I’m not a vegetarian. My husband loves to hunt, and I will gladly eat venison. Chicken is a staple of my diet. But, I like experimenting with meatless days. I love salads, roasted veggies, etc. Sometimes we forget about protein on those days, and then we wonder why we’re hungry 2 hours later.
So, even if you’re a carnivore and think you vegetarian food is gross, just hear me out…
TOFU. Yup, tofu.
Anything you can do with meat (except for grilling) you can do with tofu. It’s a great source of low-fat protein. There’s about 10 grams of protein in a half cup! I know you might have tried it before, but unless you know what you’re doing, it can turn out a soupy, crumbly mess. There are some secrets for actually making it taste delicious.
You can probably find tofu in the refrigerated portion of your local produce section. It comes in packages that look like this:
It’s packed in water, and when you take it out, you have a watery block of white stuff.
Whatever you plan to do with your tofu, the first step is to press the water out of it! They actually make tofu presses, but it’s as easy as using some paper towels:
Just smush your tofu between some folded paper towels. You’ll be surprised at how much water drains out of it. Now it’s ready for whatever recipe you have in mind!
This is my favorite way to prepare tofu. You can eat it with some greens and a side of rice, or you can throw it in a stir fry! It’s super versatile!
Easy Baked Tofu
- 16 oz. extra firm tofu
- 3 Tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil (check the international foods aisle)
- 1 tsp Sriracha sauce
- pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Press the water out of the tofu as described above. Cut the tofu into one-inch chunks and place in a large bowl. Whisk together the remaining ingredients then pour over tofu. Gently stir the tofu to coat with the mixture (you can also refrigerate it and let it marinate if you want a stronger flavor). Bake the tofu for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
It browns up so nicely and tastes delicious!
Don’t be afraid to try this crazy-looking protein! It’ll definitely expand your meatless recipe selection!