Tofu.. so controversial but so damn good and perfect for a meatless meal (if you cook it right). I struggled with posting a Meatless Monday with tofu recipes because we have all been bombarded with the notion that tofu isn’t healthy for you. There are several studies out there debunking those myths regarding tofu but I won’t make this a post about that (if you wish for me to discuss this, let me know and I’ll do that on another blog post). So essentially, I decided that if you don’t wish to eat tofu… don’t! I find tofu to be a great meatless option for vegans and non-vegans alike and after 40+ years of eating it I have not had any issues whatsoever.
More about Tofu
If you aren’t familiar with tofu there are a couple of things I will say about it. 1) It doesn’t really have a flavor. Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever you put on it. So don’t be stingy with the seasoning! 2) It has the texture of eggs. So silken tofu is like a soft scrambled egg, the more firm the tofu is the harder the consistency (i.e. becomes more like a hard scrambled egg). If you’re making a stir fry you want to go for the firm/ extra-firm tofu, but if you wanted to add it to a smoothie or make a dessert with it use silken tofu.
So now that you know more about our main ingredient lets move on to the recipes.
The Recipes (click the picture or title to view recipe)
Tofu is naturally delicious in stir fries. This black pepper tofu recipe has a nice sauce that doesn’t have a lot of sugar in it (as many tend to have) and has as much kick to it as you want to add.
This is a perfect option for those with school age kids. It’s a great high protein option and SUPER easy to make! Remember, the more you flavor the tofu, the tastier they become. Taste the tofu before you add the quinoa breading.
If you’ve gone to Chipotle and have tried sofritas then you know why I added this. It’s flipping delicious!!! This is a recipe that allows you to make your own burrito bowls at home. You’ll be surprised at how much better your own version is than the store version.
I make these lettuce wraps often because it’s simple, delicious AND the kids love them. The hoisin sauce makes them taste a little sweet and if you’re watching your sugar intake this one may not be for you. I top mine with avocado, cucumbers, and sriracha because I love avocado, cukes add a nice crunch, and I love sriracha. Whatever you choose to top yours with… this is definitely a must try! Add some vegetable fried rice and miso soup and you have a full meal!
I added this one because why not? Who doesn’t like dessert?!?!?! I like this recipe because it doesn’t have a lot of added sugar. I plan on making this for my boys but because they can’t eat pecans, I’ll try using oatmeal for the crust with the almonds and dates.
So there you go! Five really good tofu recipes for you to try out for Meatless Monday. I encourage you to try at least one of these and let me know how the dishes came out. Happy Monday and make it a great week!