There are many reasons to be curious about tofu. There is a lot of talk about soy foods and their benefits. But, as with every other thing you put into your body, you want to be choosy. For instance, I drink a soy protein shake every day, but I did my research to find the purest, non GMO soy protein shake around. For tofu, you want find organic, non-GMO varieties. From there, you can choose if you want soft, firm, extra-firm or silk.
You can use any of the varieties to add creamy texture to smoothies, soups and salad dressings with tofu. But, for most other dishes, you are going want to drain the tofu before you use it. Here's how:
1. Take the chunk of tofu out of the package.
2. Wrap it in a clean dish towel.
3. Place it on a cutting board and stack a few plates on top to press out moisture for about 10 minutes.
4. From there, you can chop firm or extra firm varities for stir-fries and grilling. You can scrambling soft, firm or extra-firm varities for scrambling, like you would an egg. Or you can crumble it, add salt and fresh herbs and use it instead of ricotta in lasagna.
I want to let you in on a little secret. If you are short on time, like me, you can use the tofu without all the steps above. When I am in a hurry, I just cut a slit in the top of the tofu package, drain the water out, try to squeeze out any excess water and then chunk it up for a stir fry or scramble. My favorite tofu recipe is a scramble, like the one below. After adding tofu, I throw in some fresh herbs, salsa, and some curry powder. Whalla! A very delicious, super healthy, nutritious, fast meal!
If you love tofu and want to share your tips and recipes with us all, I'd appreciate seeing them!
To Your Health!