Why and How to Use Tofu
Tofu, or bean curd, is a food made of soya and it is a perfect ingredient for all types of foods and flavors. Having Chinese origin, it is a must-have ingredient in Thai and Chinese cuisine, but nonetheless, it is becoming widely-enjoyed food.
Tofu is a powerful source of protein, has a low calorie count and it is also high in iron, calcium, magnesium and other micro-nutrients. All these nutritional highlights make it perfect as a day starter. Soft tofu is best for preparing shakes, desserts, salad dressings or sauces. Therefore, you can use it to make your homemade Tofu Milk, or prepare an energy-full breakfast, like Tofu with Banana and Raisins. The health benefits that tofu provides, along with all the powerful sources from the banana and raisins will keep you energized and healthy.
As mentioned above, tofu works great both with sweet and savory foods. While soft tofu makes a perfect breakfast, firm tofu is mostly suitable for baking, grilling or stir-fries. All nutritional highlights of tofu can be doubled when combined with different kinds of vegetables. You can make a perfect main dish with this Tofu, Pork and Vegetable Stir-Fry recipe. Although tofu is considered as a great replacement for meat, the benefits are even greater when both are combined, due to the fact that you have to eat more tofu to meet the recommended dietary protein levels. However, the crucial difference between tofu and meat is that tofu significantly lowers the total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol), unlike meat.
Tofu also tastes great in soups. You can try the mouth-watering Miso Soup recipe, which comes from the traditional Japanese cuisine, and it is a combination of a stock called dashi, seaweed, miso (traditional Japanese seasoning) and tofu. It will simply leave you longing for more, and what is more important, it will provide all the essential nutrients you need. Therefore, bring tofu to your cuisine and start making plenty of tasty and healthy dishes.