Serves 4 / A spicy cilantro pesto gives broiled tofu a zesty lift. Try grilling the tofu, if you prefer. Serving tip: Accompany with bowls of simple miso soup and soba noodles tossed in toasted sesame oil for a fast, healthy meal.
1 14- to 16-ounce package firm tofu, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 3-inch segment fresh ginger, unpeeled
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons low-sodium tamari
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
1. Preheat broiler. Cut tofu lengthwise into 8 slices and pat dry between several layers of paper towels. Lightly coat a baking sheet with sesame oil. Arrange tofu in a single layer and brush tops with remaining sesame oil. Broil 6 inches from heat until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Turn and broil other side until golden, 6–8 minutes.
2. While tofu is broiling, grate ginger onto a small plate. Squeeze pulp into a food processor to extract juice; discard pulp. Add cilantro, tamari, toasted sesame oil, honey, garlic, and white pepper. Process for 1 minute, until smooth.
3. Transfer tofu with a slotted spatula to a platter and top each slice with cilantro-ginger sauce. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and serve immediately.
PER SERVING: 169 cal, 67% fat cal, 13g fat, 1g sat fat, 0mg chol, 8g protein, 7g carb, 1g fiber, 139mg sodium