Naihomy’s Dominican Tofu Guisado
- July 2021
- By Naihomy Jerez
- Recipe from Dominican Republic
This tasty Dominican tofu guisado is the perfect ejemplo of how Familia Kitchen Healthy & Delicioso Editor Naihomy Jerez takes a beloved, traditional dish—in this case, Dominican pollo guisado or stewed chicken—and gives it a food makeover that has tons of sabor and good-for-you.
Naihomy calls this a food flip, and we love how she daringly takes on classic dishes, since Familia Kitchen is all about ”cooking our way home”—one favorite familia receta at a time. In this dish, Naihomy stays true to tradition by starting with an authentic recipe from the D.R., where she was born. She then tweaks just a couple of ingredients and techniques to make it más saludable.
How Naihomy Flips Foods to Healthy & Delicioso
The entire point of a flip, says Naihomy, is to nudge a dish in a healthier direction, without sacrificing flavor.
If you have been looking for meatless versions of old-school Latinx dishes, this one is for you, says Naihomy. She makes it easy to ditch the chicken. ”As I coach my clients in my food consultancy, Bagels and Brussels, switch just a couple of things: like tofu instead of pollo and avocado oil instead of corn oil.”
Not sure the carne eater in your life will be up for your messing with a tried-and-true favorite plato? Neither was Naihomy—at first. Her husband, also of Dominican heritage, loves his pollo guisado. But Naihomy forged ahead and is delighted to report: ”I served it to my husband, a meat eater who can be tofu reluctant, and to my delight, he said it was ‘delicioso!’ I hope your family enjoys it, too.”
Naihomy advises serving this tofu guisado accompanied by the traditional Dominican sides: fried-plantain tostones and her Healthy & Delicioso moro de guandules—rice with pigeon peas.
For more of her famous food flips, check out Naihomy’s flan de calabaza or pumpkin flan (her mom made the traditional version and she gave hers a non-dairy makeover), these chicken enchiladas using almond-flour tortillas, and this arroz con pollo.
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