Disclosure: The Soyfoods Council compensated The Recipe ReDux (co-owned by ReganMillerJones, Inc. and Teaspoon Communications), to sponsor this recipe contest. We are therefore not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. Opinions expressed are our own.
Do you know “how to tofu”? Meaning do you cook with tofu? Dietitian confession: while I enjoy tofu when I eat out at Asian restaurants, I honestly never cook with it. So I was encouraged when The Recipe ReDux decided to pair up with The Soyfoods Council to challenge our members to create tofu dishes beyond the typical stir-fry tofu recipe.
As you may already know, tofu is made from soybeans and soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. More recently, soyfoods are becoming more mainstream here in the Western Hemisphere because of their health properties, nutritional make-up and versatility.
Tofu is an excellent source of plant-based protein – something that has been getting more attention as the popularity of vegetarianism and Meatless Mondays are on the rise. Plus, there is a growing amount of research linking soyfoods to lowering our risks for several diseases such as certain cancers and heart disease.
Tofu is the most versatile of soy food products as you can do much with it from blending into drinks to cooking it like you would meat or chicken. The main trick is to flavor it well – tofu is a very neutral food – which is great because you can make it sweet, savory, smoky, spicy – whatever your taste buds desire!
Here my smoked paprika obsession comes into play again. I wanted to do a riff on the classic BLT but of course make it vegetarian friendly. I whipped up a marinade of smoked paprika infused oil with soy sauce and then sliced the tofu thin. After letting it soak for a few hours. I grilled it on my grill pan. While it doesn’t exactly taste like bacon (you can’t really substitute bacon in my book), the result was super satisfying – crispy, smoky with a touch of sweet. The perfect complement for lettuce, tomato, avocado and mustard on sourdough bread.
So, bring on the tofu recipes! I can’t wait to see what other ReDuxer-s come up with – all recipes will be posted as thumbnails below from now until Saturday, October 20. (Click here to see Serena’s awesome Tofu Taco Dip).