Looking For A Meal To Grill for Father’s Day Or Any Day This Summer With No Meat?


Father’s day is coming up on June 19th and the first day of Summer is the 20th. So that means it’s time to start thinking about pulling the grill out.grill

Move over beef, chicken and ribs, how about tofu for a cookout? With this recipe you basically grill a tofu steak. I know there are lots of people who think tofu tastes gross. Well, those people apparently haven’t cooked it the right way. Tofu basically takes on the taste of whatever spices or sauce you use. It can be delicious and is very healthy for you as well. It can lower your cholesterol, is rich in calcium and vitamin E and it’s loaded with protein.tofu

In this recipe for coconut rice with grilled tofu, you’ll use shredded coconut, coconut oil and coconut milk. Yes, coconut pretty good for you too. It is high in fiber and has amino acids.coconut

Be prepared! This will take you about an hour in the kitchen for prep time. When it comes to your family, especially your father in June, it is well worth the time and energy. Enjoy something different this Summer and of course that vegan thing.dad


1 package extra-firm or firm tofu

Cooking oil, for brushing

Sprinkle of alt

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1 cup brown rice

1 can light coconut milk

2 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp coconut oil

Sprinkle of nutmeg

Pineapple salsa

Barbecue sauce of your choice

Mint leaves for garnish


Remove tofu from package and rinse with water. Press the tofu to drain water. After pressing, slice the tofu block down the middle, lengthwise, to make two halves. Now slice each piece diagonally to make 4 triangles. Brush each side with cooking oil and then season generously.

Preheat oven to 300. Toast shredded coconut for 8 to 12 minutes, until golden. After baked, set aside. Rinse brown rice in colander and then place into a medium-sized pot. Add one can coconut milk (equal to 13/4 cups), then stir.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes or until most of the coconut milk is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat, keep lid on and let it “steam” for another 10 minutes or so. Stir in brown sugar and coconut oil.

When it is ready, garnish with toasted shredded coconut.

To barbecue the tofu, grease the grill with a cooking oil or spray. Heat the tofu for 5 minutes on each side. While you are grilling, brush on your favorite barbecue sauce.

To serve, put coconut rice on a plate and sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg. Add grilled tofu next and then spoon over a generous amount of pineapple salsa. Sprinkle everything with more toasted coconut and garnish with mint leaves.

Jeff Peterson

About Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson anchors Good Day Maine on CBS 13 from 4:30-7:00a.m and on FOX 23 from 7:00-8:00am. Back in 2012, he decided to become vegan. Jeff has lost over 50 pounds and his cholesterol has dropped dramatically. Besides having kids, It's the best decision he's ever made.