Good Tofu Recipes / Complicated Recipes

Good Tofu Recipes

W e've loved soybeans for a long time. Domesticated by the Chinese for more than 3, 000 years, tofu, soy's most well-known byproduct, was first created by the Chinese more than 2, 000 years ago. Tofu made its way throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia, gaining a foothold in many different cuisines. Nowadays, it's clear that this dietary staple of many a vegan and vegetarian—as well as other forms of soy such as edamame and soy milk—has made its way into the dietary mainstream.

For anyone wishing to incorporate more soy into their diet, tofu is a good choice. High in nutrients (iron and protein) and low in fat, tofu can mimic the texture of other foods and add either lightness or meatiness to a dish. Need a soup or cake to be creamy-smooth? Tofu can do that. Want something thick and meaty without eating meat? Reach for the tofu. Uncooked, tofu is edible, though many find it bland. The same blandness makes it the perfect ingredient to take on different flavors through various cooking methods: baking, broiling, frying, and grilling.


Most soy grown for food consumption is genetically modified (GM). If that concerns you, seek out soy products that are labeled organic and that indicate they're not made from GM beans. Two brands of tofu that don't use GM soybeans are Mori-Nu and Sunrise Soya.

Tofu is sold in a number of ways: in bags, sealed plastic tubs, and, more often, aseptic boxes. Once the packaging has been opened, it's important to keep any unused portions in an airtight container with water that is changed daily to prevent spoilage.

Recipes usually specify what type of tofu you need. The two most distinctive types found in stores are silken and regular tofu.

  • Silken tofu is just as its name implies: Delicate and fragile, it has a very soft, silky texture and must be gently handled since it'll break easily. Silken tofu works wonderfully as a dairy and egg substitute in soups and stews, smoothies, and baked goods such as cheesecake.
    recipe to try: Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Regular tofu comes in soft, medium, and firm densities with the soft tofu still firmer than the silken variety. Soft tofu is ideal for creating dips and mayonnaise. Firm tofu holds its shape and is great for grilling. It also makes for a great meat substitute.
Broadway Books This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--and Love Every Bite
Book (Broadway Books)
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Zucchini bread, smoothies: 2 educational recipes for kids  — The Birmingham News -
These recipes are from Deb Wakefield of P.E.E.R., a nonprofit that I profiled yesterday. She and her peers use them to teach kids to use and like vegetables and fruits in their food. Zucchini Bread. Makes 2 loaves (one to eat- one to share!) Ingredients.

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