Cilantro Zest Quinoa Tofu

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I love bridal showers.  The “oooing!” and the “ahhing!”  And making the ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal dinner, which I always volunteer to do! 


Doesn’t Nicole make a beautiful bride-to-be?  And actually, she plans to carry her ribbon bouquet during the 10K we’re doing together on the morning of her bachelorette (in September)!


Her grandma hosted the cutest bridal shower today.  The food – pimento cheese sammies, fresh fruit and whipped cream, homemade hummus, pita chips, and spicy peanuts – was so tasty and so Southern.  Yum!


Nicole promised there would be pound cake, and pound cake there was!  With super thick globs of icing.  Hello, delicious sugar crash.


Nicole unwrapped presents – I got her an electric kettle (love!) and a copy of Mama Pea’s amazing and beautiful cook book – and then we drove home in a serious sugar coma from the pound cake.  Bridal showers are the best!


Somehow, in a sugary haze, I managed to cook dinner.  This one is a goodie…  Very citrusy and flavorful.


Cilantro Zest Quinoa Tofu


Ingredients (for two servings): 


  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed (if necessary)




  • Preheat oven to 375 and grease a large glass casserole dish (or cookie sheet).
  • Remove tofu from the package and slice into thin, 1/2 inch slices.  Place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Combine olive oil, water, cilantro, nutritional yeast, and lemon in food processor until smooth (to get the maximum amount of juice out of the lemon, microwave it for 45 seconds before slicing and squeezing).  Drizzle over tofu and place in oven.  Set oven timer for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, using the slicing attachment on the food processor or by making cuts with a knife, shred the zucchini and carrots into very thin silvers.  Place in wok.  When 15 minutes are remaining on the tofu, pour 1/4 cup water into wok on top of veggies, cover with lid, and cook on high.
  • Bring small pot of water to boil.  Add in quinoa and cook for 5 minutes (per these directions).  Drain and fluff.
  • Remove tofu from oven and chop into thin pieces with a knife.
  • In a bowl, combine quinoa, vegetables, and tofu.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Serve and enjoy!


I promise – if you like cilantro, you will love this dish.


Time to get in bed.  Have a wonderful Sunday night.


PS – Updated the Olympic Triathlon recap with some new race pics!



  • Jenn's Adventures August 7, 2011, 10:28 pm

    YUM!! I actually LOVE cilantro and will definitely be making this!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Erin @ Bishella August 7, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I have discovered that cilantro is one of my least favorite things thanks to your blog. Not that it’s a bad thing! You have really encouraged me step out of my comfort zone and discover lots of things I do love. Isn’t that what matters most? 🙂

  • Janelle August 7, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Electric Kettle = best gift ever. They are so popular in Australia (where my hubby is from) that we had to get one when we moved back here.

  • Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 7, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Cilantro used to be one of those things I HATED, but now I’m kind of getting used to it. That dish also looks like it would be great with basil or parsley!

  • Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde August 7, 2011, 10:48 pm

    Love everything zesty, but don’t love cilantro 😛 Its one of those things you love or hate!
    Ohhhh electric kettles are the best, though i do miss the whistle 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 7, 2011, 11:12 pm

    I love cilantro! People are either in the love or hate category with it and I’m definitely in the former. How did you get it in that perfect shape?

    • Caitlin August 8, 2011, 3:53 pm

      Pack it into a bowl and then turn it upside down on a plate!

  • megan August 7, 2011, 11:14 pm

    wahh i wish i liked quinoa!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 7, 2011, 11:37 pm

    I love the way that quinoa and tofu looks! So pretty, and impressive for being in a sugary haze. 🙂

    Pimento cheese sandwich sounds sooo good!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 8, 2011, 12:23 am

    Oooh, I do love cilantro! This looks delicious 🙂

  • Mama Pea August 8, 2011, 1:22 am

    You are so sweet! What an awesome gift…thank you!

    And I’m so making that tofu/quinoa dish 🙂

  • Khushboo August 8, 2011, 1:41 am

    That cake looks delicious- actually the whole spread sounds great!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 8, 2011, 5:14 am

    Yummy, some good eats there! 🙂

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 8, 2011, 6:18 am

    Nothing better than some good ol’ southern bridal shower food!

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 8, 2011, 6:21 am

    YUMMY spread! Looks like you had a great time! Definately jealous of that gift! I need a new electric kettle and would love someone to get me a copy of the Mama Pea cookbook!

  • Lauren August 8, 2011, 6:57 am

    I love the food at showers. Its always so girly and delicious. 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 8, 2011, 6:59 am

    Great choice on a gift! I love my electric kettle so much. I use it at least once per day.

    Pound cakes are so delicious — the sugar crash is worth it!

  • Errign August 8, 2011, 7:19 am

    Yum. I’ve been loving on both cilantro and grain based dishes lately. My go to lunch for work has been steamed kale, topped with quinoa or brown rice and a couple of crumbled veggie burgers. 🙂

  • CJ @ August 8, 2011, 7:43 am

    I feel like pound cake is the perfect summer party dessert! With some berries it sounds even better!

  • Kelly August 8, 2011, 7:50 am

    I am confused because I swear I thought Nicole got married. I thought you did a DIY post on how to make a flower bouquet. ????

    • Caitlin August 8, 2011, 3:54 pm

      She had a legal, but not spiritual, wedding. Her real wedding is on October.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 8, 2011, 8:35 am

    I love cilantro so your dinner looks fantastic to me!

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 8, 2011, 8:42 am

    Bridal shower story: My friend took the boquet job a few years ago at a shower. At one point she declared aloud that she was the “bow Nazi.” When we left the shower, I asked if she picked up on the fact that the hosting family is Jewish.

    • Caitlin August 8, 2011, 3:54 pm


  • Sarah@The Flying ONION August 8, 2011, 9:16 am

    I am in love with all things cilantro. I’m also in love with quinoa. I am so making this dish. 😀

    I love bridal showers as well. Such a cute spread of food! 😀

  • Mary August 8, 2011, 9:43 am

    I have an electric Kettle and LOVE it!

    How fun she’s going to carry the ribbon bouquet! Is she going to wear her cute tiara too?

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) August 8, 2011, 11:20 am

    Found a funny typo…”shred the zucchini and glasses into very thin silvers”

    perhaps glasses = carrots?? 🙂

    • Amber K August 8, 2011, 12:46 pm

      lol, carrots! I knew it wasn’t supposed to be glasses, but my morning brain was still upon me and I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be!

    • Jenn August 8, 2011, 2:23 pm

      Hahah- I saw that too! I love finding these kind of typos on blogs- they’re like little hilarious easter eggs! lol

    • Caitlin August 8, 2011, 3:57 pm

      Whoopppppppppppppps. Correcting now!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 8, 2011, 2:23 pm

    I think you’re one of the few who enjoy bridal showers. I feel like most women think they’re sooo boring (maybe that’s just me! ;)). I love cilantro. Mmmm!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 8, 2011, 3:33 pm

    pound cake sounds DELICIOUS! I think I would live off of cake if I could!

  • Ruby August 8, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Pound cake is awesome stuff!

  • Jolene ( August 9, 2011, 2:58 am

    I love bridal showers too!!! My sister is getting married on Friday – eeeeeeeeeeek!

  • Kim in MD August 9, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight – it was delicious and I cannot wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

    • CaitlinHTP August 10, 2011, 8:51 am

      so glad you liked it!

  • The Healthy Apple August 9, 2011, 10:14 pm

    This looks beautiful; love this gluten-free dish!

  • Fit Chick Britt August 10, 2011, 10:11 pm

    holy moly! just saw this post. must make ASAP.

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