Did You Squeeze Your Tofu Today?
Does the thought of eating Tofu turn you off? Unfortunately many people who have never substituted the cheese-like protein for a less-healthy alternative say the same thing. After all, how could a food product made from soy milk taste as good as a slab of bacon. Truth is, it can't.. at least for those eaters who love bacon. However, at 94 calories for a half a cup (4.4 ounces) of regular tofu compared to 575 calories for a similar amount of bacon, tofu is an excellent source of vegetarian protein. Plus, like other plant-based foods, tofu is cholesterol free.
Also known as bean curd, tofu is produced by coagulating soy milk and then forming the resulting curds into blocks like most forms of cheese. If you purchased firm or regular soft tofu from the store that was packaged in water, you will want to get the liquid out before using it in its raw form or cooking it. The process is as simple as "squeezing your tofu". Place an absorbent paper towel on your cutting board, then place the tofu on the towel and lay another paper towel on top. Now place a small plate on top and gently press down. Once the liquid is squeezed out, the tofu is ready to use. Note: Silken tofu has a custard-like texture and does not require this step before use.
A lot of home chefs use tofu in its raw form for snacks or salads but tofu can be cooked to produce a variety of savory dishes. Cut into blocks or slices, tofu can be pan seared, fried, toasted, grilled, etc. The outer skin can be seasoned specifically for your dish and cooked until it becomes firm to the fork. Due to its naturally subtle taste, it is easy to work the protein into almost dish, such as soups, casseroles, noodle entrees, stir fries, salads, sandwiches or vegetarian pizzas. To learn more about cooking with tofu, check out the Recipe section of this website. For a personalized plan to lose weight and keep it off for good, contact the Metabolic Research Center nearest you.
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