WHAT IS TOFU?
Tofu, a curd made from mashed soybeans, is listed on many metabolic balance® plans. There is plenty of controversy about soy, especially in the light of genetically modified soy. However, as metabolic balance® is an individualized program based on a person’s unique chemistry, organic tofu is very beneficial to some and may be included as a protein on meal plans. I have been eating tofu since college. For many it is an unfamiliar food. Tofu is endlessly adaptable and can be incorporated in many different dishes. I will share with you my experience with tofu. Types of tofu.
HOW TO PREPARE TOFU
Steam or saute tofu with vegetables; grill it; or, add it to soup. Plain tofu may be an acquired taste but it soaks up flavors well so it is great marinated – after the strict Phase 2 of metabolic balance® a marinade with oil, vinegar, herbs, spices like cumin for example. Later as a treat meal, Phase 3, or Phase 4 it can be marinated with anything that sounds yummy. When I was in college it was popular to sort of scramble it in a pan and add turmeric. The tofu turns yellow and looks similar to scrambled eggs. But I think it was done because it was sort of new to the mainstream palate in the US.
Tofu is usually better cooked rather than cold and unseasoned, However, freshly made, tofu tastes amazing. Ever since I have had it made fresh, I am disappointed with what I find in the store.
Tofu can also be blend it with things and make sauces, like avocado and green onions and garlic perhaps. I used to make a sauce with tofu, cashews and miso or Tahini but that would not happen in MB until phase 4 or a treat meal perhaps.
CARE & STORAGE OF TOFU
Tofu usually comes in different textures firm, medium, or soft. Firm is best for grilling. Soft is good for scrambling. Store it in a container of water in the refrigerator, rinse and change the water daily. Smoked tofu doesn’t need to be stored in water. Tofu doesn’t last long. If it turns yellowish or slimy on the outside trim and discard that part off, rinse, and use the interior part – but by then it is on its last legs. It can be frozen, but be aware that the texture changes.
SOME RECIPES USING TOFU
- Dandelion Salad with Smoked Tofu
- Scrambled Tofu
- Sorrel Soup with Tofu
- Strawberry-Tofu Cream
- Tofu Meatloaf
- Tofu Spread
reposted from Myra Nissen’s blog Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Feature image used with permission from Tofu Cute.