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Eat for Eight Bucks: Sesame Scallion Tofu

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Heaping 1/3 cup arame (bulk): $0.60
1/2 bunch scallions (pro-rated): $0.50
12-ounce package firm tofu: $2.20
1/2 Savoy cabbage: $1.35
1 carrot: $0.25
Cilantro: $1.00

Pantry items: Panko or bread crumbs, sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, pepper, oil, mayonnaise, rice vinegar, sugar, rice.

Total cost (for 4 portions): $5.90

Mark Bittman calls this dish "Tofu Burgers, Asian-style," but since I can't really imagine eating these sesame scallion tofu patties on a bun I have re-christened them. Tofu is usually not greeted warmly at my house, and while I can't say I've received requests for a repeat of this meal, it was at least acknowledged to be better than plain old sautéed bean curd. Me, I thought it was quite yummy, especially over white rice with extra soy sauce.

Even my tofu skeptics could not resist the seaweed-laced slaw, which was deemed excellent by all. I bought my arame in bulk and can't say how much more expensive an entire bag would have been, but if you end up with a bunch of extra seaweed and don't want to make these dishes again, Bittman says you can simply toss it into other salads—even without soaking, if you have time to let it sit and absorb some dressing. I didn't have any cilantro but wished I had. Don't skip it unless you have to.

Sesame Scallion Tofu Patties

-serves 4

Adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

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