It’s not that you want to give up meat entirely. You just know that red meat and processed meats are not good for your body (not that you really loved hot dogs to begin with). You get a little tired of chicken and salmon for dinner. You want to shake it up a little and experiment, not just on Meatless Monday. You’ve always wanted to learn how to cook with tofu but it seems a little intimidating. Plus you worry about cooking a meal that no one else will eat when they see this mystery ingredient on the counter.
Your husband has been a bit vocal about his tofu objection. Despite his meat and potatoes background, he’s actually usually pretty open to new things. You think if he gave it a chance he might like it. You feel as though you have just one shot to introduce him to tofu so you had better make it good. If it fails, you may never get him to do it again.
How To Get Your Family To Eat Tofu
Tofu by itself is a bland white block. Packed with protein it really has no flavor of its own. Instead it excels at taking on the flavors around it. That’s what makes it so easy to sneak into a variety of foods without anyone (husband, kids, your mother in law) knowing. It makes sauces creamy, adds protein to salads and can be turned into a variety of common dishes without too much fuss. I’ve put together a list of recipes that are easy for you to learn how to cook with tofu and get your husband to eat it without making a funny face.
7 Easy Recipes To Learn To Cook With Tofu
This one is super easy and can be just for you or shared. It’s a great non-threatening and completely invisible introduction to tofu. Tofu makes a smoothie extra creamy without dairy. You can try this with any juice based smoothie to add extra protein.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? This recipe from Lauren at Nutrition Starring You will make a great snack or breakfast for two. This would be great try for breakfast on Saturday morning while you sip your tea and he enjoys his coffee.
On its own it doesn’t taste like cheese but in the right recipe tofu can stand it for ricotta or cottage cheese. This Vegetarian Times recipe makes a great family dinner. No one will even notice the cheese is gone!
The tofu is in the noodles in this recipe from Taylor from Food Faith Fitness. You’ll get a lot of veggies with plenty of room for other protein rich sides. This is a great example of how you can buy ready to eat tofu products like baked and marinated tofu and tofu deli slices like Tofurky brand products.
Once again tofu provides a cream base in this recipe from Laura at Sprint2TheTable. It’s a great way to take a classic comfort food and make it fit a plant based lifestyle.
Tofu makes an excellent protein rich filler like in this recipe from Clean Eating Magazine. This type of filling can also be amazing in a Portobello mushroom cap, in a wrap or pita.
When tofu is mashed up and mixed with veggies and spices it can be hard to distinguish at first glance from meat. This recipe from Vegetarian Times is a great weekend finger food to go with kebobs on the grill. Use the kind of tofu that is water packed, not the silken that is vacuum-sealed.
Don’t they always say it’s better to ask forgiveness instead of permission? You don’t have to tell anyone what’s in these recipes until they ask. They will taste so good no one will care that they just ate tofu. They might even ask for seconds!
How do you love tofu? Does the rest of your family love it or hate it?
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