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5 Great Uses for Extra Firm Tofu

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5 Great Uses for Extra Firm Tofu

By Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Green Options

Tofu in Stir Fries

Using tofu in a stir-fry is the most obvious use for this delicious food. And there are a couple things you can do. First of all, tofu has a fair amount of its own fat, so when you cook it, you really don’t need to use any oil. It will get golden brown and crispy on its own without oil. So you cut the tofu up into cubes or slices or patties or whatever size/shape you want, and you place them in a nonstick sauté pan. Now you just let them get golden brown and crispy on one sided before turning it over. Don’t fuss with it and push it around; just let it get crispy, then flip it. No oil — about 10 minutes each side. While the tofu is cooking like this in its own pan, you can start cooking up your veggies — peppers, onions, squash, mushrooms, whatever you want to add to your stir-fry — in a separate sauté pan. When the veggies are nearly cooked, add your crispy tofu, and your stir-fry marinade, and just stir-fry until the tofu is hot and mixed with the sauce. Serve over quinoa or brown rice. If you don’t know what quinoa is, then check out my blog post called Five Favorite Foods.

If you don’t own any nonstick pans, feel free to add a little olive oil to your pan and fry up the tofu that way. Tofu is best when it is nice and crispy.

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3:00AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thanks for the recipes.

8:33AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Thank you

6:32AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Yummy! Love the recipes. Thanks.

5:10AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

so many recipes

10:15PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

Thanks for the delicious ideas!

2:55AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Smoked Tofu is especially good :-)

7:17AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

There are some brainwashed Care2 users as. For example, a guy wrote today that tofu was unfit for human consumption because it disturbed the functioning of the thyroid. If so, why are the Japanese still alive?

7:16AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

thank you

7:10AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

I love the versatility of tofu and I love how good I feel after eating it, never stuffed, never gassy, never constipated.

10:56AM PST on Feb 27, 2010

I love making tofu stirfry, so I can't wait to try these new recipes!

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