Makes 4 servings
1 lb extra-firm tofu, cut into 8 (1/4-in thick) slabs
1/4 cup light agave nectar
1/2 cup shoyu soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 2 limes
11/2 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 canned 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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