Whether it’s an aversion to the texture, or to meat substitutes in general, tofu often gets the cold shoulder in the non-vegetarian community. While we can see how it can take some getting used to, we’re pretty big fans of the soy-rich protein: Since tofu’s taste is naturally pretty neutral, it acts as a blank slate to the canvas that is your recipe, absorbing the flavors of other ingredients & giving you ultimate culinary control.
Tofu is made by heating and pressing ground soybeans and water, comparable to the process of making cheese from milk. Mild in flavor, it comes in a variety of textures so it’s ideal for inclusion in all different types of cuisine. It is also a low fat, cholesterol-free food that is high is protein, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Check out the recipes below – we think they show tofu in its most flattering light!
We love all the different flavors happening in this Sesame Crusted Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing from Savory Simple.
The Vermicelli Tofu Noodle Bowl from Flourishing Foodie is a delicious vegetarian version of a classic Vietnamese dish.
This Tofu Scramble from Spoon Fork Bacon is the definition of power breakfast.
We love the idea of roasting tofu with kale for this Roasted Tofu and Kale with Pine Nuts from The First Mess.
The Barbecue Tofu Pizza from Kitchen Treaty might be our favorite pie yet.
This Sun-dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Tofu Quiche from Oh She Glows is wonderful – PLUS it’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free!
We love giving tofu a little crunch in this Almond Crusted Tofu with Roased Red Pepper Sauce from So Good & Tasty.
The Tofu Proscuitto Panini from Steamy Kitchen uses tofu as a meat companion instead of a meat substitute. Success!
The spotlight is on the tofu in this simple, delicious Black Pepper Tofu from Buried Carrots.
This Papaya and Tofu Salad recipe from Aunt Clara’s Kitchen is full of bright flavors!
Bonus: Ready to give tofu a try? Use the code TOFU for 30% off this week’s Herbed Lemon Tofu with Broccoli Rabe!
– Emma Stratigos