Tofu Lettuce Wraps- *The Pawlowski Tofu Challenge*

     I can be pretty adventurous—whether that be with food and recipes, travel, outdoor activities-- you name it…  That being said, I have made it my life’s mission to make those who might be slightly less adventurous face their fears and try something new.

     My parents are two of these people when it comes to certain foods.  Growing up, the Pawlowski diet didn’t generally include things like tofu, quinoa, seitan, etc.  Mostly because growing up in a small rural area, you don’t have access to some of these items at the local grocery.  A few years ago when I found that I loved tofu, I decided that they should love it too! (Especially since my dad, a farmer, grows soybeans!)  I set out to make this happen—although I didn’t realize at the time how difficult that seemingly simple goal would be to accomplish.
     I have tried a variety of different recipes with the hope that they will love the dish (many of which I sneak in the tofu, in some way, shape or form without them knowing), just waiting for the day that I will finally have the satisfaction of being able to shout “Gotcha!  You just said you liked this and GUESS WHAT?!?! It has tofu in it!!”.  Unfortunately, I still haven’t had the opportunity to do that.  I have put it in dips, soups, stir-frys with no luck.  After all these years trying to convince them to enjoy my tofu recipes, I have FINALLY found a winner:  Tofu Lettuce Wraps by the Pioneer Woman.  It’s easy, only takes a few ingredients and can be whipped up in a flash with the help of my handy dandy tofu press.

Pioneer Woman's "Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps"
     First thing’s first… the TOFU XPRESS!  It is by far the best “unnecessary” kitchen gadget that I’ve ever purchased!  I used to go through rolls of paper towels and would have to create ridiculous ways to press the tofu with things like pots and pans, soup cans for weights or whatever else I could find.  NOT ANYMORE!  Introducing—the Tofu Xpress:

So easy-- just put it in and walk away.  Perfectly pressed tofu every time!  I cannot sing it’s praises enough!

     Anyways, back to the “Pawlowski Tofu Challenge”.  When I announced on a recent trip home that I would be making tofu there was a considerable amount of grumbling.  Although skeptical they both gave it a fair shot and my efforts FINALLY paid off!!  They truly liked it and between the 3 of us, finished the entire recipe!

This is a great recipe for anyone who isn't quite sure about tofu yet and wants to try it.  
Come on-- I dare you! TRY IT!!  
Thanks Ree Drummond for the recipe that finally won my parents over!


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