A reader emailed me asking for tips or recipes for eating tofu. Your wish is my command!
I used the already-seasoned pepper garlic tofu and a homemade cactus salsa.
But lots of people don't like it or THINK they don't like it. If at first you don't care for it, cook it differently the next time. Because truly it's a very adaptable food! Here are some tips and then some recipes:
~When learning to cook and eat tofu I think it's best to start with the Extra Firm. Tofu comes in a variety of firmnesses (Is that a word?). New tofu eaters usually like Extra Firm.
~Rinse it well and let it drain between paper towels or cottoncloths--gently pressing it, before you cut it up.
~I think it's best to start eating it in foods that have a lot of flavor, like curries, sweet 'n' sour, Thai, etc. For example: you can add it to your usual curry dish in the place of the meat, for part of the meat or in addition to the meat. You can add lots of other vegetables and make a nice stir-fry. But here's the key to getting tofu to soak up flavor: heat it up first. Then add some marinade or spices. For a stir-fry try soy sauce, ginger, crushed garlic, and sesame oil. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Then cook it up with the other vegetables. (If you live in the States, you can buy tofu with flavors already added. It's a fun short cut.)
~For really decadent tasting desserts buy silken tofu. I t purees so nicely. Here's a recipe for WONDERFUL vegan chocolate cream pie that uses tofu. It's so wonderful no one will believe that there are no eggs or cream in sight!
Chocolate Cream Pie
1 cup silken tofu
1/4 cup oil
4 T. Cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt