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Unread 02-16-2017, 11:53 AM   #1
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Teach me how to eat and like tofu

I have never eaten tofu, but I want to try it. How do I do it? What are some good, easy, healthy, and mostly yummy recipes to try?

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Unread 02-16-2017, 01:01 PM   #2
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Hooboy. I'm gonna be eating a lot of tofu in fairly short order, until Easter. Great Lent is nearly here!

Here's some great ideas.

Tofu Recipes: 52 Brilliant Ways to Spice Up Boring Tofu | Greatist

There's two schools of thought, basically. The first is to use it as a substitute in any place that you'd use meat or eggs.

The second is to use it in ways that are sort of unique to tofu itself. Chinese cooking has a lot of dishes that contain tofu and meat, so obviously they're not using it as a meat substitute like vegans or Orthodox Christians during a fast.
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I've had tofu cooked many, many ways. To me, it always tastes the same. Like... well, nothing.

In my opinion, it's just a good way to add some health benefits into otherwise perfectly good food.
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I ate some curried stuff recently, knocked me out for a few days. Too spicy.
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I've had tofu cooked many, many ways. To me, it always tastes the same. Like... well, nothing.

In my opinion, it's just a good way to add some health benefits into otherwise perfectly good food.
Yep. I'm with Art.

I neither like nor dislike it - it's a filler. It's like putting a bunch of little sponges in your sauce or soup to soak up the flavor and give consistency.

I have a tofu chili recipe that people like a lot, but I've found that it's better if I substitute ground beef for the tofu.
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I think two of the most important aspects of food (besides nutrition) are taste and mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is, I think, an important component that is often overlooked. It was why some McDonald's fries taste gross (those slimy ones) and others taste great (those nice crispy ones).

I wonder, then, how tofu can be manipulated. I recognise its ability to soak up flavours. But, how is the consistency? Can you give it a nice char? Is it always so static in consistency?
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I've had tofu cooked many, many ways. To me, it always tastes the same. Like... well, nothing.

In my opinion, it's just a good way to add some health benefits into otherwise perfectly good food.

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Yep. I'm with Art.

I neither like nor dislike it - it's a filler. It's like putting a bunch of little sponges in your sauce or soup to soak up the flavor and give consistency.
See, this doesn't really bother me. It seems like it most gets used to absorb other flavors, which, considering it's inexpensive and has some health benefits, I'm okay with, as long as I can make it taste good and the texture isn't weird.

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I have a tofu chili recipe that people like a lot, but I've found that it's better if I substitute ground beef for the tofu.
That is kind of what I wonder about some of the tofu recipes I've come across. Not that there's anything wrong with using it as a meat replacement, but sometimes meat is just better. I also think chili kind of needs ground beef to even be chili.


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I think two of the most important aspects of food (besides nutrition) are taste and mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is, I think, an important component that is often overlooked. It was why some McDonald's fries taste gross (those slimy ones) and others taste great (those nice crispy ones).

I wonder, then, how tofu can be manipulated. I recognise its ability to soak up flavours. But, how is the consistency? Can you give it a nice char? Is it always so static in consistency?
While I like the slimy McDonald's fries the best, I otherwise completely agree that the consistency has to be good or else it's totally pointless.

Obviously I know nothing about tofu because I started this thread, but I did find this recipe where the tofu is pan-fried to be crispy, which is something I can get behind. https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/02/...with-broccoli/
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Unread 02-17-2017, 11:00 AM   #8
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i would make sure tofu is something you can eat. i like miso soup (which includes tofu) but i can only have soy in a couple of forms, and tofu is not one of them.

maybe take it slowly just to be sure...there are cautions about women and soy consumption.

as for my recipe suggestion, try it in stirfry?
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That is kind of what I wonder about some of the tofu recipes I've come across. Not that there's anything wrong with using it as a meat replacement, but sometimes meat is just better. I also think chili kind of needs ground beef to even be chili.
If you can find tempeh (often found in the same aisle of the grocery store one finds tofu, or at more specialty health food/vegetarian stores), the consistency is actually a lot better for things like meatless chili. Because it uses whole soybeans and is fermented, its nutritional benefits exceed those of even tofu, and the fact that it uses whole beans means it has a more ground beef like consistency. I've made tempeh chili before. It's good. Sometimes you can get it flavored certain ways, but otherwise, like tofu, it soaks up whatever you cook it with.
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