True Story: I almost ate an entire package of tofu yesterday!! More on that later…
First, yesterday’s breakfast:
Made with one of my eggs I bought from a locally from athens.locallygrown.net. Check out how bright the color is!! That’s not editing…that’s a really fresh egg! Topped with melted cheese on hearty Farmer’s Market bread with honey mustard and sauteed spinach. Yum!
Egg sammie was delicious! But I’m used to having something sweet at breakfast time, so I also made a cup of strawberries with cinnamon and almond butter:
Ok, now onto the tofu….
When I got home from class yesterday, I cut a little over half of a 16 oz. package of firm tofu into strips, arranged them between two paper towels on a cutting board, and put a casserole dish on top to press the moisture out. I left the tofu like this for about an hour while I went for a run. I got this method from this post that Ashley from Daily Goods posted last week! Her delicious looking tofu inspired my craving .
After running, I took the other half of the tofu and attempted this recipe from Enlightened Cooking blog. I didn’t have any lemon juice, so I just put about 8 oz. tofu with 1 tbsp. canola oil, 1 tbsp. real maple syrup, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and blended until smooth! Then I put it back in the fridge for dessert later.
In a pan, I heated up some olive oil, and fried the tofu strips until they were golden and crispy on both sides. In another pan, I sauteed some zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, and spinach. Put it all on a plate, and sprinkle feta on top.
I also mixed some Annie Gingerly Dressing with balsamic vinegar to use as a dressing.
This was my very first successful attempt at tofu!! I have tried to sautee tofu before, but I didn’t know you were supposed to press the moisture out first, and it was a disaster. I made a huge mess of watery tofu cubes that I tried to make tasty with a good dressing, but they were gross. I thought that maybe tofu is something I should only order at restaurants and not attempt to cook myself. Tonight I proved that theory wrong! Yay! I would have eaten all the tofu strips I sauteed, but they were so good I wanted left overs!! So I saved just enough to make a small sandwich
Then I had my tofu cream for dessert! I mixed it with chocolate chips (Ghirardelli 60%, of course), coconut, cinnamon, and topped it with whipped cream.
At this point, I realized that I had the ability to eat the entire package of tofu! I almost went back for seconds on the tofu cream, and I could have easily eaten the last few bites of tofu strips. I stopped myself before this happened when I realized what I was doing. Although tofu is supposed to be a healthy source of soy protein, there is only fair evidence for its health claims and I’m not sure if I really consider tofu a real food…while its not exactly a processed product, it is not as natural as fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, nuts, eggs, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I like tofu and I’m going to keep eating it. I will eat anything that I enjoy in moderation. And I’m sure tofu is healthier than a lot of things I eat (like ice cream and chocolate cake)… I just don’t think 16 oz. in one sitting is a good idea! What are your thoughts on tofu?