Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a low-calorie, high-protein food made from curdled soybean milk. Traditionally associated with Asian cuisine, tofu is now found in dishes all over the world. It is known for being good for the health and is a frequently used as a meat-substitute in vegan and vegetarian cuisine and as a dairy-substitute for individuals with allergies.
Tofu is available in a variety of styles, from pudding-like silken tofu to firm and even dry forms. It is identified by its creamy white color and mild taste. While bland, however, tofu is far from boring. Bean curd has the mouth-watering ability to take on nearly any flavor, making it the ideal addition to a range of dishes and even desserts.
This dish is like scrambled eggs, but without the cholesterol. Serve it for breakfast or wrap it in a tortilla for a quick lunch. This recipe makes two servings.
- 1 package firm tofu, fully drained
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2-3 scallions, chopped
- Vegetable oil
- Soy sauce
- Black pepper
1. Cut the tofu into small chunks, and then hand-crumble until the pieces are “scrambled” in appearance.
2. Heat a frying pan on low. Add a bit of oil and lightly stir fry the bell pepper until partially cooked.
3. Add the scallions and tofu crumbles. Stir fry for about 20 seconds. Make sure the ingredients are fully mixed.
4. Add soy sauce to taste, stirring continuously.
5. When the tofu is evenly coated, but still semi-moist, remove from heat.
6. Sprinkle with pepper to taste.
This vegetarian recipe has been known to satisfy even the most devout meat lover. It serves four people.
- 1 package spaghetti
- 1 package firm tofu, drained
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- Olive oil
- Spaghetti sauce (flavor is optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare the spaghetti according to the directions.
3. While the spaghetti is cooking, cut the tofu into four even slices.
4. Use olive oil to lightly coat both sides of each tofu cutlet. Press the pieces into the bread crumb mixture and set aside.
5. Drain the spaghetti and evenly spread the noodles along the bottom of a shallow baking dish.
6. Pour a generous amount of spaghetti sauce over the noodles.
7. Arrange the tofu cutlets on top of the noodles. If desired, add extra sauce and cover with the grated cheese.
8. Bake for twenty minutes.
Homemade Soy Ice Cream
Tofu ice cream is a delicious non-dairy treat. While perfect for those with dairy allergies, this vegetarian recipe can be enjoyed by anyone looking to indulge in something sweet.
- 1 package silken tofu
- 1 cup chocolate soy milk
- 2 medium-sized bars dark chocolate
- ½ cup sugar
1. Melt the chocolate bars in a pan over low heat.
2. Add the soy milk and sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
3. Pour the contents of the pan and the tofu into a blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Place the mixture in a glass container and freeze overnight before serving.
Bean curd is a healthy and versatile food that can be cooked to suit nearly every palate. Get started with these simple tofu recipes, but don’t stop there. Try adding tofu to your everyday cooking for a new twist on old favorites.