Cauliflower Tofu Tagine with Figs

Valley Fig Growers

A tagine full of vegan cauliflower tofu tagine with figs

Add a boost of nutrition and flavor to this hearty vegan stew with figs. It’s the perfect meal for cozy evenings!

Recipe by Annelies Zijderveld for Valley Fig Growers

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 ounces firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Mission or Golden Figs, cut in half
  • 3 teaspoons agave
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3 cups cauliflower, broken down into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons preserved lemon, seeds removed + chopped
  • 1/3 cup picholine olives, pitted
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup almonds, toasted
  • Cooked organic brown rice

Serves 6-8
Total Cook Time: 1 hour

METHOD

  1. Press the firm tofu between two paper towel-lined plates with a plate on top weighted down with something heavy like a cookbook or saucepan to drain the tofu for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour boiling water over the figs. Stir in agave, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside. Hydrate the figs for 15 minutes.
  3. Chop the onion and green bell pepper. Drizzle olive oil into a tagine, Dutch oven, or deep oven-safe dish. Set over medium heat and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, slice the pressed tofu into 1-inch rectangles. Set aside.
  5. Into the oven-safe dish, add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, and coriander, stirring continuously and tempering the spices until aromatic, about 1 minute. Toss the cauliflower and tofu into the spiced oil to coat. Add preserved lemon, olives, figs (and soaking liquid), broth, and parsley. Bring to a boil. Cover and transfer the dish to the oven to cook for 40 minutes. Serve with rice or couscous.

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