Cooking With Tofu. If you aren’t a vegetarian now and haven’t been one inthe past, you probably also haven’t eaten tofu manytimes. In fact, the only time most people hear about tofuit is in jokes aimed at vegetarians.
So why is it that vegetarians eat this stuff all the time?.Is is it simply because they have no other choice?.The answer is both yes and no.
Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to eat tofu. Infact, there are many vegetarians who never eat tofu or anypopular meat-replacement dishes–such as “veggie burgers”or “tofurkey”–for that matter.
As long as they research and create meal plans, vegetarianscan maintain a healthy diet eating traditional meals orethnic dishes.
Tofu is often cited as something exclusively vegetarianbecause it is a versatile, highly-nutritional, and canbe used to replace meat dishes.
Not only can it be created in textures, consistencies, andflavors that simulate a range of meats–from turkey tohamburg–but it can also actually replace and far exceedthe nutritional value of similar meat dishes.
While vegetarians do not actually need to consume tofu,doing so is often a wise dietary choice–and also the nextbest thing to eating similar meat products (for those whoenjoyed meat dishes before they became vegetarians).
Tofu is a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie food madeout of steamed and compressed soy beans. Not only is it agreat source of protein–which many vegetarians lack–butit is also heart-healthy and has been linked to a decreasedrisk in cancer.
In addition to being served as a meat alternative, tofu isalso served in a number of spicy and ethnic dishes, whichwere never intended to contain meat. Many ethnic Indiandishes contain large amounts of tofu cooked and spicedin different ways.
So here is my suggestion to you: If you aren’t alreadya vegetarian, but want to become one, don’t let tofuget in your way. You can maintain a healthy vegetariandiet without ever eating it. However, if you already area vegetarian, but haven’t tried tofu, I highly suggest youdo. It is both nutritional and versatile – and it might nottaste as bad as you think.