Easy Tofu Recipes - How do you like your 'Fu?

Worried about protein on a plant based diet? Try some easy Tofu recipes! Embrace the versatility of this Asian ingredient. 

Easy Tofu recipes are so much fun to make. Tofu once known as 'Cheese of Asia', are now available in supermarkets everywhere! They come in blocks and in different texture: soft, medium, firm, extra firm and even sprouted.

easy tofu recipeStir-fried firm Tofu with collard greens from the organic backyard garden.

Here's a little bit of its profile:

Tofu is also called Soybean curd. It is a seemingly innocent bland food, but never under-estimate its ability to absorb all the flavors from other foods and flavorings you put in it while cooking. It's like a sponge that absorbs all the flavors.

It is a highly nutritious, protein rich vegetarian food that is made from the curds of soybean milk. Usually off-white in color, but sometimes sold as flavored.

The flavored Tofu are usually darker. These bean curds are usually packaged in rectangular blocks. Tofu is a staple mainstay in many Asian countries. 

Tofu is an excellent source of plant based calcium for vegetarians and vegans, a very good source of iron and protein.

In addition, tofu is a very good source of the nutrient called selenium, the omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, copper, and magnesium.  

So are you ready to make some delicious 'Fu? Let's do it!

  • 1 block of Extra Firm Tofu
  • garlic crushed
  • Ginger - grated, crushed or you can use the powder type.
  • Onion - sliced
  • Collard Greens (substitute bokchoy or kale or any greens available)
  • Shiitake Mushrooms (any kind you like will do)
  • Soy sauce
  • Hoisen Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Put a bit of oil (any kind of oil) in a wok or fry pan. Saute the garlic, ginger and the onion until soft but not burnt. Add a tbp of Hoisen sauce and a splash of soy sauce. Add the mushrooms and stir. Add the chunks of extra firm tofu. Stir carefully until coated. Cook a few minutes. Your kitchen must smell awesome right about now. Add in the collards or greens and stir until they're crisp and tender. Season with salt and pepper. 

Pour over hot steamed rice and serve.

Eaten with steamed rice, this was divine. 

It's a re-assuring thing that this dish is jam-packed with good-for-you protein. Collard greens and mushrooms are loaded with all the essential vitamins and minerals as well.

Tofu is a much healthier source of protein as opposed to animal flesh because it's a plant-based body-friendly protein that's easily digestible.

Other Easy Tofu recipes you can try:

Sweet and Sour
  • Breaded and air-fried to make it crunchy on the outside
  • Caramelized 
  • Stir-fried
  • You can also put them in smoothies
  • Make it sweet and sour
  • Make a vegetarian burrito filling
  • Make a vegan eggless scramble 

Try them air fried. They come out nice and crispy on the outside and perfect on the inside.

Use and Air Fryer

Recipe Tip:

  • Drain a block of tofu by putting them in a colander. Put a cheese cloth on top of it and top with something heavy (like a can of soup) and let drain for about an hour. Slice in square shapes or triangular. You can call this: the kindest Tofu torture process to let it spill out all it's moisture.
  • Marinate with your favorite spices or flavor combinations and use them in healthy vegetarian recipes for a meaty texture.
  • Blend together soft tofu, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice to make a tofu dip. 
  • Scramble soft tofu together with your favorite vegetables and the spice turmeric to give it a yellow "egg-like" coloring. This delicious dish can be served as is or can be used as the basis for "tofu rancheros" by being wrapped in a tortilla and served with black beans and salsa. 
  • Blend soft tofu with your favorite fruits (and honey or other natural sweeteners to taste) in a blender or food processor and serve for breakfast or dessert. 

Try some easy Tofu Recipes for a change. They're an excellent source of vegetarian protein.

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