Tofu is an ingredient that I never get tired of eating.
I eat tofu in deserts, in smoothies, for dinner, for lunch, as a snack, and I have experimented with the ingredient enough (but look forward to learning more about it as time goes on) that I can make it taste exactly like (or better than) some of the traditional Jamaican dishes that I cannot have in the United States due to either my inability to get the ingredients fresh, or due to my lack of desire for consuming meat or seafood.
I love the ingredient so much that, like other staples such as red lentils, couscous, and different varieties of rice that I always make sure to have in my pantry, or frozen fruits and sliced mushrooms/vegetables that I always have in my freezer, I currently live by a general guideline that there should always be Tofu in my refrigerator.
Extra Firm Tofu’s Nutritional Value | Per 91g
This low calorie, low fat, food has a reasonably admirable nutritional profile.
Containing about 10 grams of protein and approximately 10% of the required iron for an average adults’ daily recommended consumption in one serving, the soybean product also provides fiber, calcium, and potassium to the body as well.
Two Great Ways To Enjoy The Versatile Ingredient
Tofu can be cooked, baked, fried, sautéed, steamed, seared, eaten raw, grilled/barbequed/jerked, and everything in between.
For the snack ideas that I will share today, however, we will focus on the raw and baked/air-fried preparation of the delicious ingredient.
Raw with fresh herbs/spices, sauce, or chutney
For a super easy and quick snack, simply toss raw extra-firm tofu in a wing sauce, barbeque sauce, in a homemade sauce, or in a fresh herb chutney.
My favorite fresh herbs suggestions are cilantro (spiced with coriander, cumin, and lime crushed in a mortar/pestle), basil (crushed in a mortar/pestle), or you can make any herbal chutney (from a chimichurri to a mango salsa) and stir your tofu into the delicious mixture for a healthy snack. Salt, and spice, to taste (remembering that a little goes a long way with tofu).
Air-fried/Baked for a crispy treat
Slice your tofu relatively thin (about 1/8-1/4 inch in thicknesses) in about 1+1/2 inch squares.
First, cover your tofu in extra virgin olive oil (or a mildly processed, non-aromatic, oil of your choice).
Then, using spices of your choice (lemon-pepper is particularly delicious if you wish to have something crunchy, savory, and tangy) sprinkle your tofu generously, salt to taste, and then cover your tofu gently with a light coat of corn or potato starch (so that your oil and spices are incorporated and distributed evenly across each piece of tofu).
Air-fry/bake your tofu squares at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes and enjoy.
You can also use a sauce (homemade over a stovetop with onions, garlic, herbs, and spices is best) or use a dip for this snack if you like, but, this process is an extra unnecessary step once you take the first bite of your delicious treat.
I hope that you will try out one of the suggestions above!
If you are a regular tofu-eater, how do you like yours prepared?
Use the comments section below to tell me all about your favorite tofu recipe or preparation style if you feel inspired to do so.
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