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  • So, You Bought a Block of Tofu. Now What?

    by Kenna Smoot on February 8, 2014

    Cooking-Tofu Some of you awesome readers, may be vegan veterans and masters of how to cook tofu. However, believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there that have no idea what to do with it.

    If you’re a texture person, like myself, then that squishy tofu, that comes in giant cubes on your favorite Thai dish may be daunting. Hey, I hear ya and I am here to help.

    Tofu is amazing, because it can be so many things. Think of that giant white block as a beautiful piece of clay waiting to be molded into whatever you want. Except, don’t eat real clay, but do eat tofu. It also has lots and lots of health benefits and your body will thank you later.

    My personal favorite is baked tofu. You can marinate it in any sauce you want for whatever flavor you’re going for. You want it on top of linguine? Well try a lemon herb marinade. You want it on top of spaghetti? Try marinating it in some olive oil and some herbs. Stir fry? Do a teriyaki marinade. The sky’s the limit!

    Ingredients:

    • A block of tofu (firm or extra firm is great for baking)
    • The marinade of your choice

    Instructions:

    • Start by taking a block of extra firm tofu (I always buy organic), drain it and put paper towels under it and over it. Then press on it firmly until you feel you’ve squeezed most of the water out.
    • Then cut it into small pieces.
    • Put it into a bowl or a big wide dish works great too, pour your marinade of choice over the top and let it sit in it while the oven preheats to 350°
    • Once the oven is preheated, spread the tofu out in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 min.

    Voila!

    That’s not so bad and it’ll have a similar texture to chicken pieces if you’re new at being vegan and need that texture. Sprinkle it on salads, over noodles, eat it on sandwiches, whatever you’d like!

    Another cool thing you can do with tofu, is make a tofu scramble. I never liked scrambled eggs pre-vegan so as a vegan this wasn’t something that ever interested me. So I had to call in the pros on this one, it may shock you that I am not a tofu pro, but it’s true.  This recipe from About.com seems quick and easy with things that most people would have in their pantry/fridge.

    You can also make quiche with it. Again, I phoned a friend and got this great recipe from VegWeb.com (really great site for just about any vegan recipe under the sun).

    And of course my favorite, dessert. Tofu makes the best pies! This amazing chocolate cream pie recipe was featured on Vegan Housewives for Thanksgiving, but it deserves another mention. Oh, and the soy whipped cream can be used on any of your favorite desserts!

    What is your favorite thing to make with tofu?

    About Kenna Smoot

    Meat Meets Vegan Blogger, Model, Mom & Startup Wife Kenna is a 10 year vegan veteran, mother to little vegan gentlemen, and wife of a successful startup entrepreneur. When she was 9 her grandfather moved into her family's home with stage 4 cancer and 6 months to live. After starting an organic diet he added 2 extra years to his life. Still, the pain from watching him suffer caused her to vow to do her part to protect her family from cancer. In her late teens she began researching nutrition and on her quest she found the benefits of a vegan diet; and has never looked back. She now has her own blog where she turns Pinterest's top recipes into vegan delights with instructions showing you how to do it. Check it out at www.meatmeetsvegan.com She is also a model in Los Angeles under the alias "Kenna Cade". Her modeling has landed her in Axe body spray commercials, featured in Mademoiselle magazine, the face of a Swedish beauty company, spokesmodel for countless skin care companies, luxury events and is now the image used for the heroine in a new comic book series coming out next year.

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