I became a vegetarian in January of 2010 and ever since Tofu has been my best friend. Many people who have never tried tofu before automatically assumes that it doesn’t taste good or do not have the desire to eat it. Shamelessly enough, I use to be one of those people until I became vegetarian :) I mix tofu in my salads, make sandwiches, mix it in a stir fry or simply eat it as is. You can season your tofu although I hardly do that, garlic, salt free seasoning, herbs, etc adds a great taste to tofu.
Tofu also called bean curd in other countries is made by coagulating soy milk and soy beans and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is very popular in many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a good flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to enhance a dish.
Some nutritional benefits of Tofu:
As you can see tofu is packed with protein! Many people ask me how do I stay so muscular and toned since I am vegetarian and I tell them “there are many foods other than meat that have protein it” !
- Tofu helps improve cardiovascular functions and helps to reduce blood clots
- Rich in minerals for energy and antioxidants
- Strong muscles and bones
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Packed with calcium and protein
- Tofu has low sodium and fat content
Tofu, is available in three textures: firm, extra firm and silken. Silken tofu has a custard-like consistency and is usually substituted into dressings, protein shakes and desserts. Firm and extra firm varieties are usually cut up into chunks that stand up well to marinating and can be sautéed, grilled or baked. Tofu itself is rather bland, but strongly absorbs the flavors used to prepare it. I usually get the extra firm and cut it up myself like you see in the picture.
Cooking tofu is easy, I simply cut it up and place in the oven for about 20-25 min on 350F or simply put it in a stir fry.
If you have never tried Tofu I highly recommend you try it at least once! I think you will like it :)
Thanks for reading as always! -LJAY HEALTH