VEG 101: WTF is Tofu?

Whenever I post pictures of meat substitutes on Instagram, they are always followed with the question, “Is that tofu?”. Sometimes it is but most times, it’s not. So if that Gardein Meatless Burger isn’t tofu, then what exactly is tofu? 

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food made by curdling soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into a square block. (Think of the process to make cheese)

Varieties: Tofu can be purchased firm, soft or silken at your local grocery store. Both firm and soft tofu is often used in meals as meat substitutes while silken tofu can be adapted into shakes and sauces.

What does tofu taste like? Nothing. Tofu is seasoned during meal preparation. With the right spices and herbs, you can make tofu taste like anything you want it to.

How is tofu cooked? Tofu can be prepared by frying, baking, roasting, boiling, sauteing, grilling and many other methods of cooking.

Does tofu have nutritional value? Tofu is high in protein, low in fat, and very low in saturated fat. Some studies show it (soy) can lower cholesterol and may even help prevent certain types of cancer, including breast and prostate.

How to get started with tofu: ‘Check out 10 Tasty Tofu Recipes‘ at Sunset.com.

Check out “VEG 101: Can Soul Food Exist Without BBQ Ribs, Fried Chicken and Catfish?” for more information about meat substitute and vegetarian/vegan proteins.

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