Hey beautiful people ❤️ I hope you’re all doing well.
Happy New-blog-post day 🥰
I’ve been experimenting with an ingredient I didn’t use very regularly in the past. Sure I’d use tofu for a recipe here and there but it has never been a pantry staple for me.
Lately I’ve been more focused on a very balance, practically fully plant-based diet, especially when cooking at home. Being 8.5 months pregnant myself and married to a personal trainer who works out about 3 times a day (no not kidding), having sufficient high quality protein in our diets is super important!
Tofu is one of the VERY FEW plant foods (it comes from soy beans) that is considered a high quality / complete protein. This means that this food contains ALL the essential amino acids (components of protein) that our bodies need.
Types of tofu
If you’re new to this ingredient, the first thing you’ll probably notice when looking for it in the supermarket is how many different types of tofu is actually available.
From silken to extra firm, herbed or plain – there’s a lot to choose from. Regardless of type, I would recommend using a high quality, GMO free, organic (if possible) variety.
Silken tofu has to be my favorite to experiment with so far. It’s so versatile and creamy and can be used countless ways.
Here are THREE recipes using it – one savory and two super simple sweets that are DEFINITELY worth a try!
MISO TOFU STIR FRY
This is actually a recipe I’ve shared here in the past. It’s very easy to make and the flavor payoff is amazing. It’s loaded with beautiful Asian flavors that are so delicious. Definitely a place for tofu to shine. To check this one out, click on the link here: Miso Stir Fry 🥬
This is a new fave at home. So incredibly easy to make, very nutritious and totally indulgent.
150g Clearsprings Silken Tofu
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
Stewed berries & granola
Simply add a pack of silken tofu together with 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries to a a blender with a teaspoon of good vanilla and a tablespoon or two of maple syrup.
Blend and refrigerate for a min of 1 hour and enjoy. I love to top them with stewed berries and granola – PERFECTION (and packed with complete protein too 💪🏻)
Here’s the truth; you can absolutely love your food and still take care of your health in the process – what’s not to love?This 3 ingredient chocolate mousse is decadent and delicious – it’s also high in protein, very low in fat, low in carbs and has NO added sugars whatsoever. PLUS, did I mention it’s SO GOOD? 😋
150g Clearsprings Silken Tofu
100g melted chocolate (I use dark choc)
Bee pollen or Cacao nibs
Simply blend tofu with pitted dates and melted dark chocolate until completely smooth. Then refrigerate for about an hour and enjoy 🍫
I’ve also been experimenting with firm and extra firm tofu. Again I’m no expert but I have perfected two very simple methods of cooking. For the purposes of simply learning how to cook with the ingredient, I didn’t really use herbed or seasoned tofu, now did I add the finished product to any specific dishes. Here are two super simple ways to cook firm tofu.
CRISPY FRIED TOFU
With a bit of experimentation, I think I have a winner on my hands! Super crispy and addictive tofu bites – here’s how to make them.
250g firm tofu
A few tablespoons of cornflour
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
First, use a paper towel to remove excess moisture from FIRM tofu block and cut up into bite size pieces. Dust in corn flour and remove excess. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil (make sure you do use coconut oil because it has a higher burning temp than other cooking oils) and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove from pan and add salt while hot.
You can eat them as they are, add them to a salad or rice dish, or use these crispy tofu bites as the base for a nice glaze to add to a noodle dish.
Super simple and absolutely delicious 😋
MARINATED AIR-FRYER TOFU BITES
Finally, here’s another way to enjoy firm tofu – marinated in wonderful flavors and quickly cooked in an air fryer.
250g firm tofu
2 tablespoons Good Earth sesame oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
Simply pat tofu to remove excess moisture, cut up into bite-sized pieces and mix with all the rest of the ingredients. The sesame oil works really well here so don’t skip it out! Once coated, place tofu pieces in airfryer and cook at 200degrees Celsius for 10-15 mins. Then enjoy!
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