Do You Experience Tofu-phobia? Here Is The Cure…
Do you always ask for your salad dressing “on the side”? Are you trying to avoid fat and/or dairy products? Do you like intense and fresh-tasting foods? Keep reading and get out the blender…
There’s No Fu Like a To-FuTofu…It’s not the most popular food in the world. In fact, many people avoid it, say that they don’t like it, or just ignore it. The fact is that there’s really nothing not to like about tofu. It has almost no flavor of its own, and since it comes in different forms, it can have different textures. It basically is a very non-offensive food and a friendly one that just wants to fit in, so it takes on the flavor of its neighbors.
One of the best things about tofu is that it allows us to make really good substitutions for foods that normally contain oil, cream or eggs, all of which are nice, but some of us find ourselves trying to cut down on or eliminate them. Here are a couple of my favorite tofu recipes. Low fat, high flavor, and so, so easy to make.
Dill & Lime Tofu Dressing
This can be used as a dressing for a simple cucumber and tomato salad or for a refreshing green salad. It’s light, fresh and delicious. Also makes a pretty good mayonnaise substitute!
Put in a blender or food processor and process until smooth:
1 cup Soft Tofu
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
One clove Garlic minced
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Dill or Mint...fresh is best, dried is OK.
Thin with water (or a little more vinegar or lime juice) if necessary
Good with Cucumbers and Tomatoes
Dark Chocolate Tofu Mousse
This is actually more like a pudding than a mousse, but knowing that it is low fat and does not contain those common criminals, cream and eggs, makes it taste even better!
We made it in a “Vegetarian Cooking Class” and everyone loved it.
Put all at once into a blender or food processor and process until smooth:
1 pound Soft Tofu
¾ cup good Cocoa Powder (Dark Dutch
is the best) Cocoa
6 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar (adjust to taste. You may want it a little sweeter. We did.)
¼ cup Soy Milk
Pour into six martini glasses or wine flutes or some other fancy glass and chill. Garnish with fresh berries.