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  • 1 pounds - Tomatillos, Fresh
  • 1 - Poblano Pepper, large
  • 2 tablespoons - Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cups - Pumpkin Seeds, Raw, Unsalted
  • 5 - Peppercorns, Whole
  • 2 - Allspice, Whole
  • 1/2 teaspoons - Cumin Seed, Whole
  • 1 - Onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves - Garlic
  • 1 cups - Cilantro, Reserve a little for garnish
  • 1 cups - Vegetable Broth
  • 1 - Jalapeno Pepper , seeded & chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoons - Sea Salt
  • - Lime Wedges
  • - Cooked whole grain, Optional
  • 1 blocks - Tofu, Pressed
  • Directions:

    Press Tofu 4hours or overnight, cut in to serving size pieces. Preheat the broiler, Remove the paper outer layer from tomatillos then rinse in warm water to remove their natural stickiness. Pat dry and cut into quarters. Toss tomatillos, garlic, jalapeno and poblano with half the olive oil then roast in 375 degree oven on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds, peppercorns, allspice and cumin seeds and toast for 3 to 4 minutes then remove and set aside.

    In the same saute pan heat half the olive oil and add the chopped onions, cook until soft. Place the toasted spices, roasted tomatillos/peppers/garlic, onion, cilantro and salt into the blender with the vegetable broth and blend on high about 30 seconds--making the Pepian Sauce. Heat the remaining half of the olive oil in a skillet and cook the tofu until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Add Pepian sauce to skillet, covering tofu pieces. Bring to a simmer and cook until Tofu is warmed through. Serve in shallow bowls possibly over a cooked whole grain like quinoa or rice, garnish with lime wedges and reserved chopped cilantro.

    Brief Description

    Deliciously spicy but not too hot, this recipe is requested often by my husband.

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    Category:  Vegan

    Cuisine:  American


    The sauce is a recipe I got from Ellie Krieger on a food network show. I may have modified it a little (that's usually the case with me)

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    July 10, 2016

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