Tofu . Even the name is strange. When I started to eat it I found it too gummy, and for that we are going to fool ourselves, very bland. But that was because he did not know all the party that can be drawn. So after trying and trying I bring you the best recipes with tofu that I have tried so you can see that it can be consumed in a great variety of dishes.
For vegetarians, tofu is an almost indispensable food. It provides complete vegetable proteins and we can always have it on hand in the refrigerator to consume whenever we want. I already told you that my favorite tofu is the ALDI. For a price and because it is ecological (and not transgenic).
With soybeans, there has been a lot of controversy about how it affects health, but from what I’ve heard more than one nutritionist is not especially bad, it has quite a few benefits and can be taken in moderation without worrying about it.
So whether you are vegetarian or not, it may be wise to avoid meat or fish in your dinners or meals and replace it with tofu. It has less fat, fewer calories, provides quality protein, calcium,
Tofu can be bought naturally and give it the flavor you want or you can buy it smoked, to bring more flavor to the dish.
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How to press tofu
Tofu comes with enough water in the container, and before consuming it is convenient to press it for a half hour. There are even presses for tofu, although it can be done without them. Wrap the tofu in a clean cloth or with kitchen paper and place a brick on top (or some books), after about 15-20 minutes the paper is changed and the operation is repeated. After a half hour or an hour of pressing, you are ready to cut and cook.
Recipes with tofu
Tofu with vegetables, Asian style. At first, I always tofu. In a frying pan or wok, I put tofu in cubes, with the vegetables I had on hand (onion, broccoli, peppers, carrot), then add some soy and already had an exotic and easy dinner plate.
Miso soup with tofu. I told you it was one of my favorite foods, very comforting for the winter.
Marinated tofu. If the tofu seems bland, try marinating it for half an hour or an hour before cooking it. The marinated tofu are often made with soy sauce, oil, lemon, ginger, garlic, and then just pass the tofu in flour and fry in a pan with a little oil. Looks great.
Fried tofu. If you want the tofu to be crunchy, cover it with sesame seeds. You pass it first by flour, then by egg and then you pass through the seeds until it is well covered. You fry it well and it is very resultón like the accompaniment of vegetable dishes.
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Scrambled tofu. This recipe I discovered in Hazteveg and I loved it. It is true that you do not miss the egg at all. It can be made with the vegetables you have in the fridge, for example, onions, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, spinach, ingredients are variable, but what you need are turmeric or curry and soy sauce to give flavor And color. Crumbled tofu makes the perfect egg substitute.
Tofu palak paneer. This is an adaptation of an Indian recipe that is made with a type of Indian cheese called paneer and as a substitute for cheese, we put tofu cut into dice. Here is the recipe. I first marinated the tofu with a mixture of lemon, giblet, and curry, and then made the fried spinach with onion, tomato sauce, and garlic in a pan. To that sauce add unsweetened soy yogurt and beat with the mixer, then add the tofu. As I did not use the blender, the spinach was whole. It is a dish that does not take much time and is very rich.
Bolognese tofu. It’s as easy as draining tofu, peeling it with a fork and combining it with garlic, tomato sauce, spices (basil and oregano are the best for pasta) and make a sauce with which to combine your spaghetti. I also added peppers of the piquillo and the result is exceptional and much lighter and healthier than the bolognese of minced meat.