Do you include tofu as part of your regular diet? Would you like to try it but aren’t sure how to begin? I’ve got plenty of ideas for you! Come and join the Tofu Revolution!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by House Foods Tofu and I was compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own.
Vegetarians and vegans have long appreciated the health benefits and amazing versatility of tofu. The recent emphasis on including more plant based foods in our diets for both health and environmental reasons has awakened the enthusiasm for enjoying more tofu. Did you know that 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease? Why not include this protein packed superfood on your next Meatless Monday table?
Let’s be honest, some people have never tried tofu. Others may want to, but are unsure what to do with it, or if they will even like it. There is so much more to tofu than stir-fry! I can promise that tofu has a very mild taste and basically takes on the flavors of any dish. The most important step to cooking with tofu is understanding which variety works best with the type of recipe you choose to make. But first- a bit about House Foods…
All House Foods Tofu products are made from U.S.A. grown, Non-GMO soybeans of the highest quality. Having two production facilities in both California & New Jersey enables House Foods to provide the freshest tofu on the market. Their products are also Non-GMO verified, Gluten-free and Kosher certified. What a perfect way to include more plant based protein in your diet!
So what do I do with tofu? Here’s a simple guide to help you choose the best House Foods product:
All of these varieties are available in Organic and Premium (non-organic).
• Smooth block that has a delicate body and a mild, milky flavor
• Great alternative for dairy and eggs in desserts and baked goods that also works well in savory dishes, smoothies and smoothie bowls.
Medium Firm Tofu
• Good choice for dishes that require braising or boiling
• Great for soups and dressing, smoothies or ice cream
• A go-to choice for tofu newbies. Works with almost any recipe.
• Great for savory dishes
• Holds up well to frying and grilling
Extra Firm Tofu
• The firmest of all tofu with most amount of protein (8g per serving)
• Consistency makes it suitable for heartier dishes and replacing meat
• Firm tofu and Extra firm tofu can be used interchangeably in many recipes
Check out some of my creations featuring House Foods tofu:
The unbelievably delicious tofu based recipes below were developed and prepared by Vegan Divas in NYC. OMG, everyone who tasted them begged for more:
The Shirataki Secret:
What if I told you there was a way to enjoy pasta for 10-20 calories per serving? Don’t believe me? Check out House Foods Shirataki Noodles.
There are several varieties of these super low calorie noodles, each made from different ingredients.
Shirataki, meaning “white waterfall” in Japanese, is a traditional Japanese noodle made with an Asian Yam called Konjac, or Konnyaku. Tofu Shirataki is made by adding tofu to traditional Shirataki, and House Foods offers several kinds of Shirataki products.
The most commonly found is Tofu Shirataki – Made from a blend of Tofu and Konjac, these noodles are available in Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Angel Hair and Macaroni shapes and contain only 10 calories and 3g of carbs per serving. A whole bag contains only 20 calories!
Brand new to the line-up is the Smart Noodle. Unlike Tofu Shirataki, Smart Noodle does not contain any tofu. It’s soy free and made from a blend of oat and rice fibers and Konjac. Smart Noodle contains 400mg ALA Omega 3, 6g fiber and only 20 calories per serving (1/2 of a bag). So, when you eat the whole bag (let’s be honest, you know you will), you are getting a whopping 12 grams of fiber for only 40 calories! Try it in spaghetti and fettuccine shapes.
This Tofu Pesto Shirataki is an easy way to enjoy both tofu and shirataki. Simply saute cubes of firm or extra firm tofu in olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir in some pesto and add a prepared bag of House Foods Shirataki noodles. You’ve got a meatless meal in minutes.
House Foods Tofu products are available at Sprouts, Kroger and Costco nationwide, and select Whole Foods and other local retailers. Suggested retail price: $1.99 – $2.49 per package
For more information, recipe ideas and nutritional facts, visit: www.house-foods.com
What tofu recipe are YOU going to make first? Please share your favorites with me in the comments below: