10 Delicious Tofu Dishes

Date:29-07-2013 15:40:15 read:2

A vegetarian’s delight, tofu, is a food item that is extremely high in protein with numerous health benefits. Tofu is also known as bean curd, which is made by coagulating soy milk. Apart from being a very healthy food option, tofu is also very delicious and is used in many cuisines, mainly in Asian ones. Tofu is easily available all around the world, and it does not take too much time to cook. It is seemingly bland, but takes on the flavor from its surrounding ingredients, thus making it highly delicious.

Tofu as an ingredient provides you with a range of dishes that will attract kids and adults both. You can experiment with this amazing food item, and rest assured, it will not disappoint you at all. Here are 10 of the best mouth-watering Tofu dishes.

1. Sesame-ginger Tofu and Vegetables

This is a light but filling recipe of tofu, backed with fresh vegetables and spices. For sesame-ginger tofu and vegetables, all you need is some freshly cut cucumbers, carrots, baby spinach and green onions with sesame seeds, garlic and ginger, and oil. Toss these ingredients and add soba noodles and tofu. Mix it well with maple syrup and rice vinegar, and your amazing tofu dish is ready to eat!

2. Crispy Tofu with Peanut Sauce

This is a quick and crispy tofu dish that is absolutely yummy. For preparing this mouth-watering dish, you need some firm tofu along with sliced onions, red and yellow pepper, and a handful of green beans. Fry the square-shaped tofu till golden in colour, and toss the vegetables in the remaining oil. Whisk it with peanut butter and chili-garlic sauce, and serve it steaming hot.

3. Secretly Creamy Pesto Pasta

If you want a break from chicken or beef in your pasta routine, then tofu can be a terrific idea. Secretly Creamy Pesto Pasta is very healthy and easy to make. Take some grape tomatoes, arugula leaves, toasted almonds and soft tofu, put it in the pan with hot vegetable oil and toss it with garlic, Parmesan cheese and salt to taste. Later, add the boiled pasta and stir it for some minutes. Your amazing pasta dish is ready to serve.

4. Tofu Burger Deluxe

Burgers can now be healthier and tastier with the Tofu Burger Deluxe. All you need is burger buns and some freshly cut vegetables like tomatoes, onions, boiled potatoes and lettuce. You can make tofu patties – sautéed, steamed, grilled or broiled – and place them in between the bread slices and vegetables. Season it with bread crumbs, parsley flakes, apple cider vinegar and salt to taste. Your tasty burger is ready to eat.

5. Stewed Tofu with Corn and Tomatoes

Another healthy recipe with tofu is here. For stewed tofu with corn and tomatoes, you need some firm tofu cut into 4-inch thick slices, ripe tomatoes diced, fresh corn, diced scallions and some paprika. Heat some olive oil and sauté the tofu till it becomes golden brown. Then add the vegetables and toss it. Add some salt and pepper, as per taste, and sprinkle some parsley or cilantro on top, and your healthy protein option is ready.

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6. Golden Tofu Soup

Opting for a tofu soup is an extremely healthy choice. Soups are amazing appetizers that complete your meal. Giving it a tofu touch can be very exciting too. To make golden tofu soup, take some freshly cut vegetables of your choice with extra firm tofu diced. Heat a little vegetable oil and toss the veggies in it, along with some grated ginger, coconut milk and honey. Add some Thai curry paste for the authentic taste, and stir it for some time. The hot golden tofu soup is ready to be slurped!

7. Tofu Chili

This fast and easy to make recipe is great for people who are living alone and do not have the time to make and eat healthy meals. For this amazing dish, all you need is two cans of fresh chili beans and chickpeas, a jar of sliced mushrooms, tomato sauce and some tofu crumbles. Add chili beans and chickpeas in a hot pan and sauté them for few minutes. Then put the sliced mushrooms and add the crumbled tofu and mix it well. Before removing it from the pan, add some Tabasco sauce and chili powder with sautéed garlic and oregano for taste, and serve it hot.

8. Savoury sesame-tofu cakes

This is a great recipe for a lavish breakfast or for teatime snacks. The savoury sesame tofu cakes are easy to make and can be a luxury item for the guests at home. Take some finely chopped carrots, fresh coriander, hoisin sauce, sesame oil and chili-garlic sauce and blend it in the whisked egg mixture. Then crumble the tofu in the mixture and make round cakes of small sizes. Deep fry these cakes and serve with hot sauce or chutneys; however you like. Even the meat lovers will not think twice before indulging in this amazing dish.

9. Tofu Sandwich Spread

Sandwiches are one dish that can be experimented with in various ways, and will still give splendid results each time. This is the most favorite dish of all vegetarians and it hardly takes anytime to make. Get some firm tofu from the market and freeze it overnight. The next day, squeeze the moisture out of the tofu and crumble it into the bowl. Now add some celery, green onion, mayonnaise, soy sauce and lemon juice, and mix it well. Spread it on the bread slices with a lettuce leaf and you are ready to go. Your splendid tofu spread sandwich is all prepared.

10. Baked Tofu Nuggets

Kids love nuggets, and with baked tofu nuggets you will be offering them something healthy too. Slice the tofu ½-inch thick, and dip it in a bowl of olive oil until it gets evenly coated. Then add some cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, nutritional yeast and salt to taste in the bowl, and mix it well. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bake these evenly coated tofu nuggets for 15 minutes. Your hot and scrumptious tofu nuggets are ready to be served with some dipping sauce or mayonnaise.

These are the few amazing tofu dishes that can be a great accompaniment for a protein-filled diet. Prepare some of these yummy dishes and surprise your family with a wholesome meal. You will not be disappointed with the response for sure.

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