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Tofu Breakfast Scramble

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What does this picture remind you of?  Scrambled eggs, right?  Well…not quite!  It is actually tofu!  Tofu is often used as a substitute for meat in vegetarian and vegan dishes, but did you know that it makes a great substitute for scrambled eggs?  I have read about and heard of people making tofu scrambles for breakfast since becoming a vegetarian.  It may have taken me a year, but I finally got to it and whipped up a tofu breakfast scramble, served two ways.

Tofu Breakfast Scramble

Servings: approximately 3


water, for cooking
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
1 package of extra firm tofu, drained (I also pressed it, but this is optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
EVOO cooking spray
1 large handful of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1-2 tsp sriracha sauce
2 TB nutritional yeast


1. Line a large skillet with a thin layer of water.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Lower the heat to medium and add garlic, onions, and peppers to the skillet.  Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

2. Crumble tofu and add it to the skillet.  Add all of the seasonings and stir until well-combined.  Cook until the tofu is cooked through and beings to brown slightly.  Mine cooked for approximately 10 minutes.  Spray the tofu and vegetable mixture with EVOO cooking spray and/or add additional water, as needed, to prevent the ingredients from burning or sticking.

3. Add spinach, sriracha sauce, and nutritional yeast to the skillet.  Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.

4. Serve alone, or as a breakfast burrito or sandwich.

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I scooped a third of the tofu scramble onto a whole wheat Flat Out wrap…

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…topped it with salsa…

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…and wrapped it into a burrito.  This was one tasty breakfast, and the Tofu Breakfast Scramble absolutely resembled scrambled eggs very closely.  I could eat this in place of scrambled eggs any day.

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The next morning, I made a sweet and savory breakfast sandwich composed of the Tofu Breakfast Scramble (which, by the way, reheated perfectly), blackberry jam, and two slices of 100% whole wheat toasted bread.

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Cut diagonally, of course!

This Tofu Breakfast Scramble tastes delicious on its own, but also pairs nicely with whole wheat wraps and breads to make delicious breakfast entrees.  You sure cannot beat this flavorful, protein-packed, and dairy-free breakfast component.  You can bet that I will definitely be making this again!

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  • quartercenturysouthernliving February 18, 2013, 8:24 pm
    I would definitely do this as a burrito! It looks so great! I feel like I could have this at any meal of the day. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
  • Sarah February 18, 2013, 8:28 pm
    how interesting! love it! tofu is so versatile. i made mousse with it once :)
  • Brittany February 18, 2013, 9:10 pm
    I've been wanting to make a tofu egg like scramble foreverrr. This looks sooo good.
  • jessielovestorun February 18, 2013, 9:13 pm
    I've made tofu scramble burritos many times.. so good :)
  • Courtney @ Star Systemz February 19, 2013, 12:02 am
    I've always wanted to try tofu scramble but always nervous to do it. I have had it at Mothers market and loved it so maybe this post is what I needed in order to just go for it! Have you ever grilled tofu in coconut oil? Its my new favorite thing! Love + Shine Courtstar
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 7:56 pm
      You definitely need to try making it at home. It is SUPER simple! And no, I have never tried that, but I love using coconut oil in cooking so that sounds fantastic. Thanks for the idea :).
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 19, 2013, 7:47 am
    I've made several tofu scrambles and none of them have been right (prettttty certain my boyfriend flat out cried at one). Yours looks pretty solid, can't wait to give it a try
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan February 19, 2013, 8:38 am
    I'm always looking to incorporate more protein into my breakfast and this looks like a great way to do it!
  • Running In Heels February 19, 2013, 11:12 am
    This is definitely interesting!! I might have to try it!
  • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 19, 2013, 11:43 am
    Rehoboth beach, DE has a great place called GreenMan Juice Bar and Bistro that serves tofu scrambles. I tried the tofu scramble on a whole wheat wrap for the first time this past summer, when I was there on vacation with my family. Let's just say, I was sold! I'm holding on to your recipe to bring tofu scrambles back into my life!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 7:58 pm
      That sounds like a great restaurant! You should most definitely try making it at home :).
  • Kristin February 19, 2013, 12:08 pm
    Ooooh! Love the recipes I'm finding here :-). Just found your blog today...so nice to "meet" you!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 8:00 pm
      Thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind words. I hope you find some recipes that interest you :).
  • Nicole February 19, 2013, 1:25 pm
    This looks so good! I love eating tofu out but have yet to make it at home, it kind of intimidates me
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 8:01 pm
      I totally understand. I was really intimidated at first, but then I realized that preparing it can be really simple. This is definitely a simple tofu recipe. I hope you give it a try!
  • lifeandfitnessbyashley February 19, 2013, 1:45 pm
    This is such a good idea. I always buy tofu and never know what to do with it so I end up wasting most of it.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 8:01 pm
      This is SUCH a perfect way to use up leftover tofu. You could absolutely cut the recipe in half and just make 1-2 servings.
  • Rach @ This Italian Family February 19, 2013, 2:16 pm
    I always cut diagonally too! I'm not sure why, haha! I feel like it makes my sandwich halves bigger. :P I've never tried tofu for breakfast, but it sure looks good!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 8:02 pm
      Diagonals are the best! ;) This was the first time that I had had tofu for breakfast. It did not disappoint!
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen February 19, 2013, 3:17 pm
    What a great idea! I bet it stays fresher the next day too compared to eggs. I've used flax seed and water as an egg substitute too. Who knew there were so many substitutes for basic foods? :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 19, 2013, 8:03 pm
      I know, it is crazy! As a vegetarian who eats vegan a lot, I totally appreciate it. It makes cooking a lot easier for me.
  • letsgetupandlive February 19, 2013, 5:28 pm
    Mmmh, looks great! It's been quite a while since I last had scrambled tofu though it's been on my cooking list for a while know. Silken tofu is my preference here as I've found it to be even more eggy :).
  • Giselle Schroer February 19, 2013, 7:01 pm
    I really enjoy tofu scrambles but never make them. The first time I had one I didn't realize that the tofu was the egg substitute when I ordered it. I was confused why there was no egg too!
  • kaityscooking February 19, 2013, 8:10 pm
    i love tofu scrambles, they are so filling.. diagonally is always the way to cut haha
  • Lacee May 22, 2014, 10:50 pm
    Just made this and it's delicious. I'll definitely be having it for lunch tomorrow!

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