Brown Baggin’ It: Smoky Pesto Tofu Rolls


Man do I love purging..uh, wait, that sounds bad, what I mean is, man do I love clearing our place of old crap we no longer need. Thanks to ye olde PPK and all its wisdom, I’ve discovered Unfuck Your Habitat, which is a website that’s geared towards getting lazy ass’s in gear and cleaning up the slobby mess you call a home. I’ll admit that when I was younger I used to be a bit of an OCD neat freak, but over the years I’ve pretty much gotten more and more lazy about cleaning and junk…until someone decides to come over, then it’s all hands on deck! Which sucks and is stressful, so I’ve been trying to do little things that aren’t super overwhelming and make me want to go cry in the corner, you know, like washing the 5 dirty dishes instead of leaving them for a week and having to clean 30 dirty dishes.
Our basement is one of those places that makes me want to just turn and run the hell away, that place is where unused crap goes to die. So I spent the past weekend posting stuff on Kijiji. Man, for getting rid of crap, Kijiji is the way to go, people will buy anything! Ok, maybe not anything, if anyone is in need of an exercise ball I’m your gal!


Along with my “getting rid of crap” mentality, I’ve also decided to start working my way through our freezer, I have this really bad habit of buying the same thing every time I go to the grocery store, only to stumble across 20 packs of the stuff in the freezer! I’m lookin’ at you smoked tofu. I thought I’d take advantage of my Mofo theme and use up some of that tofu before the evil freezer demons destroy it.


If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll have noticed by now that I’m a fan of basil. Like waving around two giant foam fingers type of fan. If there could be one herb to rule them all, basil would be it! Now that summer is supposedly gone (boo!)…even though it’s been in the high 20’s for the past week…I’ve been keeping an eye out at the grocery store for any random summer leftovers and I just so happen to find a big bag of basil the last time I was there, so obviously I had to make pesto. Smoked tofu and pesto, hmmmm now what could I make with that? Why a kick ass sandwich of course!


I sliced up the smoked tofu, coated it in as much pesto as it would take and then fried them up. Looking back, I so wish I had gotten out the grill so that I could have gotten those sweet looking grill marks, but frying more than managed to get the job done. I just have to say, wow does fried smoked tofu smell like bologna! Philip thought I had gone to the other side and wouldn’t believe me when I said it was just tofu 😉 I then proceeded to make one of the tastiest sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. Seriously, if I had a food truck, this sexy beast would be on it. A thick crusty roll, that’s topped with basil heavy pesto, vegan cheese, roasted red pepper, smoky pesto tofu and some fresh arugula, I’m in love. I used the Daiya provolone slices when I made these but using a homemade cashew cheese would be so much better! This is super good cold but toasting it so that the bread is nice and crispy definitely takes it to another level.


Along with this I also had a banana and a Raw Organic Food Bar, I usually just stick to my old faithful Larabars and Clif Bars, so I’ve been trying to get myself to experiment more with other snack bars. I really liked the flavor of this one, well that should be obvious, it’s chocolatey chocolate, but the texture is a bit more paste-like then I’d prefer. Still a good bar but not one of my favs. What are your favorite snacks bars? Have any suggestions?

Lunch Lady Tips:

    • When packing the sandwich, pack the roasted red pepper slices and arugula in a separate container to keep the bread from getting soggy.
    • To save on time you can pre-make the pesto and then freeze it using the steps described here. Then just defrost and dig in!


  • Servings: 2 sandwiches
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Pesto coated smoked tofu will take your basic sandwich to a whole new level!

Author: The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado


  • 210g pkg smoked tofu
  • Jarred roasted red pepper, rinsed and patted dried
  • Basil Pesto, store bought or homemade
  • Vegan mozzarella, provolone or cashew cheese
  • Arugula
  • 2 crusty bread rolls


  1. Heat a medium size frying pan over medium heat. Cut tofu into ¼-inch slices lengthwise. Coat each piece of tofu with pesto, drizzle some olive oil in the pan and add the tofu slices. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  2. Cut a roll in half, spread each side with pesto. Top one piece with slices of the red pepper, then the cheese, tofu and arugula. To make the sandwich extra awesome, heat it in a Panini grill or stick it under the broiler for a few minutes.


36 thoughts on “Brown Baggin’ It: Smoky Pesto Tofu Rolls

  1. Sara (degroenekeuken) says:

    That looks so perfect. I agree on the basil, it’s my number one herb. And I could pesto everyday. With that said… I have to try this recipe one day, it’s meant to be!

    I like it when things are tidy, but whenever I clear out a cabinet, it tends to be messy again a week later :/

  2. vegancalgary says:

    I support you having a food truck ha! For snack bars I like cliff and Lara as well but have also discovered pure fit and plant life. Plant life is raw and basically just chocolate but so good!

  3. Autumn says:

    Oh man I’m so with you on the freezer multiples. I recently discovered 8 bags of frozen spinach in mine!!!

    I have never seen smoked tofu before! Wish I could find some cause it sounds amazing.

  4. babette says:

    I love smoked tofu. We recently discovered it and so whenever we go to the store that carries it, we load up. We get the Soyganic brand, I think. My bf says it is revolutionary! With basil pesto, cheese and arugula, it must be out of this world. I like adding roasted red peppers to sandwichs too, or pizza, or almost anything.

    You mentioned you used Daiya slices… you’re in Canada, aren’t you? If yes, that means I may find some too soon. I can’t wait to try those slices.

    • Maggie Muggins says:

      That’s the kind I usually get, it’s the one brand I can get that doesn’t require a trip to the health food store.
      Me too! I go through so many bottles of roasted red pepper.
      Yup, I’m in Alberta, we just started getting them here a couple months ago. When you find them I highly suggest eating them melted as opposed to cold, they’re so much better that way!

  5. Mihl says:

    My daughter and I have a little proplem with smoked tofu addiction. We always have some on hand. I really love your idea of coating it with pesto. Definitely trying it for a quick dinner next week.

  6. Cadry's Kitchen says:

    This sandwich sounds marvelous! Pesto is so good as a sandwich spread; although, I always forget about using it that way. I don’t have access to smoked tofu locally, but I’m going to keep an eye out for it the next time I’m at a Whole Foods.

  7. Allysia Kerney says:

    Nothing like moving across the country to unfuck your habitat, ha ha! It’s actually really refreshing to not have stuff crammed in all the cupboards. And Kijiji is the best thing ever, we just got some of our furniture through it, you can find some really nice stuff for great prices. And that fried tofu looks smashing.

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