Photo Food Journal & EZ Tofu Press Giveaway

Good morning and happy Wednesday to you!

Photo Food Journal:

Yesterday was Day #2 of our Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge and I started with my typical green smoothie. I didn’t have to make many adjustments to make sure it met my Challenge goals, but I did leave out the lucuma powder that I’ve been using in recent months because it is known to be a sweetener. Oh yes, and I left out the cacao powder, too, and used some carob instead. Here was my serving:

My green smoothie serving.

I also had two mug-fuls of Dandy Blend with unsweetened soy milk:

Morning Dandy Blend with soy milk.

Lunch was a green salad with chickpeas, broccoli, avocado, green onion, red onion, pistachios and some dressing made by blending walnuts, parsley, frozen berries, unsweetened soy milk, lime juice and vinegar (a version of this one without the dates):

Lunch salad with all kinds of goodies.

Dessert was a green apple and about two tablespoons of unsalted, natural peanut butter:

Dessert plate with apple and peanut butter.

I definitely wanted something sweet after lunch, but I had a conference call to get to which distracted me long enough that the craving went away after an hour or so. I wasn’t even terribly hungry for dinner, but some leftover steamed tofu, kale and mushrooms, topped with some almond butter and reduced-sodium tamari tasted fantastic:

Steamed veggies topped with almond butter and tamari.

I went to town with the fresh blueberries for dessert, and later realized I could have done without eating them because I wasn’t that hungry. It was nice that they weren’t very sweet so they didn’t stimulate any kind of sugar craving, but they were refreshing and I enjoyed the texture:

Fresh blueberries for dessert.

EZ Tofu Press Giveaway:

Speaking of tofu, I am pleased to announce another giveaway today that supports healthy, vegan cooking. I got an e-mail a few weeks ago from Ben, the creator of the EZ Tofu Press, who asked me if I wanted to try his product. Being the hoarder aficionado of kitchen gadgets that I am, I said yes.

The press arrived pre-assembled which I greatly appreciated because I tend to get overwhelmed by mechanical things pretty easily:

EZ Tofu Press

Using the press is so simple, you just place your tofu between the plates and, as they say, “put the screws on it”:

EZ Tofu Press in action.

As noted in the instructions, I place the press on its side to allow the water to drain out easier:

EZ Tofu Press action shot #2

15 minutes later, I had perfectly pressed tofu that was ready to be chopped and go right into my dinner:

Tofu pressed and chopped.

Doesn’t get much easier than that! Cleaning the press was simple, too, I gave it a rinse with some soapy water and dried it with a towel. I give this press a big thumbs up. The features include:

  • EZ Tofu Press can press virtually all sizes of firm and extra firm tofu.
  • Pressing can be achieved in 15 minutes or less. Prep food and marinade while turning the knobs every 2 minutes over a 10-15 minute time frame
  • Presses substantially faster than spring based tofu presses.
  • Easy to clean- small, compact, dishwasher safe, and fewer parts to break.
  • Saves on paper or cloth towels!
  • EZ Tofu Press comes in a retail box, with instructions and handy measuring tool.

Ben has kindly offer to send one reader a free EZ Tofu Press. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post with your favorite way to eat tofu. I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday, March 4th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed.]

Healthy Vegan Challenge Update:

Today is Day #3 of our Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge. There are lots of ways to connect with this Challenge to make sure you are getting the support you need. I created a group on Facebook, a board on Pinterest and a hashtag on Twitter, #COVHVC (short for Carrie on Vegan, Healthy Vegan Challenge). There is no better time to set some goals and join the movement toward healthy, vegan living. Join us!!!

Vegan Delish:

Lastly, I am pleased to announce that Vegan Delish, the healthy cooking app, has hit the worldwide market as of yesterday. Woo-hoo! The app is now up to 77 recipes that are all made using whole food ingredients. Each recipe now has a metric conversion and new recipes continue to be added monthly. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about Vegan Delish, there is more on the way. :)

Conclusion:

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back here on Friday.

Comments

  1. Holly says

    I love tofu in the form of cashew ricotta cheese like the recipe in Veganomicon. It’s great to have a fake cheese with no nutritional yeast.

  2. Candyce says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is either in a bok choy/tofu stir fry, or in an eggplant/mixed vegetable thai curry. Thank you for another amazing giveaway!

  3. Kim Y says

    I have to first say that I’ve lusted after this press for some time …

    My favorite way to eat tofu would be marinated and then stir fried with veggies ~

    Thanks for a great blog and a great give away!

  4. Beth says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is similar to your kale and tofu dinner in this post!! I love baking it and using a peanut sauce with lots of veggies! yum!

  5. Beth says

    Hmmm favorite way to eat tofu?? That is so hard because I love it SO many ways… My favorite I would have to say is sauteed until semi crisp on the outside and throw a little BBQ and hot sauce in and make BBQ tofu tacos… YUM!!

  6. says

    This would be amazing because i LOVE tofu, but I am actually horrible at pressing it, I feel like every time I do I smoosh the tofu way too much. Granted it doesn’t affect the taste, but it does affect the presentation, which matters in the blog world right??

    My favorite way to eat tofu is to bake it!! I love it crunchy! I also love making a sweet tofu chocolate pudding. So it can be dinner and dessert!

  7. Michelle says

    I think I waste a lot of paper towels squeezing the water out of tofu. This would be an environmentally correct improvement!

  8. Joseph says

    I love to sear tofu in a light spray of olive oil, then sauté some veggies and make a nut-butter and curry sauce to mix it all into. It’s fabulous with kale, cauliflower, carrots, and just about anything!

  9. jennifer says

    This is a great way to get me to stop lurking and leave a comment! I have been coveting a tofu press for almost a year now. I love tofu, in stir fry, in salads, baked BBQ’d, pudding, I will eat plain raw cubed! Pick me! Pick me!

  10. says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is to cut into cubes, add olive oil and salt and pepper and roast it in a hot oven.

    Right now, to get out the moisture I put my tofu in a strainer over a bowl and cover it with a paper towel and put a big can of crushed tomatoes on top.

    I’d love to win the press. Would make things so much easier.Thanks for the chance.

  11. Tara Chavez says

    I usually use a homemade press of several heavy pans over a cheesecloth, but this EZ press sounds like a winner. Also, if I have leftover tofu, I find that if I freeze it and then use it later, it has a really hearty chewy texture.

    lately we have been using tofu in Banh Mi Sandwiches.

  12. Kara says

    Thank you for posting pictures of what you eat. They give me such good ideas of what to cook. Keeping me on the healthy track!!! I live in Canada, so can’t win the press, but thats okay! Plates and towels work too!!

  13. Leah says

    This is so cool! My favorite way to eat tofu is to saute it with veggies and some delicious spices. I also love to put it in lasagna with vegan cream cheese to make a ricotta-like “cheese”.

  14. Susan V says

    I love to dry-fry a couple of pounds of tofu on my electric skillet at the beginning of the week. That way I have it all ready to go to add to stir fries, curries or salads. My daughter is always excited when she finds tofu all made up in the refrigerator because it a quick lunch for her to pack with some brown rice or a yam.

  15. maree benner says

    Oops, hit enter too soon….
    My favorite way of eating tofu is in stir fry, we love our veggies so it I’d a family favorite.

  16. Emily says

    Ah I’m so excited for this giveaway! I’ve been wanting a tofu press so bad!! I use wayyyy too many paper towels to press my tofu now! I love tofu stir fry, sweet tofu with cinnamon and stevia, and tofu with peanut sauce!

  17. says

    I had this big long write-up for a comment and Poof! Gone! Soooo…this time around it won’t be as good, but, here is the jist…so sorry!

    I have seen these tofu presses on various sites and I would LOVE one because I really think the reason most of my tofu attempts don’t turn out quite right is because I don’t press all of the liquid out good enough! Regardless, thus far, my favorite wasn’t to do tofu is in various tofu scrambles, altho, I would LOVE to win this so I could pursue blocks/steaks/sandwiches pressed the correct way!

  18. says

    Oh this is very exciting!! I have been wanting a tofu press for as long as I can remember, but have been avoiding purchasing one since I wasn’t certain if the benefit really outweighed the cost. They always appeared so complicated and yet this brand appears so simple! I actually haven’t eaten tofu in a long time because I was very much over pressing tofu between clean dish towels with a stack of cookbooks on top! ;)

    My favorite tofu recipe is pressed tofu, marinated with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and random spices, and baked until crispy. Oh my mouth is watering now! I hope I win! ;)

  19. Cindy says

    I would love a tofu press so I can take it off my amazon wish list ;)
    I love tofu best when it’s pan or oven roasted until crispy and then dunked in homemade BBQ sauce!

  20. says

    Mmmm…my favorite way to enjoy tofu? Just one? I would say tacos, or in a wrap, or baked, no, maybe stir fried, or on a sandwich, or possibly steamed. Seems I can’t pick just one. See? I would put that press to good use :-)

  21. bethany says

    I absolutely love to bake cubed tofu and then swirl then in a bowl of vegan margarine and Franks hot sauce! Such a great snack or perfect for a wrap!

  22. Karen says

    Carrie,
    Love to see what you are eating for the challenge. I am wondering how much nuts and seeds you consume in a day? It looks like you use them in a lot of different meals each day. I am trying to stick to 1 oz of nuts daily plus 1 t of flax or hemp seeds and find it difficult to have a soup with nuts and then salad dressing with nuts too! Gotta have nuts for salad dressing but also love them in soup like Dr. F’s anti-cancer soup but if I have them in both I will be over 1 oz! Also, do you have any of the dredded gas problems that so often comes with bean consumption? Any insights in overcoming this problem?
    Thanks so much!
    Karen

    I like to cube up tofu with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pea pods, cauliflower or broccoli, spinach and saute until veggies are tender. So yummy!

  23. Lori B says

    I love tofu in a stirfry and my kids love tofu made as “nuggets”. We eat the nuggets with homemade fries! Mmmmm!!

    Does anyone use a tofu press? I’ve been thinking about purchasing one.

  24. Kathie says

    I have been researching various tofu presses online. This style seems to be the best rated. I would love to have one! I love to change up the marinades I use for tofu and then bake it. I’ve never had much luck stir-frying… not sure why!

  25. Julianne says

    Actually, I am a “straght-out-of-the-package” tofu eater! I love the firm or extra firm, just cubed and eaten or tossed in a salad. Second favorite way would probably be baked with a Thai peanut sauce.

  26. Barbara says

    I love using tofu as a cheese substitute like ricotta but my new favorite way came after last weekend. My family decided to purchase take out ribs from a new barbecue place and bring them home. Aaaaghh! So, I made some BBQ sauce, marinated the tofu and baked the slices. Tofu served “baby-back” style with baked sweet potato fries is my favorite.

  27. Melissa says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is baked! I prefer baking tofu over steaming it so that I can avoid adding any oil. Some of my favorite baked tofu recipes include Thai black pepper tofu, curried tofu, BBQ tofu, lemon basil tofu… the list really goes on.

  28. Melissa says

    Oops, meant to say that I prefer baking it over sauteeing it! Steaming obviously doesn’t involve any oil, and I love steaming tofu too. Silly typo there.

  29. Rachel says

    I don’t think there’s a way to make tofu that ISN’T my favorite! Okay, lately my favorite has been to marinate it then cook it in a cast iron skillet, pressing it down with a spatula until it’s browned on one side, then flipping and doing the same on the other side. The texture turns out amazing!

  30. Linda says

    Since I love tofu in stir-frys, this press would make my life easier. Yes, you need some liquid in a stir-fry, but it should come from the marinade, NOT the tofu! :)

  31. Nicole says

    Our family favorite is to bake cubes of marinated tofu with black sesame seeds and then add to our stir fry mix. We love it!

  32. Diane says

    I’m fairly new to tofu and most frequently use it in salad dressings, but a number of Dr. Fuhrman’s recipies call for it too, and the “Vegetable Lasagna” dish is yummiest to me. Pre-”Eat To Live”, I had no what tofu was — now I’m a regular tofu-er! :)

  33. Sue says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is to cut it into slices, fry it up in sesame oil then add it to a veggie stir fry. Doesn’t matter what kind of vegetables, just lots of them.

  34. says

    I have 2 favorite ways: 1. Tofu feta (from Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run book) and
    2. As a sweet dessert pureed with peanut butter, dates, cocoa powder and coconut butter.

    Corinne

  35. Yesennia Reyes says

    I would love this press! My favorite way of eating tofu with with mixed veggies, brown rice and a little Bragg’s liquid amino. Yummm-o!

  36. Shari says

    I totally love the flavor of tofu. I swear I can eat it, after being pressed, just plain and cold! But by far, my favorite way is pressed and smothered in an Asian-inspired slightly sweet brown garlic sauce, with loads of eggplant and spinach, all atop shirataki noodles or brown basmati rice.

  37. Prathiba says

    I have been lusting after this press for quite some time. I think it is such a neat gadget! I love baked tofu with a good marinade and tofu ricotta for lasagna. MMMM.

  38. Eileen says

    Hi Carrie,

    Well, I’m fairly new to eating tofu on a regular basis, but I’d have to say that my favorite way to eat tofu, so far, is in a stir fry. However, I’ve been making a tofu bake with mushrooms since starting on ETL and love it too. I am going to venture into using it salad dressings soon!

  39. Ron says

    About once a month or so, I’ll crumble a block of tofu in a pan, heat it up a bit, then add taco seasoning. It’s great for those nights when I’m short on time/$.

  40. Linda says

    Cringe…OK, I admit, I’ve never bought tofu, precisely because it seems like such a hassle/mess to press it. All you commenters make me think I may really be shortchanging my family’s menus by my phobia. Carrie, you may just have inspired me to go buy a block and take the risk, even without a press to drain it nicely. But if I win the press, the first meal will be dedicated to you & Ben!

  41. says

    I looked for your app the other day and was gutted that it was not available in the UK and Ireland, so I am really pleased to read this, and will be getting it asap! All your food looks lovely, loving the challenge so far!

  42. Jessica says

    I love tofu most ways but there is nothing better than a basic tofu scramble. Easy to make, versatle and great for leftovers. :)

  43. Jeanne says

    I stopped buying tofu because it was always so messy to press. If this gadget works and cuts down on my time in the kitchen, please send it. :-)

    Thanks,
    Jeanne

  44. Nicole P. says

    The way I usually end up using tofu is in a scramble (tofu, veggies, and turmeric, with a tahini-nutritional yeast sauce). But my faaaavorite way to eat it is in a pudding (silken tofu, dates, and cocoa powder). Yum!

  45. Susan says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is as a creamy dessert sauce made with honey and a little lemon juice and vanilla. Perfect over warm gingerbread!

  46. Monica says

    this looks so great! i love tofu all sorts of ways- it’s so versatile! but lately i’ve been really diggin’ it marinated in some sort of buffalo sauce and oven baked- YUM!

  47. Cassie says

    I have been reading a lot about tofu presses and wondering if that is what I’m missing in making that wonderful marinated baked tofu they sell at my local food co-op. I would eat so much more tofu if mine tasted anything like theirs! I usually just stir fry or oven roast marinated tofu. Thanks for all your inspiring recipes.

  48. jill says

    Believe it or not, my favorite way to eat tofu is grilled with a little olive oil or coconut oil, some salt or tamari on ciabatta.

  49. Christy B says

    Meal time at our house has to be quick and efficient with three little ones. The tofu press would surely help speed up the cooking process. One of our favorite ways to prepare tofu is by baking it in the oven. Then we simply add it to our meal with some sauce drizzled over it.

    Thank you

    Have a great day, Carrie!

  50. Carrie C. in VA says

    My fave way to eat tofu is pressed, then thin sliced, marinated and broiled until the perfect texture for snacking.

  51. Christine says

    Awhile back I tried a recipe that pressed, marinated, and then baked the tofu. It was the first time I enjoyed tofu without blending it or crumbling it into such tiny pieces that it was unrecognizable. My kids even gobbled it up and wanted more! If I could just find that recipe again….

  52. Allyson Reddy says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is either stir-fried with a curry sauce from my favorite Thai restaurant, or in a delish bowl of Vietnamese vegetarian pho!

  53. David Rafeedie says

    Love the peanut butter roasted tofu. Also love to cube it and saute lightly then add to veggie stir fry. Would love the press. That’s ingenious.

  54. Jessica says

    oh how I wish I could participate in your giveways! :( I am doing the healthy vegan challenge as well! No oil, salt, or sweeteners for 8 weeks! Canada is only a hop, skip and a jump from the US…please consider opening up your giveaways to Canadians as well! (I live in the same city as VeggieNook girl)

    • says

      I will definitely be more proactive about asking the companies I partner with for the giveaways about opening them up to Canadians. Unfortunately, most companies specify U.S. only because of the shipping cost, but I will definitely ask! :)

  55. Heather says

    I think pressed, marinated and then baked is my favorite way to eat tofu. I usually use heavy cans, but this gadget looks much easier!

  56. Cheryl Miklaszewski says

    > Hey Carrie, Great post, as usual! Cutting out all your sweeteners, all be it natural, really does put your mouth in touch with truly wonderful natural flavor of all your foods. Congrats on staying true to your goal.
    >
    > A very timely post as I just bought my first block of extra firm tofu today at Trader Joe’s. I should correct myself as this was really my second block, but the first one I bought I kept to long and it went past the freshness date so I had to get rid of it. I am bound and determined to cook this one. I have eaten it from Whole Foods marinated and baked and really liked it. Someone also told me to scramble it with peppers, onion and mushrooms for breakfast. I didn’t realize you had to press it first so I was really glad to read your post. What’s YOUR favorite way to eat tofu?
    >
    > Congrats on Vegan Delish!
    >
    > Take good care,
    > Cheryl

  57. Danielle Legg says

    My most favorite way to eat my tofu is tofu scramble using the Vegg. It’s an easy quick breakfast and I just love it! I do love fried tofu (without oil) but my tofu is always a little too wet, and it crumbles. This blog post reminded me how much I want a tofu press! (I’ve wanted one since November)

  58. Andy says

    Tofu — the love, and bane, of my vegan existence. After my charming friends get tired of ribbing me about “rabbit food,” they move on to all the ways I must eat tofu. I admit, I don’t prepare tofu as often as I should. I love it; it’s delicious. And it really doesn’t take all that long to whip up something fantastic containing it…I just don’t. I like the idea of this press. I hate the soggy mass of towels left after draining tofu (I refuse to use paper towels that are just going to end up in the landfill). Maybe if I’m lucky enough to win the drawing, I’ll be more motivated to cook with tofu!

    As for my favorite method of preparation: a touch of olive oil, dash of balsamic vinegar and some freshly cracked pepper. Pop in the oven, bake until almost crisp and then add to a bowl of salad.

  59. Adrienne says

    I have a pasta dish with bok choy (lots!), carrots and baked tofu that’s my favorite because my children love it! The two year old chants “noodles and tofu!” as soon as she realizes it’s for dinner.

  60. Candice says

    I love tofu in so many different meals! Scrambled with nutritional yeast and fresh bell peppers or blended into a blueberry smoothie are two of my favorites. My very favorite way to eat tofu, though, is in a big veggie stir fry with a light, fresh chili sauce! :-)

  61. VeggieSue says

    Scrambled Tofu is a favorite in this house. I get to sneak in some G-Bombs into my husband with the inclusion of kale or spinach (G), beans (the tofu, B), onions (O) and mushrooms (M). Sesame seeds on the roll or the sunflower and pumpkin seeds in whole grain bread make up the last S. Serve with a little bowl of mixed berries and ya got the whole G-Bombs for breakfast.

    I do like that press. I bought one of the spring-type ones a few weeks after it was introduced and it’s like tempting fate each time I use it now, wondering if this is the time those plastic tabs on the side are finally going to break. The screw type looks a whole lot sturdier – and effective!

  62. Rachel says

    I’ve been wanting one of these for so long but haven’t been able to spend the money on it. I love to make tofu quiche for my family (: I blend extra firm tofu with soy milk, nutritional yeast, spices, gluten free flour and then water saute onion, garlic, greens, and other veggies like mushrooms and bake it in a crust. Soo yummy and satisfying!

  63. Michelle says

    I just discovered your blog looking for an easy applesauce recipe…lol
    I have longed for this press… I love baked tofu after marinating in something..

    I live in Southern California too…

  64. Jonna Green says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is baked with a spicy peanut sauce! Then either eat it on top of a salad or with butternut squash or sweet potato or on a tortilla with nut butter.
    Thanks!
    Jonna

  65. says

    My most favorite way is to make the curried tofu from Veganomicon and then I put it on a gluten free tortilla (I used to use the ezekiel ones and I LOVE those) with shredded carrots and lettuce and avocado and vegenaise and sriracha.

    My other fav is scramble.

  66. says

    Congrats on your app success! I meant to tell you that I was so happy I had your app recently. I was at the emergency vet and needed something to distract me. (Everything turned out to be OK later, but I was a worried stress case during!) I flipped through lots of my COV favorites and felt immensely better. Another bonus of the whole-foods vegan life! Pretty food to soothe my nerves. :-) Thanks for all your hard work!

  67. Barbara says

    My favorite way to eat tofu:

    Fried tofu!

    1) Drain the water out of thick tofu slices by placing them between clean kitchen towels and adding weight to the top.

    2) Take the slices and cut into square chunks.

    3) Toss the chunks in a couple of tablespoons of each: flour, cornstarch and nutritional yeast.

    4) Brown the cubes in enough hot safflower (or grapeseed) oil to cover the cubes, until desired crispness.

    5) Drain the cubes on a paper towel. Sprinkle with a little garlic salt and Tony Chachere’s spicy seasoning.

    6) Add cubes to your favorite stir-fry, salads or wraps!

    This method produces chewy and tasty nuggets of tofu!

  68. Robyn :) says

    I like to have tofu in stirfries. I would love to have a tofu press.

    Will your App be making it’s way to the Android anytime soon????

  69. Ashlynn Adachi says

    I have MANY favourite ways to eat tofu – all depends on what flavour I’m feeling! For savoury, I LOVE tofu in a vegan cassoulet! YUM… If i’m craving sweet, tofu works great as a creamy base in a smoothie! Tofu is so versatile. I’m sure the tofu press would increase my tofu consumption! :)

  70. Debbie says

    I’m new to tofu and the only way I’ve used it so far is in a dressing/dip. After reading some of the other posts though, I can’t wait to try some of their suggestions.

    Thanks so much for offering this great give away.

  71. Dainey says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is as a baked nugget with my kids, its the one night a week where I don’t get those looks from my kids. You know the look, why would mommy give us something GREEN for dinner, uhg. Love your blog!

  72. says

    Hello! I am new to your blog (found it via Peas&Crayons) I can’t wait to finish exploring here!

    My favorite way to eat tofu is in lettuce wraps! Yum!

  73. Kim says

    I usually press tofu between two plates, with heavy stuff on top. A tofu press sounds much more efficient! I like tofu baked until crunchy, or soft and stir-fried.

  74. Cherryl H says

    I love tofu any way, any shape, any how. But my favorite is Asian Baked. I’ll even share the recipe. You can forget the sesame oil, if you’re oil free, but a bit of indulgence goes a long way in this recipe. Use less and still get the same great taste.
    Ingredients
    • 16 oz extra firm tofu, cut into thin 1” slabs
    • 2 tbsp sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp Braggs Aminos
    • 1 tbsp organic white rice vinegar
    • 3 tsp pure maple syrup
    • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
    • pinch of garlic powder
    • pinch of onion powder
    • pinch of sea salt
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a shallow dish, whisk together all ingredients (minus the tofu).
    3. Drench each piece of tofu in the sauce ingredients then lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each piece of tofu midway through.
    OR Drain and press tofu in colander with plate on top for 30 minutes. (Mix sauce ingredients pour into dish to fit and marinate tofu overnight in refrigerator. Bake next day.

    Yield: 4 servings

  75. says

    This press would be a great replacement for my usual crude method of sandwiching tofu between two cutting boards and putting a heavy pot on top! I press tofu mainly when I’m frying it into cubes to serve with a soy or chile dipping sauce. Otherwise, I like soft tofu stir fried with chile-bean sauce and scallions (mapo tofu without meat).

  76. Courtney says

    Oh wow–I would love to win the tofu press! I love tofu any and all ways, but I guess my current favorite is just simply marinated and cubed on top of salads :-)

  77. Sharon C says

    I am just beginning the transition to becoming a vegan. I’ve always been a light meat, heavy veg eater, and it finally dawned on me that I should just,”go all the way”. So, I am just learning how to cook vegan at home. It has been mostly salads so far, but now it’s time to add tofu and tempeh. I know a tofu press will be an essential for me as I am definitely a gadget person. I am so glad I found your blog and look forward to reading it daily. Many, many thanks for the vegan help!

  78. Pamela says

    Here’s one of my favorite ways to use tofu. Cut the pressed, firm tofu into cubes, and toss with a mixture of Bragg’s liquid aminos and Thai red curry paste. Heat and stir the coated cubes in a pan with a small amount of oil until the tofu sides are slightly crisped. Float the cooked tofu in bowls of creamy butternut squash soup made with veggie broth, light coconut milk, red curry paste, lime juice and lime zest. Stir in raw tender greens, such as baby spinach or chopped young kale, just before serving.

  79. Janey says

    I love tofu and grew up eating it as a kid. I love tofu in all forms, but I think my favorite is in tofu/kimchi soup. Not the healthiest due to the sodium, but very tasty!

  80. Jennifer B says

    We like tofu 2 ways: the healthy one-pressed, cut into sticks with panko/spicy breading and baked until crispy; the not so healthy (but yummy) pureed in food processor with cocoa, maple syrup choc syrup and frozen into pudding pops! Have to puree th eheck out of it to get the beany taste out for the pops!

  81. Jennifer Arent says

    My favorite way to have firm tofu is pan-fried then topped with sauteed onion and tomato. I serve it on a bed of polenta…yum :)

  82. Seraphina says

    My favorite way to eat tofu is to slice extra firm tofu thin (1/4″), give it a squirt or two of Bragg’s liquid aminos, and bake it until golden and a little crispy on the edges. I love it by itself or crumbled in salads and wraps! SO YUMMY that my mom, the deep fried meat lover, gave it two thumbs up!

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