Tofu and vegetable parcels
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Time to make:
40 mins (Hands-on time: 15 mins, Cooking time: 25 mins)
$5.08 per serve
(at time of publication)
Full ingredients list:
- 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
- 1 tablespoon reduced-salt soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 x 125g slices firm tofu
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
- 250g snow peas, trimmed, thinly sliced
- 250g green beans, trimmed, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 200g soba noodles
Nutritional information (per serve)
Instructions and steps:
Step 1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Place metal baking tin into oven to heat.
Step 2 Combine sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a medium bowl. Add tofu slices and coat with mixture.
Step 3 Cut four 30cm x 50cm sheets of baking paper. Place a piece of tofu in the centre of each and add green onion, capsicum, snow peas and green beans to parcels. Drizzle over any remaining sauce and sesame oil. Roll up top and twist sides of baking paper to form parcels. Place onto heated baking tin and cook for 20–25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender-crisp and tofu is heated through.
Step 4 Meanwhile, cook soba noodles according to packet instructions. Serve with the tofu parcels.
Why cook in parcels?
Cooking in a baking paper or foil parcel, or in a plastic oven bag, can be a simple and nutritious alternative to other cooking methods. The parcels act as a mini steam oven, allowing you to cook meat and vegetables evenly in one bag and infuse the contents of the bag with a rich aromatic flavour.
More importantly, cooking in a bag seals in moisture and reduces the amount of oils and fats needed – ideal for preparing heart-healthy meals. This method of cooking is perfect for quick family dinners as well as easy entertaining.
For fuss-free parcel cooking, follow these easy tips:
- You can use kitchen string, paper clips or a metal skewer to keep your parcels together.
- Seal your parcels well to keep the steam inside and be careful when opening them, as the steam will be very hot.
- If cooking paper parcels for a dinner party, preprepare each parcel and pop them into the oven as your guests arrive.
- Serve meals straight from the oven, still in their paper parcels for great dinner party presentation.
About this recipe
First published: May 2012