Tal Ronnen's Agave Lime Grilled Tofu with Asian Slaw and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Chef Tal Ronnen has served his delicious vegan meals to A-list, 1-name celebrities like Oprah and Ellen. Now you can also dine like a star by whipping up these fresh, nutrient-rich and tasty recipes in your home. Click here to purchase your copy of The Conscious Cook.

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 lb extra-firm tofu, cut into 8 (1/4 inch thick) slabs
  • 1/4 cup light agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup shoyu soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lightly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp light agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 daikon radish, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 head napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1 scallion, julienned
  • 1/2 tsp mixed black and white sesame seeds
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup ground cashews
  • 2 tbsp all-natural buttery spread
  • 1 can chipotle pepper, seeded and minced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place the tofu in a single layer in a shallow nonreactive dish. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining tofu ingredients. Pour over the tofu and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 300 ° F. Lightly oil a baking sheet. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and arrange it in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 8 minutes.

Heat an outdoor grill or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Transfer the tofu slabs from the baking sheet to the grill and grill for 3 to 4 minutes, or until grill-marked. Turn the tofu over and generously brush with the glaze; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until grill-marked. Remove the tofu to the baking sheet, turning it over so the glazed side is down, and then glaze the top side.

Next, in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, agave nectar, salt, lime juice, and soy sauce. Continue whisking vigorously in one direction as you slowly pour in the oil in a thin stream until emulsified. Add the remaining slaw ingredients to the bowl and toss to coat.

Cook the sweet potatoes in a pot of boiling water for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain. Put the sweet potatoes, ground cashew, all-natural buttery spread, and chipotle pepper in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Alternatively, put the ingredients in a large bowl and use a handheld mixer. Whip on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble the dish, place one quarter of the sweet potatoes in a scoop in the middle of a serving plate. Top with one quarter of the slaw. Place 2 tofu slices on top of the slaw or angled against the sweet potatoes and slaw. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Prep time: 1 hour, plus 2 hours marinating

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