By: Caroline Fraissinet
When most people hear the word tofu, the word vegetarian usually comes to mind. Usually, the second word that comes to mind (depending on who you are) is bland. However, the latter definitely does not have to be the case. Tofu is a sponge for flavor — in fact, tofu can be used in almost any dish.
Tofu, made from soybeans, has existed for thousands of years. Although there are many different theories about how tofu was first created, all of the theories can agree on the fact that it originated in ancient China. Tofu was first manufactured in the United States around 1870. However, it did not really become popular until the 1960s, when the interest in vegetarianism as well as an increased awareness of Asian culture became more widespread. Today, tofu can be found almost anywhere as a popular vegetarian alternative to meat.
Tofu is a firm staple in Asian cuisine, but is quickly becoming widely consumed in many other types of cooking as the prevalence of vegetarian and vegan diets has increased. It is a great source of protein there is approximately 10.7% in a serving of firm tofu. It is also very low in fat and has proven to reduce bad cholesterol in the body. Tofu also contains soy isoflavones, which can reduce hot flashes as well as the risk of several types of cancers. Additionally, the FDA stated 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.”
Tofu alone can be quite bland, but that is easily fixed. Tofu can be added as a meat substitute in virtually any dish try seasoning it the way you would steak or chicken. You can also cook it in a variety of different ways; sautÃ©ed tofu in a stir-fry or a salad can be a great addition to your cooking. Also, silken tofu can be used to make desserts; blend it with some cocoa powder and your favorite extracts and you have a chocolate mousse! The possibilities are literally endless; just type in recipes with tofu into your search browser and you’re bound to find many delicious meals.
Tofu is a food that could feature in almost every dish imaginable. It is great for your health and can taste great with minimal effort, too. It is truly a culinary chameleon.