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Let’s Talk Ingredients – Tofu August 16, 2011

Filed under: Let's Talk Ingredients — cleaneatingmama @ 8:29 pm

Tofu has always scared me. Literally, it is a kind of creepy looking food. Its consistency is a combination between sponge cake and jello. Just really weird.

I remember many years ago I tried to make stir-fry with tofu, and it was a major fail. It turned an awful shade of gray (from the soy sauce) and just reminded me of gray brain matter. It was in tiny pieces and I could not eat it at all! I vowed I would NEVER make tofu again! Haha!

Never say never right?

So what the heck is tofu? Tofu is just mashed soybeans pressed together.

There are lots of different versions of tofu, silken (which comes in soft, firm, extra firm) is used for desserts, sauces, and dips, and then there is regular tofu (comes in firm, and extra firm) which is good for cooking, baking, frying (if you must) and even grilling.

Remember my gray brain matter? This was the result of using silken tofu, it did not hold its form and turned into brain matter. So choosing the correct consistency for your recipe is important.

Recently, soy in general has come under fire and has a lot of controversy surrounding it. There are some things you need to keep in mind when eating soy:

  • The whole bean, also know as edamamme is better for you than any other version of soy. Obviously this is because it is in its whole form.
  • When purchasing soy products, go with non-genetically modified ingredients. Organic is a safe bet because you don’t have to worry about GMO with organic ingredients.
  • Just like everything else, eat in moderation.

I feel that soy products are healthy in moderation, and we are trying to incorporate a meal here and there with tofu. We do enjoy edamamme regularly though!

I do want to say that I am very new to the tofu arena and still have TONS to learn about it. I would love to hear comments and suggestions from those of you who have tried tofu. Please share your wisdom, suggestions, and most importantly, successful recipes.

Try my recipe for tofu scramble! Just click the link below!

Just Try It – Tofu Scramble


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