What to do with those poblano peppers? I bought a few of them a few days ago, not quite knowing what I was going to do with them, and decided to try stuffing them with a breakfast tofu scramble. It worked great! Let's not keep these just for breakfast and brunch though, these can be eaten any time of day. They happen to be my lunch and dinner the day I cooked these up. This was fairly simple to prepare and absolutely delicious! The peppers were soft and tender, not too hot and the combination of everything filled me up perfectly. Feel free to sub in whatever veggies you prefer or have available in the fridge. I love tofu scrambles because they are so versatile, you can add pretty much whatever you like as the tofu will take on the flavors of all the other ingredients and pairs well with most vegetables. I kept the seasoning very minimal, using only nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper. It really didn't need much and I was happy with the simplicity, letting the poblano come through, just be sure to season it well with the ingredients listed. Topping this with a bit of sriracha cashew cream or other cashew based cheese sauce lends another level of wonderfulness. Or simply top with salsa or any hot sauce you like. I also paired mine with some warmed corn tortillas and sliced avocado. Keep it simple or go all out!
A look at before and after roasting the peppers, before peeling the skin off. I roasted my peppers under the broiler. These happen to be really nice sized peppers. The glass dish on the right is a 9x13, giving you the idea of just how big they were. If you only have smaller ones, use 6 to 8 depending on the size. The scramble filled up all four of these with a few bites left over.
Change up the vegetables to suit your personal taste. Sub in zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, green onions, softened sun-dried tomatoes to name a few. You can never have enough vegetables in my opinion. Use as much as you like of everything!
Tofu Scramble Stuffed Poblano Peppers
- 4 large poblano peppers or 6 small
- 1 block (15 oz) firm or extra firm organic tofu, drained and pressed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced (use any color you prefer or have on hand)
- 8 oz mushrooms, sliced (I used baby bella)
- 1 small bell pepper, diced (any color)
- handful grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- mineral salt & cracked pepper, to taste
- sriracha cashew cream, to serve
- avocado slices, to serve
Roast your poblano peppers one of two ways.
- Roast in pre-heated oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or so on a cookie sheet, turning half way in between to flip peppers over.
- Roast your peppers in the broiler on low for 7 - 10 minutes on each side. Or until the skin of the peppers are lightly charred and bubbly. Ovens may very so keep watch and adjust times to suit your needs. (This was my preferred method of roasting as shown in the photo above.)
Once done, remove from oven. Let cool a few minutes in a baking dish covered with saran wrap. Remove any loose skin off the peppers. Gently slice each poblano pepper, making a slit down the center of one side, without cutting into the other side. Remove seeds, leave a few for heat if you like. Careful not to touch the seeds with your hands, use rubber gloves if you can. (The capsaicin will linger on your fingers and may burn, do not touch your eyes. Rub fingers in olive oil for one minute and rinse to help remove the capsaicin). Let peppers sit covered tightly until ready to stuff.
While peppers are roasting, drain and press your tofu. To press tofu, place block of tofu in a clean kitchen towel that is folded at least doubled, place on hard surface and top with a heavy pot/book for about 15 minutes.
In a large skillet/wok, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, cook for 4-5 minutes, add in mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic powder, cook for another 4 minutes or so. Add tofu while crumbling with your fingers. Add in the nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Be sure to taste and add plenty more garlic powder, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss and cook another 3 - 4 minutes until tofu is heated through.
Scoop tofu mixture into peppers. If the peppers need to be heated, using the same baking dish you cooled the peppers in, place under broiler on low for a minute or two, watching closely so nothing burns.
Serve with a drizzle or dollop of cashew cream and avocado slices. Salsa would also be great. I also loved having some warmed corn tortillas on the side as well. Might I also suggest pairing it with some Perfect Hash Browns from Olives For Dinner. Lot's of ways to make it great...