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    Question Tofu question

    Can someone give me some ideas for using tofu besides using it in smoothies. My son has decided to go vegetarian and I have never used tofu before.

    Thank you in advance for suggestions! He will thank you as well

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    Here is a site I just found. Looks helpful. Myself, I have never had the desire to even think about using it. This must be the real reason, for the "sour face" LOL

    How to Cook With Tofu
    The Many Uses of an Often Misunderstood Ingredient

    Tofu has gained a reputation as being a food to avoid for its boring taste (or lack thereof) and bothersome texture. In truth, it is a most versatile ingredient – tofu can be used in every course of a meal, from soups to salads, from main dishes to desserts. Here are a few ideas for how to use tofu in ways that compliment its properties and enhance its flavour

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    I've made orange tofu before. It is like orange chicken but with tofu. Just do a google search for tofu recipies. Tofu can be a very tasty!!!

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    Thank you both!

    It will be an adventure that is for sure!

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    'FAUX' EGG SALAD:
    1 pkg firm or extra firm tofu
    1 clean dish towel (not terry type, light colour or white)
    strong hands - have your son do this
    bust up tofu toss into the towel and wring it out .. this makes it very dry .. it will look almost like scrambled hamburger (except white)

    Put into a bowl, add onions, sprinkle of cayenne, blk pepper, garlic, relish, mustard, a bit of tumeric (this makes it yellow - don't go crazy with it) .. mix well add mayo .. let sit in fridge to meld flavors

    Serve on bread

    This is actually a favorite in our house - even my dh likes it

    ---
    TVP is another alternative to use .. Toss in fry pan with onions, garlic, bit of water, spices and use like HB .. Makes good sloppy joes .. its another way to stretch HB too, add the TVP and reduce the HB over time ..
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    If there is no corn allergy or problems with cholesterol .. use non dairy creamer to make white sauces, chowders etc ..

    Ria

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    Oh my goodness! You can use tofu for tons of stuff! It soaks up the flavors of the foods its with so you can add it to most recipes! I've cut it into small squares and added it to soups and stews in place of meat. No one ever knew! Use it in stir fries, add seasonings and herbs and fry it up. I must confess it never dawned on me to use it in smoothies!

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    Silken tofu is light and custard like, perfect for pureeing and using in salad dressings, smoothies, sauces, whipped topping. Extra-firm tofu is ideal for stir-fries, roasting and grilling, and pan frying. Firm tofu is a good all-purpose choice. while the soft variety makes a good substitute for ricotta cheese in Italian dishes or for eggs in quiches.

    I am sure you can find versions of these somewhere on the internet--but here are a few of our favorites.

    Vegan Ranch Dressing

    6 oz. silken tofu
    1/4 cup Soy Mayonnaise
    1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
    3 T. water
    4 t. lemon juice
    1 T. freshly chopped parsley
    1 T. freshly chopped dill
    1 T. soy sauce
    1 1/2 t. garlic, minced
    salt and pepper, to taste
    dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

    In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients, and process until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Use as a dressing, dip, spread, or mayonnaise substitute in your favorite recipes. makes 1 3/4 cup

    Soy Mayonnaise
    12.3 oz. silken tofu
    1 T. cider vinegar
    1 T. lemon juice
    1 T. Dijon mustard
    1 T. unbleached cane sugar
    1/2 t. salt
    1/3 cup olive oil, or vegetable oil of choice

    In a food processor, place all of the ingredients, except the oil, and process for 2 minutes to form a smooth puree. While the machine is running, drizzle in the oil, and continue to process an additional 2-3 minutes or until light and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed to suit personal tastes and usage. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Use measure-for-measure in place of commercially made mayonnaise in your favorite recipes. makes 2 Cups


    Tofu, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches (TLTs)

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
    14 ounces extra-firm tofu
    4 tablespoons mayonnaise
    8 slices crusty whole-wheat bread, toasted
    4 pieces green-leaf lettuce
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced

    Preheat oven to 475F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine mustard, soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce in a small bowl. Slice tofu crosswise into eight 1/2-inch-thick pieces (pat dry if to wet) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Using a spoon, spread half the mustard mixture on one side of the tofu. Turn the slices over and spread the remaining mixture on the other side. Bake the tofu for 20 minutes. Combine mayonnaise with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on toasted bread. Divide the tofu, lettuce and tomato among 4 slices of toast and top with the remaining toast to make 4 sandwiches. Cut in half to serve.

    Breaded Tofu Nuggets

    1 14 oz. block firm or extra-firm Tofu, cut into pieces and pressed into nugget shapes
    1/3 Cup Soymilk
    2 Tablespoon Mustard
    1 teaspoon Onion Powder
    1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
    1 teaspoon dried Parsley (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
    3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

    Whisk together the soymilk, mustard, and spices until smooth . Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Coat each piece of tofu with soymilk mixture, then coat with bread crumbs. Fry in oil until golden brown or lay tofu piece on a covered baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, turning once, until golden brown. Serve as you would chicken nuggets.

    Tofu Burgers

    1 Pound extra firm Tofu
    1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
    1/4 Cup corn flour
    1/4 Cup rolled oats
    1/2 Cup parsley tops or fresh basil leaves, washed , dried and finely chopped
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon coriander
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil or thyme
    1/4 teaspoon ginger
    pinch cayenne (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
    1 Tablespoon soy sauce

    Olive Oil or cooking Oil
    pinch of crushed Garlic (add to the cooking oil) (optional)

    Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium with cooking oil. Add pinch of garlic.
    Cut tofu into 1 inch chunks and mash by hand, add all ingredients. mix well until you can form balls in your hands. Form into thin patties, and fry in small amount of oil, on medium heat, 5-7 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

    Serve as you would Hamburgers.

    Tofu Sloppy Joes

    1 Pound firm Tofu
    2 Tablespoon Oil
    1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
    2 Tablespoon minced Green Pepper
    2 Tablespoon minced Onion
    2 Tablespoon minced Parsley
    1 teaspoon prepared Mustard
    1 Cup water
    1 Cup water
    1/4 cup catsup
    2 teaspoon Cider Vinegar
    2 teaspoon Brown Sugar
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    Heat oil in a large frying pan. Mash tofu and add green pepper, onion and parsley and chili powder, fry 5 minutes, on high. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve as you would meat sloppy joes.


    I have lots more and will put more on later. Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

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    Default Re: Tofu question

    Thank you so much for the ideas!
    The nuggets will be a sure winner here!

 

 
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