a plate. Dredge tofu in egg whites. Press both sides of each piece of tofu into the seeds.
Add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil to the skillet. Fry both sides of the tofu for 5 minutes each, or until they start to crisp up. Pour the ¼ cup of soy sauce into the pan and coat the pieces of tofu. Cook until the tofu slices look browned and caramelized with the soy sauce.
Remove the noodles from the oven and plate the tofu on top.
Serving size: 1 serving
Net carbs: 8.87g