Tip of the Day
Tofu for Everyone
Nowadays, tofu is more than just a meat, eggs and cheese replacement for those who follow a vegetarian diet. Many people with all types of diets enjoy tofu in main courses, side dishes and even desserts.
Made from curdled soymilk and pressed into blocks, tofu can be eaten fresh or cooked in many different ways and is an excellent source of protein.
Types and uses of tofu include:
- Extra-firm tofu: frying, roasting, grilling or marinating
- Firm tofu: stir-frying, boiling or to use as filling
- Soft tofu: pureeing
- Silken tofu: pureeing, simmering, egg substitution, used in vegan desserts and smoothies
Tofu's popularity has risen so much that there are even flavored varieties, such as smoked, teriyaki, Mexican and Italian.
Visit the How Do I video library for a video tutorial on how to mash tofu and use it in place of ricotta cheese in some of your favorite recipes.
For more nutrition tips during National Nutrition Month, visit www.eatright.org.
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Reviewed January 2013