Tofu is Good for You, But…

Tofu? The food of the “radical” vegetarians? Science tells us that it is good for us, even better than the garden burgers, but how do you use it? Read on…
Until 5-10 years ago, tofu was not mainstream–it wasn’t even in the general supermarkets until just a few years ago. Tofu’s stereotype was that associated with Oriental cuisine, and food for the strict vegetarian. Though it is true that meat still reigns as the major entree for most people, more people are beginning to realize the benefits of eating tofu, even just for a few meals a week.

So if you are just beginning to make the choice to exclude meat out of your diet, tofu seems to be the lower cost, healthier alternative. You go out and buy the white, spongy block, and now it is sitting in your refridgerator, just begging to be used. But how and what do you use it for?Well, there are many uses that you can find for tofu, as it is a very versatile food.

Tofu can be used in place of dairy and egg products in many recipes to reduce fat, cholesterol, and calories. With only 30-35 calories per serving, it is a good replacer if you are watching calories. It can also be used in casseroles, patties, loaves, etc. You can even make a nice cheesecake using tofu instead of cream cheese. Here is one recipe that I discovered while experimenting with tofu, that is absolutely delicious!

Tofu Oatmeal Patties

1 1/2 cups Quick Oats

1 cup soft tofu, mashed

2 eggs, or the equivalent of egg substitute

1/2 cup soya powder

1 tbsp. garlic powder

2 tbsps. dry minced onions

1/2 cup shredded cheese, or the evuivalent of soy cheese

Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Form into balls, and place in hot frying pan with a little pan spray or oil, and brown. Flatten after turning, and brown the other side.

Option one: use as sandwich filling, as in vege hamburgers.

Option two: place in casserole dish, and bake using your favorite sauce.

Option three: use as is, and serve with a vegetable and other side. Delicious!

As you can see, tofu can be used in any recipe, and used in as many ways as your imagination allows. Just experiment with what you like, and soon you won’t be using anything else. (Depends on what you like, however.)

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