Thursday, May 10, 2012

Different Ways to Prepare Tofu

Tofu has a bad and tasteless reputation to many. However, tofu is a food you should never ignore. It has a lot of benefits and is imperative to one’s healthy diet.

Tofu, also known as soy bean curd, is made from curdling fresh soy milk. It has a plain and little nutty taste which absorbs any flavor combined with it. There are three different types of tofu available in the supermarket: the firm, the soft, and the silken tofu. The firm tofu is the best kind for frying and grilling. The soft tofu, on the other hand, is for pudding and scrambles, while the silken tofu is best for purees and smoothies. Tofu is rich in protein and high in calcium so you are assured to get plenty of health benefits every time you eat it.

Listed below are some of the different ways you can enjoy the tofu.

Stir-fry. If you find fried tofu rather boring, try something new. Instead of just frying the tofu in plain oil, it is best to cut the tofu into chunks and marinate it in soy sauce for about an hour. Fry the tofu in olive oil and wait until the tofu becomes crispy. Top it with grated ginger or slices of garlic. I’ve tried this recipe before and the tofu became more tasty.

Grill. In grilling tofu, cut the tofu in rectangles and marinate it into soy sauce, sugar, chili powder, and lemon juice. Leave it for hours or overnight. Grill the tofu on the griller and use the remaining marinade as sauce. This recipe is healthier because there is no oil involved in the cooking process.

Blend. Making tofu milkshake is easy as 1-2-3. Just combine silken tofu, ice, a fruit of your choice, and cream or milk in a blender. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth and pour it into glasses. You might want to try the strawberry and tofu milkshake for a light and creamy taste.

Steam. For raw salads, steamed firm tofu is best. Just place the tofu in the steamer and wait for 8-10 minutes until the tofu is cooked. Wait until the tofu cools off and use it as topping for your salad.

Saute. Sautéing tofu is one of the quickest ways to prepare it. Slice the tofu into cubes and sauté it in oil. Add mixed vegetables and sauté for another three minutes until the vegetables are half cooked. I have served sautéed tofu and vegetables for husband and he loved it.

The next time you go to the supermarket, include tofu in your grocery list. Try these suggestions and make soy bean curd a part of your meal.


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