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Grilled Miso Tofu & Veggie Kebabs + Lick Your Plate cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on May 21, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Miso Glazed Grilled Vegetables & Tofu

Happy long weekend, folks! Unlike Rob’s annual rainy prediction, I think we might luck out with sun all weekend long. Fire up your grills, plant your gardens, and start enjoying the summer. 🙂

Miso Glazed Grilled Vegetables & Tofu

Our inaugural BBQ dish this year were these grilled veggies and tofu kebabs with a miso marinade. Tofu and veg kebabs were prominent last summer because they are pretty easy so it was nice to try out a new flavour. Colourful veggies help the cause, but I went fairly basic with just zucchini (albeit the smaller Italian variety) and red peppers I had frozen last summer. Everything was marinated in the miso dressing and then tossed on the grill. Extra dressing after grilling is an important way to keep bold flavours, so use the extra dressing afterwards.

Another tip, if you look at the skewers from last summer, Rob preferred when I arranged the ingredients more vertical (as seen here). The skewers stuck less to the grill but took a bit longer to cook. We could also jam more veggies onto each skewer. 🙂

Lick Your Plate cookbook GIVEAWAY

The recipe is courtesy of Lick Your Platewhich is not at all a vegan cookbook, but had some vegan recipes that enticed me anyhow. Never one to shy away from trying a good vegan recipe, from any source, I am happy I was able to share it with you.

The recipes are simple, focusing on fresh flavours. Other recipes I want to try are the Tomato Quinoa Soup with Chickpea Crunch, Sugar Snap, Green Bean and Mint Couscous Salad, Asian Vegetable Stir-Fry, and the Crispy Tofu, Quinoa and Edamame Salad with Wonton Crisps. Some of the other meat recipes could be tempting with some simple swaps, too. The pictures are entcing while being simply yet bright and colourful.

Grilled Miso Tofu & Veggie Kebabs + Lick Your Plate cookbook GIVEAWAY

Recipes from Lick Your Plate spotted elsewhere:

Chewy S’Mores Pudding Cookies

Chunky Chocolate Pecan and Berry Granola

Falafel Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Miso Glazed Grilled Vegetables & Tofu

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in Canada (sorry, my international readers!). To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me about your plans for the weekend. The winner will be selected at random on June 7, 2016. Good luck!

PS. I am sharing this with Meatless Mondays.

Grilled Miso Tofu & Veggie Kebabs
Reprinted, with permission, from Lick Your Plate

Author’s note: When I think of food-on-a-stick, my mind instantly jumps to corn dogs, caramel apples and cotton candy. Unsurprisingly, Lisa skips over skewered fried butter and heads straight to fresh produce, fantastic flavors and a fired-up barbecue for these Grilled Miso Tofu & Veggie Kebabs. Marinated in a sweet and salty miso dressing and grilled until smoky and tender, these tofu, zucchini and pepper kebabs prove once again that despite sometimes being a stick-in-the-mud, Lisa’s always on the right end of the stick.

Kebab skewers (metal, wood or bamboo)


1/2 cup yellow miso paste
1/4 cup warm water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger


1 package (12 oz) extra-firm tofu, patted dry with paper towels
2 medium green zucchinis, cut into 24 thick round slices
2 medium yellow zucchinis, cut into 24 thick round slices
1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
1 yellow pepper, cut into large chunks

1. IF THE KEBAB SKEWERS are wood or bamboo, soak them in water for 30 minutes before threading tofu and vegetables.

2. FOR THE MISO DRESSING, in a blender, combine miso paste, water, vegetable oil, mirin, brown sugar, rice vinegar and ginger. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

3. FOR THE TOFU, cut into 24 (1-inch) cubes and place in a medium bowl. Toss with ¼ cup miso dressing, cover and set aside to marinate for 30–60 minutes. Place cut-up vegetables in another bowl and toss with ¼ cup miso dressing, setting aside to marinate. Reserve remaining dressing to brush on while grilling.

4. LIGHTLY OIL GRILL and preheat to medium. Thread the tofu and vegetables, alternating tofu, green zucchini, yellow zucchini, red peppers and yellow peppers. Grill skewers, brushing with more dressing as n Turn skewers occasionally, until lightly charred, about 8–10 minutes. Remove from grill and drizzle with any remaining miso dressing if desired.

PREP 15 minutes (+30–60 minute marinade and skewer soak)
COOK 10 minutes

From Lick Your Plate Copyright © 2016 Pinky Swear Press. Reprinted by permission of Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Photography credit: Ryan Szulc.

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contest Rules: No purchase necessary. Contest period begins Saturday, May 21 2016 and ends Tuesday, June 7, 2016. For Canadian residents only. Approximate retail value CDN$32. Enter by writing a comment answering the prompt for a chance to win.  Entrants must supply a valid email address. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours.

  1. Ohhh yeahhh…thanks again Janet for that wonderful giveaway. This book sounds interesting. And thanks for the recipe too. I would probable try it soon. Yummm…!!!

    My plan for the long weekend…simple !!! Gardening. Finaly, the wheather is nice so we will enjoy the long week end to organize the garden and our green house for the nice vegetables coming up. Yum…!!! Lots of fun !!!

    Have a nice long weekend and take care Janet…xxx

  2. It’s my birthday this weekend, so I will be spending time celebrating with friends and family. I’m also going to play some soccer with my nephews! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. summer bbqs sounds lovely – I love the sound of these kebabs – we don’t tend to do them as we don’t have a bbq but I could imagine doing it as a bowl of yummy food

  4. I loved all the dishes they presented at their book launch and the vegan ones were impressive! I think this might be the year we install a barbeque on the balcony and those kebabs look like a great way to kick things off.

    I’m still recovering from an ankle injury, so my plans are a few short dog walks, maybe some gardening if I can get away with it, and a lot of reading.

  5. I loved the dishes they presented at their book launch. Such a colourful and fun collection! Great cookbook 🙂

  6. This weekend we’re taking off on the boat overnight. The water is up to 82 degrees and I’m going in.

  7. Quiet weekend here, visited the farmers market, did some gardening, and lots of cooking! If the rain stops we might head out for a hike!

  8. These skewers look unreal!! This weekend (almost over) I did some spring cleaning, went for a hike to beautiful Lynn Valley in North Vancouver, and worked for one of my jobs. Today I plan to work more (work work work work work) and hit up a crossfit class. Woo!

  9. I think this cookbook looks right up my alley, and that miso skewer dressing looks delicious!

  10. Your veggie kebab makes me yearn for the summer so that i can have a veggie BBQ, but its most unlikely to happen – so i will drool over this.

  11. Spent the weekend just hanging around at home; we got to enjoy some really warm temperatures and had great friends for a BBQ. A miso marinade sounds delicious…. Great way to use miso instead of for soup when the weather gets warm!

  12. BBQ is ready to go – this sounds like a great way to start!! Thx for the share!

  13. This recipe looks so delicious! I never thought of using tofu for grilling – can’t wait to try it!

    This coming weekend my parents are flying out for a visit so we’ll be enjoying a mountain hike, delicious food, and lots of board games!

  14. The skewers look awesome – maybe perfect for camping? We went camping with Scouts this past weekend. Was so fun and busy! Thanks for the chance to win the book. Most fun name for a cookbook!

  15. What a fantastic way to include additional vegetarian options on the grill.

  16. Our weekends are filled with kid activities – swimming, soccer, karate! And of course, the BBQ will be out in full force!

  17. These look delicious!

  18. Nothing gets me interested in a cookbook more than bright, colorful images on the cover. Love this.

    I’m curling up with a good detective novel this weekend because the weather is crap!

  19. […] though Lick Your Plate is not a vegan cookbook (you can see my review here), I was intrigued by some of the simple fish recipes. Swapping tofu would be very, very easy and […]

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