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Tofu Cacciatore

Tofu can be used to replace chicken in many traditional dishes. It, of course, does not need to be cooked as chicken does, but just added close to the end of the cooking time. Following is an example of replacing chicken with tofu.

- 4 tbsp (60 ml) olive oil
- 1 pkg firm tofu, cut into cubes
(press tofu between paper towels to remove the moisture)
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) green pepper, chopped
- 1 can (7 /12 ounces, 225 ml) tomato sauce
- 2 cups (480 ml) canned or fresh tomatoes
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp (2 ml) dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf

Cook the shallot, onion, and green pepper in half the olive oil until the onion has softened. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except the tofu), cover and simmer for 30 - 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown the tofu cubes on all sides in the remaining olive oil over a medium heat. Add the tofu to the sauce for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove the bay leaf. Serve with rice. Serves 4.