If you’re anything like me you find tofu scary. It’s not because I don’t like to eat it, because I do, it’s just that despite being a vegetarian for over 25 years, I still haven’t mastered the art of cooking it properly.
Tofu, which is made from soy beans, is a great meat alternative as it’s a good source of protein and calcium, it’s versatile and it’s inexpensive. So, in an effort to overcome my fear, I decided to go in search of some recipes featuring tofu and trial them, with the goal of adding them to my weeknight repertoire.
To meet the inclusion criteria the recipes had to be relatively simple to make and be suitable for the whole family. Here are 3 of my favourites:
Tofu and vegetable stir-fry
This recipe is simple to make and full of flavour – the perfect mid-week meal! You easily can substitute the sweet chili tofu nuggets with any flavoured tofu cut into squares (I did). Check out the recipe at http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1888/tofu+vegetable+stir+fry. The Taste.com website has loads of other delicious-looking recipes using tofu so it’s definitely worth a look.
Miso vegetables and tofu
This is another really simple recipe to make but with delicious Japanese flavours. You can easily add some noodles or serve on a bed of rice for a complete meal. You’ll find the recipe here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/miso-vegetables-tofu-recipe.html. It’s from an American website (one of my favourites) so you’ll need to convert the quantities from ounces to grams (6 ounces miso = 170g).
This has always been a favourite of mine and my daughter’s when we eat out at Japanese restaurants so I was thrilled to discover that I can make it at home. I usually serve it with some edamame and miso soup. I use this recipe by the wonderful Charmaine Solomon: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/tofu-dashi-agedashi-tofu.
Quinoa and tofu with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts
OK, so this recipe is neither that simple nor kid-friendly but it looks so incredibly delicious that I just had to include it. It would be a great dish to take to a friend’s house for a dinner party or BBQ. It definitely has the wow factor and you never know, you may just be able to create some tofu converts. From one of my favourite websites I mentioned previously: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/heathers-quinoa-recipe.html. Enjoy!