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old thyme delights culinary classics for all
by Kiera Tara O'Brien 
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the veggies-only household
Not everyone is made for meat, but that doesn’t mean missing out on the joys of thyme. There are robust marinades perfect for the fares of the veggies-only afternoon grill. Elegant dinner party or a casual crowd coming round? A vigorous rigatoni masterpiece can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Get closer to Mother Nature with Father Thyme on your side.

thyme roasted asparagus

1 lb fresh asparagus, washed and ends trimmed
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 clove minced garlic
¼ tsp coarse salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil

serves 4-6

1 Preheat oven to 425 F or 220 C (or heat up the grill).
2 Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus and toss to coat.
3 Place the asparagus in a single layer on a baking dish (or on a piece of foil for the grill). Sprinkle the thyme, garlic, salt and pepper over the top.
4 Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes (or on the grill for about 10 minutes, wrapped loosely in foil) until asparagus is tender.

cajun grilled tofu

1 lb extra firm tofu, drained
½ cup canola oil
2 tsp Cajun seasoning

Cajun seasoning
Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:

2 tsp dried thyme
3 Tbsp salt
1 ½ tsp sweet paprika
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano

serves 6

1 Press the excess water out of the tofu. Cut into ¾ inch thick slices and set in a 13”x9” glass baking dish.
2 Mix the canola oil and 2 tsp of the Cajun seasoning in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over both sides of the tofu, cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to cook.
3 Heat up the grill to medium-high and lightly coat the grate with oil. Place the tofu on the grill for 10-12 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
4 For cooking on the stove, use a heavy-bottom skillet coated with oil on a medium-high heat. Add the tofu and cook, turning once, until golden brown. Either serve the tofu as a main course, or add it as a topping to salads. The Cajun seasoning can be kept for up to 6 months -- less work for more dinners.

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