Tofu, on its own, doesn't look like much. It's an off-white block with a faint beany flavor and no sodium. But tofu is a terrific and healthy protein source for those who are dairy-free, vegan, or just looking to eat a little healthier, and there are several ways that any cook can turn tofu into something delicious.
Baked tofu is simple to make and healthy, and it can be used in so many kinds of dishes. Serve baked tofu with steamed veggies and rice, make a baked tofu sandwich layered with veggies and spreads, serve it over a salad, or just eat it as it is! Prepared with a simple sesame marinade, this recipe is great for everyday meals, family dinners, and even parties.
These tofu fingers are my favorite excuse to eat fried food. Extra-firm tofu is marinated in vegetable stock for an hour or so to soak in the flavors, and then tossed in panko bread coating, fried, and seasoned generously with salt and pepper. Serve Crispy Fried Tofu Fingers with dipping sauces like barbecue sauce and spicy mustards.
Pureeing silken tofu is an easy way to make a creamy consistency for dozens of vegan desserts, quiches, and sauces. Here are a few favorite pureed tofu recipes:
The easiest way to make a tofu dish that everyone will love is to deep fry it, but that's also a great way to add a little bit to everyone's waistline. This is, of course, the grand conundrum of the gourmand: how to eat well without weighing a lot.
Well, there is a time and a place for deep-fried tofu, but for everyday meals, I love making this Coconut Curry Tofu with Rice for picky tofu eaters. Steaming the tofu on top of the creamy, flavorful rice is a nice, healthy, easy way to prepare the protein so that it's soft but not chewy. Mild in appearance but full-bodied in flavor, this dish is vegan comfort food with a kick.