Za'atar Spiced Broiled Tofu

Soy: a staple among the many controversial health topics. For every article that comes out against soy, you'll find equal in favor. Here's my brief two cents. Read everything critically. Many studies focus on soy protein isolates, rather than whole food soy. When something is in an isolated form, it is unnaturally processed and concentrated, also concentrating its good and bad qualities. Soybeans in their natural state are an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins, calcium, and protein. It would be extremely tough to eat to consume the amount of natural soy equivalent to that of soy protein isolate in say a commercial soy protein shake.

But buyer beware, even some "natural" blocks of tofu contain soy protein isolate as an ingredient to up the protein content of their products in a protein obsessed consumer market. A quick glance at the ingredient list should easily indicate whether or not it is a wise purchase for your health. It should consist of a short list (a good rule of thumb regardless of the product): water, organic soybeans (sprouted soybeans is an added plus!), and salt for a natural preservative. While buying organic can add up, I do believe that soy is a top priority organic purchase given that soy is one of the most heavily genetically modified crops. Organic tofu is still a far cheaper option than even non organic meats and when cooked according to the recipe that follows, I bet even the most diehard carnivores will enjoy this dish!

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Ingredients:
1 package tofu
1/3 cup coconut aminos
Za'atar spice to taste (or sub seasoning of choice)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 500F. Drain water from tofu package. Slice in half, and then make 3-4 more slices from each half.
2. Wrap each slice in paper towel or cheesecloth.
3. Put cans, cookbooks, or something else heavy over the wrapped tofu to squeeze out all excess liquid (This step is so important to the consistency, which I know is often a complaint of tofu. This will help it obtain a heartier texture and absorb the seasoning for maximum flavor).
4. Lay slices in a single layer in a container or tray and pour coconut aminos and spices over them.
5. Let sit in the fridge overnight if possible (longer it sits, the more flavor it will absorb, but you can also bake it right away).
6. Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and broil for about 10-15 minutes per side, depending on how crispy you like it.