More on Tofu

My previous post on tofu seemed to be a hit, so I’ve decided to share a few more tips and recipes for making tofu.  My last post featured tofu recipes that I’d normally make for lunch.  Check out two of my favorite effortless tofu dinner dishes.

Tofu Marinara
The key to this recipe is freezing the tofu beforehand.  This will create a nice chewy, meaty texture. (Serves 4-5)

-1 8 0z. block of tofu, prefrozen and thawed
-2 1/2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce  (If I don’t use homemade, I enjoy Classico’s Basil and Tomato sauce or Trader Joe’s Tomato and Basil sauce)
-Brown Rice or whole wheat pasta, cooked
-A few basil leaves, chopped

Press the block of tofu between a towel, squeezing out any excess water.  Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.  Place the tomato sauce into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Add the cubed tofu and cook an additional 5 minutes, letting the flavors of the sauce melt into the tofu.  Remove from heat and spoon sauce over a bowl of brown rice or pasta.  Sprinkle with chopped basil.

Tofu With Asian Garlic Sauce
This recipe will leave your mouth lingering with garlic, but it’s so tasty that it’s worth a little late-night garlic breath. (Serves 4)
-1/4 cup fresh cilantro (If you don’t enjoy cilantro, feel free to substitute parsley)
-1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 scallion, minced
-1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
-2 Tbsp soy sauce
-2 Tbsp mirin or a sweet white wine
-1 tsp hoisin sauce
-1 tsp toasted sesame oil
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 pound extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2 inch strips
-Brown rice, cooked
Combine the cilantro, garlic, scallion, pepper flakes, soy sauce, mirin, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil in a bowl.  In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Stir-fry tofu until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add sauce, and cook for approx. 2 minutes.  Serve finished tofu over the brown rice.

Miso Soup

Ever wonder how they make the miso soup you order at your favorite Japanese restaurant?  Let me tell you, it’s not hard!  Miso soup makes a great, healthy vegetarian replacement for chicken noodle soup when you’re feeling a little under the weather, or if you simply have the winter blues.

-3 cups water
-2 Tbsp miso (Take your choice of red, white, or barley miso)
-2 scallions, chopped
-3-5 shitake mushrooms, sliced
-1 5×5 inch piece of wakame, shredded
-1/2 block medium or firm tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes
Bring water to a simmer and add seaweed.  Let simmer for about 5-6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and scallions, and cook until tender.  Reduce heat to very low and stir in the miso.  Once the miso is dissolved, remove from heat.  Try to prevent the soup from boiling once the miso is added because this will diminish some of it’s healthy properties.

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    November 24, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Nice post. I am not a vegan but I like soy on occasion. Sometimes I have it a lot during the week and sometimes I go weeks on end eating meats straight 🙂 I also have things like flavored tempeh and edamame sometimes, and I found this wildwood tofu (processed meat really) but got to be open to new things. I know some people have soy everyday and others have it only 2-3 times a week. Any thoughts? I guess it depends on a persons preference and tolerance to it…
    The good thing about it is that vegans can also bulk up a meal sometimes without tofu (if they want to have some soyless meals) with lots of beans, breads and nuts, avocado, etc.

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    November 24, 2009 at 9:00 am

    this has nothing to do with your post, so i apologize in advance. its just that you seem pretty intelligent and i just wanted your opinion on something. for the past 11 months i have battling health issues ( i have a crippling left leg, moderate arthritis , digestive and kidney problems, etc…all stemmed from a mixture of different things)…I spent pretty well all summer in bed because most days i was so sick and nauseous it was horrendous…through this all i have been making myself eat (because i lost weight initially due to a lot of this, and i was normal weight in the beginning…and doctors said i had to force myself to eat regardless cause i wasnt helping to be low weight now)…so i have been through a battle…i used to be a great runner and for the last 11 months i have only been able to summon a short lazy walk during the day sometime and some stretching on occasion (but difficult cause of my leg). I cant afford a gym or classes or anything like that either..i can only afford basically my car, rent, groceries, and the absolute essentials. On a side note, living with new roommates has done wonders to lift my spirits and stuff.
    Either way, I have a family member who runs miles miles and does yoga and all that amazing stuff…and i have reached out to her just to ask her if she “understands my situation and feels it is okay…and understands why it is so so so hard for me”…instead she tears me down and says to me things like “why are being so mean, etc…” she always turns it back to HER and makes it seem like i am saying she is “bad” for being so successful in life….but its not that at all…instead i am sad at my own situation and amazed at hers…if the tables were turned she might know….so i find it difficult….i wish she could understand that and just say to me ” i do not understand but i know that it must be the most extremely difficult thing to go through ever and good luck and stop feeling guilty for having to sit basically for 2 years straight”….it just marvels me how some people are so centered on themself and cannot see that some people need just one or two words of kindness and nicety to make it seem better…
    this is so off-topic, but i would appreciate any TIPS you might have on how to move on if she refuses to tell me she a) believes me, and b) thinks it is fine that i have had to give up all exercise and deal with this….instead she continues to make me feel enormous guilt, anxiety and worry for it all…
    sorry to block this all here, i just feel i need to try one last thing to figure out some way to deal with the selfishness of anothers inability to (not understand…cause she never ever will) but just to see the difficulty of it, and say its ok or something….just that and its like the whole thing could then wash away for me….these feelings are terrible .
    Thanks for any tips and have a great day. Not vegan, but like the ideas you give for some different stuff.

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      Sandra Blume
      November 25, 2009 at 8:35 am

      Why are you continuing to look to this very negative person for what you KNOW you need? There must be a group (church, Social Services, or other source) where you would be heard and affirmed. This person is causing you to suffer more, not less. Let her GO! Write to yourself as someone who says what you need to hear if there is no other choice. LET her GO. Just stop communicating with her and she will melt away. You have no obligation to tell her what you are doing.

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    Michelle Nardine R.D.
    November 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Thats funny you mentioned miso soup because I was looking through the healthy kitchen cookbook last night and I just kept reading the miso soup recipe over and over again. Now I read it on here, it is really calling my name!

    Here is what Dr. Weil mentions in the cookbook: “Miso is rich in protein and vitamin B. Miso’s color variations are due to the amount of soybean and salt that are used. I [Dr. Weil] always use light yellow because it has the right amount of texture and flavor”. Thought you might enjoy that fun fact! 🙂

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    November 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Yums those recipes look and sound so good! I need to get some tofu asap =)

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    November 24, 2009 at 10:52 am

    From a vegetarian that always has trouble cooking her own tofu – thank you, thank you! It is definitely an art to be mastered, getting the right texture each time.

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    November 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Yummy the Asian one sounds wonderful!

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    November 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your tofu looks great. I am trying to teach some 8th graders about tofu right now so we will see if I can convince anyone to try any.

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    November 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I have a tendency to just marinate and pan fry tofu. I need some inspiration! Thanks for the ideas 🙂

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    November 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Yum great recipes!! I haven’t had tofu in a bit now, will have to pick some up 🙂

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    November 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Yes! Freezing the tofu ahead of time is key…after pressing a lot of the water out! Great recipes!

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    November 25, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I go through phases with tofu. It might be time for me to go through another phase because I’m craving Chinese food and I might have to tackle your recipe.

    Big thanks!

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    November 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for your post on new tofu ideas! I find myself doing the same ol things with tofu. I am for sure gonna do the miso soup!

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