Spice Level: not hot
I was reminded of this entree in the second fine dining restaurant that I worked in after culinary school. The harmony that happens when all these flavours are found in one dish, now fully plant based and topped with a cauliflower potato mash. Though often criticized due to traumatizing childhood experiences from an older relatives version, this revamped classic should never be forgotten.
Follow timing on MANNA package, this time varies by +/- 3 minutes depending on how hot your oven is calibrated and how cold your fridge is. You want to ensure that the internal temperature reaches about 165°F/74°C, piping hot. Carefully cut desired portions from disposable dish, gently transfer to plate and a light drizzle of truffle olive oil. Also goes great with a side salad as well to keep portions lighter.
This dish is rich in protein, fibre, vitamins (A & B complex), and iron. Adding celery to this dish increases its anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract.
Protein: Tofu is a complete protein and provides all the essential amino acids allowing the body to form proteins necessary for growth & development.
Fibre: Fibre dense legumes (lentils & chickpeas), cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes feed friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. helping to maintain larger populations.
Vitamin A: Providing over 500% of the minimum daily requirement for Vitamin A, this dish supports immune and inflammatory functions throughout the digestive tract. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A.
B Vitamins: B vitamins are building blocks for a healthy body and help turn other nutrients into energy and maintain a healthy metabolism. Cauliflower and potatoes are rich in B vitamins.
Iron: Eating foods rich in iron such as tofu and lentils will help support transportation of vital oxygen throughout the body
*Daily nutritional values are obtained from the Canada Food Guide and are based on three primary daily meals with intermittent snacking.