Healthy Lunch Ideas: Tofu burger

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Grilled Lemon-Basil Tofu Burgers


Marinated tofu slices acquire a golden crust when grilled; the olive-garlic mayonnaise on the sandwich adds a Mediterranean flavor. Serve with grilled asparagus.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 pound firm or extrafirm tofu, drained
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
  • 6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 1 cup trimmed watercress

Preparation

Combine first 8 ingredients and 3 garlic cloves in a small bowl. Cut tofu crosswise into 6 slices. Pat each square dry with paper towels. Place tofu slices on a jelly-roll pan. Brush both sides of tofu slices with lemon juice mixture; reserve remaining juice mixture. Let tofu stand 1 hour.

Prepare grill.

Place tofu slices on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill for 3 minutes on each side. Brush tofu with the reserved juice mixture.

Combine remaining 1 minced garlic clove, chopped olives, sour cream, and mayonnaise in a small bowl; stir well. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture over bottom half of each hamburger bun; top each serving with 1 tofu slice, 1 tomato slice, about 2 tablespoons watercress, and top half of bun.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
276 (37% from fat)
Fat:
11.3g (sat 1.9g,mono 5.7g,poly 2.2g)
Protein:
10.5g
Carbohydrate:
34.5g
Fiber:
1.5g
Cholesterol:
5mg
Iron:
2.4mg
Sodium:
743mg
Calcium:
101mg

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