Giving Taste to Tofu

Recipe: When Healthy Met Tasty 

Tofu is like that awful sweater your aunt bought you for Christmas: you learn to love it. My parents absolutely detest tofu, and I wasn’t always a big fan of it to be honest. I mean, it’s gooey, has a strange texture and has virtually NO taste whatsoever.

Why on earth would I eat it? The answer is quite simple, young grasshopper: one needs to know how to prepare it to give it flavor. Easier said than done, Master. It’s taken me a while to find recipes that I actually crave, but the challenge was accepted, and the challenge has finished successfully. I came up with 2 recipes to give taste to tofu. EUREKA.

 

First thing first, you need to know what tofu to buy. I wish I could help you on this, as in which specific brand, but I can’t. All I can say is that I prefer firm tofu, because it doesn’t fall into a thousand pieces when you prepare it. Always helpful. The way I make it, the only way I ever made it, was by pan frying it with some coconut oil.

Cut up your tofu into cubes, put 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the pan, and when it melts, add the tofu. Leave it on one side on high for at least 6 minutes, then flip it. Keep doing that until the tofu has the consistency you want. Voila! Add some salt and pepper as you go along, but there is more taste to come.

While you’re making the tofu, make some brown rice. It will be helpful later, I promise.

ALSO, I highly recommend stir frying some veggies. I used kale, broccoli and Brussel sprouts but you’re welcome to use anything you want. To do this, take another pan, add some coconut oil, add the chopped Brussel sprouts. Cook for 7 minutes, then add 1/4 cup water, keep cooking them for 5 minutes, then add the other veggies. When the consistency is to your liking, leave on the side.

Now to the fun part, I have two recipes for sauces I think you should try. These measurements are for one portion, because ya know, I’m single and I cook for myself. There, the secret is out.

Here they are:

 

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Soya Maple Sauce

Inspired by my wonderful mother, I hope she doesn’t kill me for putting this on tofu.

1/4 cup soya sauce

1 tbsp maple syrup

Add in a pan once the tofu is out of the pan, stirring together until they seem combined.

Add to your veggies and tofu and rice, and enjoy!

 

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Peanut Sauce

A few years ago, I took a cooking class and we made chicken satay. This sauce is inspired from them. It’s actually the best thing.

1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce

1 tbsp Sugar

2 or 3 tbsp water

1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter 

1/2 Lime

 

In a small pot, add the water, sugar, Hoisin sauce and let it boil. Next add the peanut butter and lime juice. Pour over veggies and rice and tofu and enjoy!

There you have it. Tofu has taste. I didn’t think it was possible for a while, but now I’m convinced. As Adidas says, “Impossible is Nothing”.

Caroline Schurman-Grenier