What the Heck Is Tofu, Really?
One of the longest-standing meat alternatives, tofu is a favorite for vegans and vegetarians all over the world. But it’s not just vegans and vegetarians. Tofu has been a staple in Asian countries for more than 2,000 years (it originated in China). It has become increasingly popular in Western countries and more widely available at grocery stores—and on menus—worldwide.
But what is it?
Also known as bean curd or soya curd, tofu is a soft, cheese-like food made of condensed soy milk mixed with nigari and pressed into tight blocks. (Soy milk is made by soaking dried soybeans and grinding them in water.) While tofu is rather bland, it easily absorbs flavors of other ingredients, such as spices. Because of this versatility, tofu can be used to make a multitude of dishes and even vegan versions of omelets, desserts, cheeses, and creamy smoothies!
You can find tofu in the produce section of many stores, and various companies use it to create delicious vegan meat alternatives. Plus, it’s gluten-free, low in calories, and packed with 10 grams of protein and 400 milligrams of calcium per half cup!
Ready to give it a shot? Here are three amazing tofu recipes you’ll want to try ASAP:
Quick and Easy Tofu With Ramen Noodles
Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Get the recipe.
Deep Dish Lasagna Pizza
With tofu ricotta! Recipe here.