Endive “Boats” with Smoked Tofu and Balsamic Glaze

Yesterday we highlighted the benefits of bitter foods such as endives and today we have delicious recipe that shows you how to use this ingredient!

1 portion of smoked tofu
1 portion of vegetables (endive, rocket, red onion)
Fresh rosemary
Vegetable stock
Balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. of olive oil
Salt and pepper

Carefully peel off the individual leaves of the endives, and wash them well together with the rocket. Peel the red onion and cut into fine cubes. In a small pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil together with a sprig of rosemary and cook the onion cubes until golden in color. Add approximately 10 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and allow it to reduce over low heat until the vinegar has become more viscous and reduced by half. Remove the rosemary spring, and season with a pinch of pepper and vegetable stock, keep warm. While the vinegar is reducing, cut the smoked tofu into very small cubes. In a pan with a tablespoon of oil, add another sprig of rosemary and cook for about 1 minute and then add the smoked tofu cubes. Heat the tofu over medium heat for 5 minutes until warm. Arrange 4-5 endive leaves or “boats” on the plate, fill them with some rocket leaves and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Top each “boat” with cubes of the smoked tofu and enjoy!


Endives are very versatile plants that you may associate as a root that is used as a common alternative to coffee. Not only is the root (also known as chicory) edible but so are the leaves of the endive plant! The leaves are very hearty and have a slightly bitter flavor making them ideal for grilling or as an addition to a salad.
Endives are not only delicious but also detoxifying and metabolism-regulating. They are rich in potassium, folic acid, zinc, and also contains vitamins A, B and C.
According to the motto “bitter, please”, the Metabolic Balance program recommends including more bitter foods in your diet to regulate your metabolism and digestion in a completely natural way. Adding endives to different meals such as salads can do just that!