Grilled Organic Tofu steak with parsnips puree, green and yellow zucchini tagliatelle

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by Chef Eric Damidot

To serve 4 pp.

4              6 oz. Organic Tofu steak

2              medium size green zucchini

2              medium size yellow zucchini

½             Extra virgin olive oil

1              whole lemon

Parsnips Ingredients:

10           medium parsnips (4 pounds total), peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch-thick slices

12           tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) Coconut Butter

½             cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth

½             cup Flax Seed Milk

1              tablespoon fine sea salt

2              teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

In heavy large pot combine parsnips with enough cold water to cover. Remember to salt the water. Place over moderately high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Drain.

Working in small batches while the parsnip is still hot using a vita-mix mixer to puree the hot parsnips, coconut butter and Flax Seed Milk. Transfer to large serving dish, stir in salt and pepper, and serve immediately

Zucchini Tagliatelle

Using a mandolin (or peeler if you do not have a mandolin) make some tagliatelle with the green and the yellow zucchini.

Keep them separate and ice water while you are grilling the Tofu steak

When the Tofu Steak are nice and crispy outside and hot inside, start the zucchini salad, drained same amount of green and yellow zucchini and mixed them with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Display your plate with the parsnip puree at the bottom of the plate, either keep your Tofu steak whole or slice it, and finish up with the zucchini salad.

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