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#1 Oriental lily

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:08 PM

Hello everyone.

Well I am cutting down carbs but also cutting down red meat.

But I am SICK of chicken and fish.
I swear I am going to start clucking soon!!

So I was walking past the fridge section in woolies and saw tofu on special.

The thing is I have never eaten tofu EVER.

So now I have a packet of tofu in my fridge that I really don't know what to do with shrug.gif .

Before I cook it and make it revolting lol, what do you suggest?

Any recipes? Warnings what NOT to do.?

Thanks!

#2 knittingkitten

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:12 PM

What type of tofu is it? Is it firm or silken?

Firm: use your favourite marinade and pan fry.
Deep fry then serve with finely chopped chilli, coriander and soy sauce.
Cube it, add it it stirfies.

Silken: I think it's normally desserts but could be used for savoury "custards"- steam in individual bowls with mushrooms, mirin, tamari and fresh green shallots...

Edited by knittingkitten, 07 February 2013 - 07:21 PM.


#3 EBeditor

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

What kind of tofu is it? Is it hard or silken, pre-marinated or not?

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Hooray for tofu, it's fantastic! original.gif

What sort of tofu is it? Does it say whether it's firm, or silken, or anything like that? This makes a huge difference on how you cook it.



#5 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

Ids it silken or firm?

If firm, chop it into little cubes and marinade in something tasty. Fry it in little batches in a small amount of oil and add to stir fry. Is delicious that way. Similarly thin strips marinaded and fried are nice.I eat it with beans, toast and egg.

Silken you're on your own, I have no idea...

#6 Feral like a Lemon

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

QUOTE (noi'mnot @ 07/02/2013, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hooray for tofu, it's fantastic! original.gif

What sort of tofu is it? Does it say whether it's firm, or silken, or anything like that? This makes a huge difference on how you cook it.


Just when I was going to ask why is everybody asking if it's smooth or silky Tounge1.gif So which is preferred and how do you prepare it?


#7 Oriental lily

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:16 PM

It's momen tofu, medium firm.
Ingredients are soy bean extract and salt.
So not marinated.

#8 noi'mnot

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:21 PM

In that case, I'd go with the above directions - cube it, marinate it, stirfry it in batches and add to a stirfy with veggies. Any marinade that you'd normally use for meat will work well.

Re silken v firm: Firm is the type you use for stirfries and curries and things where you want it to hold its shape, and where you can beat it around a bit. Silken falls apart very easily, it's great scrambled, makes an awesome tofu cheesecake, is lovely diced and slipped into clear soups, use it to make dips or replace ricotta in cannelloni, to make soups creamy (like a substitute for cream, etc), etc.

#9 EBeditor

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

Cut in to cubes, marinate in soy sauce, ginger and maybe some sweet chilli sauce (or whatever flavours you like), then cook in a stirfry. That's the easiest.

Another way I like it is cut in cubes, rolled in flour then pan-fried until crispy. Serve with soy and sweet chilli  or satay sauce dippling bowls as an entree, or on the side of a salad or asian veges.


#10 Oriental lily

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

Thanks everyone!
Might fry myself up some for lunch tomorrow

Edited by Oriental lily, 07 February 2013 - 07:29 PM.


#11 bakesgirls

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

Tofu is great stir fried. Then again I eat it plain, whether it's soft, firm, fried, silken, it doesn't matter, I love it.

#12 Pretz

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

I was going to suggest  mabodofu. It's really tasty, but then I realised that you don't seem to be eating pork or beef.
I suppose you could try it with a tiny bit of chicken mince...
I cook this almost once a week- it is very tasty!!

http://justonecookbook.com/blog/recipes/mapo-tofu/

Edited by Pretz, 07 February 2013 - 07:44 PM.


#13 ~spirited~

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

Is it the macro brand from woolies?

I bought the momen medium firm tofu from there last week, and it was not medium firm! I used it in a stif fry and it totally disintegrated.

It would work in something like the PP suggestion of mabodofu though.

Next time try a firm one. I like to cube it, then give it a salt and pepper treatment- shake it in a bag with a bit of flour, salt, white pepper, and maybe a bit of Chinese five spice. Then stir fry the cubes (shallow frying is extra yummy, but stir frying works as well. Steam or stir fry some Asian greens and pop the tofu cubes on top! Yum!

I have also had success using silken tofu to make a tofu bake- blend it up with a few eggs, stir in some grated veg (carrot, zuchhini etc), some ginger/garlic/coriander/chili etc. Bake until set.

#14 Pretz

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

It makes a really nice ice-cream too.

strawberry Tofu Ice-cream
300 g tofu(silken)
200 ml coconut milk
5 Tbsp maple syrup (honey is also ok)
vanilla extract to taste
400ml strawberries

✿Place all the ingreadients into a blener and mix until lovely and smooth.
✿Place the mixture into an ice-cream maker and churn until the desired consistency is reached.\
✿ enjoy...

(5-6 serves)

You could use other fruit such as melon or peaches.


#15 Oriental lily

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

Oohhhh that looks yum!

Maybe turkey mince?

Turkey is a bit more 'pork like' than chicken lol!

#16 Oriental lily

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:45 PM

It is spirited. unsure.gif
Oh well see how we go original.gif

#17 Pretz

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 07/02/2013, 08:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oohhhh that looks yum!

Maybe turkey mince?

Turkey is a bit more 'pork like' than chicken lol!


I think any mince would work because the flavour of the sauce is so yum.

We usually eat mabodofu on rice.

If you can get to an asian grocer, you may be able to buy a ready to go sachet of the sauce mix.
It is very easy to prepare.

You could also make tofu shumai.
I put half the shumai mix into the  wrapper, and the other half I roll into balls with slide wrappers.
They're really yummy.


Tofu and chicken mince hamburger patties are great too.

Edited by Pretz, 07 February 2013 - 08:13 PM.


#18 Coffeegirl

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 07/02/2013, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello everyone.

Well I am cutting down carbs but also cutting down red meat.

But I am SICK of chicken and fish.
I swear I am going to start clucking soon!!

So I was walking past the fridge section in woolies and saw tofu on special.

The thing is I have never eaten tofu EVER.

So now I have a packet of tofu in my fridge that I really don't know what to do with shrug.gif .

Before I cook it and make it revolting lol, what do you suggest?

Any recipes? Warnings what NOT to do.?

Thanks!


A little off topic, but why are you totally cutting out red meat?   My PT told me women should try to keep small amounts of it in their diet for the iron content.  If you are cutting red meat due to fat, then try kangaroo meat.

Back on topic,  i had a fantastic tofu salad today from Top Juice.  It was marinated and fried I think, but yummo!

#19 Niamh23

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE (Coffeegirl @ 07/02/2013, 09:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A little off topic, but why are you totally cutting out red meat?   My PT told me women should try to keep small amounts of it in their diet for the iron content.  If you are cutting red meat due to fat, then try kangaroo meat.


So I guess I must be about to keel over from iron deficiency, having been a vegetarian for most of my life!

What rubbish.

#20 Oriental lily

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

I have been doing low carb for a while now and while I am eating heaps of greens I am a bit worried about the ole bowels.

No matter how much red meat I eat I sways seems to be low in iron so I take a supliments anyway. original.gif .

#21 ednaboo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

I've never been able to make plain tofu taste good.  I only buy the marinated stuff - I like the Chinese one by Soyco.

#22 Tree Sage

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

I like to bake hard tofu in the oven. Marinade in lemon juice, olive oil, turmeric, paprika and cinnamon. SO yummy.

Silken is good in omelettes, quiches etc with vegies.
Also makes a GREAT smoothie with almonds and berries.

If you want more protein go beans (as in cannelini, kidney etc) , egg whites are packed with protein, quinoa has a lot of protein and is good carbs, plus it is delicious as either a breakfast porridge or savoury dish, lots of protein in nuts, almonds are best.


#23 pinkcupcakes

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

sick.gif be brave...

#24 jayskette

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:47 PM

Buy a pack of ma po sauce from the asian grocer. dice tofu, cook with sauce, mix with cooked rice. YUM

#25 Feral like a Lemon

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:47 PM

QUOTE (Niamh23 @ 07/02/2013, 09:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I guess I must be about to keel over from iron deficiency, having been a vegetarian for most of my life!

What rubbish.


Beef is apparently the easiest way to ensure iron and b12 levels are met. It is the easiest thing for the body to extract iron from but only needs to eaten in small amounts to reap the nutritional benefits, something like 40g of lean beef 4 times a week so it is highly recommended for dieters and people suffering from low iron.
That being said I gave up meat because I got sick of being told that my opinions and concerns on factory farming, hunting, animal breeding and culling and cruelty were not valid if I did eat meat. I have actually been searching for some interesting no fuss meals that I can make. I don't want DD to go vegetarian yet as she is only 6 and DH doesn't think a meal is a meal unless it includes meat, but preparing 2 to 3 different meals every meal time is a major drag so I land up eating starch and salad. Boring.




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