Turmeric Tofu Scramble
This turmeric tofu scramble is made with flavorful, nutrient-packed spices and is a wonderful plant-based alternative to your typical egg-centric breakfast.
The versatility of tofu continues to amaze me.
A few weeks ago, I shared with you guys my recipe for Vegan “Egg” Salad — a creamy, tangy take on the traditional lunch time favorite using tofu instead of actual eggs.
My meat-eating friends were surprised, “I had no idea you could do that!” one commented. My husband was slightly irritated, “When did you make that? And why didn’t you save any for me?!” I was ecstatic — another incredibly easy lunch or dinner that requires no pre-planning.
It reminded me that I had been under utilizing tofu at other meals — breakfast, specifically.
Now before I jump into this insanely easy Turmeric Tofu Scramble, I want to drop a little knowledge on you about soy.
News flash, tofu is made from fermented soy, and a lot of people are unnecessarily afraid of it (thank you for nothing, Gwyneth).
Soy gets a bad rap. From claims that it causes cancer and PCOS to accusations of its involvement in “man boobs” (sorry for that graphic image), online “experts” are constantly making unsubstantiated claims about soy.
I plan on writing a much more detailed post on this topic at a later date, but for now (to assuage your fears), I’ll give you the Cliff’s Notes.
Soy is good. People who eat soy have less chronic disease. Soy does not affect male fertility nor does it cause man boobs. In fact, soy is actually preventative against cancer — specifically breast cancer and prostate cancer.
People who tell you to avoid soy do not know what they are talking about. When you hear them make these claims, run in the opposite direction because it means that they take their info from Google instead of peer-reviewed research.
End of rant, back to the grub.
This incredibly easy tofu scramble is made by mixing a block of tofu with a bunch of tasty spices including turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin, and a bundle of bright, nutrient-dense vegetables.
You can use any veggies you like. Some of my favorites include bell peppers, spinach, onions, and mushrooms.
I add Shirataki mushrooms to my scramble to give the recipe even more velvety, egg-like texture. You can buy them raw or grab a bag of organic shrooms from the freezer aisle and run them under some water to defrost them right before you start cooking. I like to go this route because my mushrooms always seem to go bad before I get around to using them.
- 1 package of organic, extra-firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- ½ tablespoon turmeric
- ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup Shirataki mushrooms, diced
- 1 cup spinach
- Remove tofu from package and drain liquid. You can do this by wrapping the tofu in paper towels and pressing it.
- In a large bowl, break tofu into crumbled pieces and combine with spices.
- In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the remaining vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the tofu mixture and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Serve your tofu scramble with a side of roasted potatoes or hash browns and some heart-healthy avocado.
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Weigh in: Have you ever tried a tofu scramble? What are your thoughts on soy?
Kristina @ Love & Zest says:
Oh my! This looks SO good! It amazes me what you can do with Tofu! You make it look so good!
Whitney English says:
Thanks, Kristina! Yeah, I’m constantly learning new tricks!
amanda -runtothefinish says:
This was one of the first dishes I made when I took out eggs and sooooo badly wanted my big hearty breakfast!
Whitney English says:
Same!! It makes a great substitute though, right?!
Jessica @Nutritioulicious says:
Such a great way to use tofu! Looks delish!
I love tofu so much, but soy doesn’t love me! Even edamame gets to me if I eat too much of it…sad sad sad! But This look so great! I love the alternative for eggs!
I miss tofu so much, although I’ve been slowly trying to add it back in and see how I do. Tofu scrambles were something I didn’t eat much of though but adding in the turmeric and I’m there!!
Taylor Kiser says:
Love how easy this is! Looks so delicious! Filled with great flavors!
Sarah Remmer says:
Can’t wait to try this!
Jodi Robinson says:
Mmm tumeric in anything is delish!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:
Yay for turmeric! What a perfect way to start the day!
Emily Kyle says:
This looks so yummy! I don’t experiment with Tofu nearly enough, but I can see that the possibilities are endless!
Abbey Sharp says:
love using tumeric! Adds an awesome flavour and colour. This tofu scramble looks delicious!
EA - The Spicy RD says:
This looks delicious! It’s a great alternative for people who can’t, or choose not to, eat eggs. Just pinned-can’t wait to try this!
Stacey Mattinson says:
I have not tried a tofu scramble but I think I just might after this post!
Lindsey Pine says:
Looks so delicious! I love mixing it up and having a tofu scramble instead of eggs sometimes!
Kelsey l says:
Added to my list of meatless meals to try! Thank you!
The colors look amazing in this and great spices combo in this recipe. I love using Turmeric, so many benefits from it and nice eggs alternative recipe.
I would love to try this. I am looking for breakfast alternatives. Thank you for sharing this as I am looking for other ways to enjoy tofu. Will let you know how it goes.
It’s really looking so delicious! Thanks for such a great breakfast recipe.I Can’t wait to try this.
I watched your YouTube video on soy and it all makes sense. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on soy for people with thyroid problems. I’ve heard soy can negatively affect the thyroid in people whose thyroids aren’t functioning correctly. I ask because I’m vegetarian and love tofu! I’m also pregnant with twins and my Dr has put me on levothyroxine for pregnancy-induced hypothyroidism. Thanks!
Whitney E. RD says:
Hi Erin, congrats on your pregnancy! I actually did a post/video on soy and hypothyroidism as well. Check it out! https://www.whitneyerd.com/2017/12/soy-and-hypothyroidism.html