Eco Tutorial: Trying Out Tofu

Recipe submitted by GoodtoGoEco
Visit the Good to Go Eco blog

A friend and I were discussing tofu the other day. We both ordered tofu frequently when eating out, but had never ventured to prepare any at home. After pondering this for awhile, I decided it was time to branch out and try something new. On my next visit to the grocery store I picked up a package of firm tofu. The package sat in my frig for awhile as I struggled to incorporate the ingredient into some of my standard meals. Looking back on it now, I truly think the tofu was intimidating me. This foreign substance had no natural place in my current repertoire.

Finally, I broke down and decided to just go for it. We did the standard fare of marinating the tofu in soy sauce and sautéing it with stir fry vegetables and serving over rice. The meal was tasty, but nothing overly engaging. We still had half a package of tofu left and were a bit overwhelmed by the rules for storing tofu. Since, I am completely against tossing good food, I decided now was the time to experiment. I sautéed the tofu with teriyaka sauce and a pat of butter. While this was cooking, I cut up some romaine lettuce and a tomato. I then tossed in the tofu and some Asian Ginger dressing and put in a container for lunch the next day.

The next day, I tossed in some crushed pita chips, in lieu of croutons, and tentatively tried my concoction. It was fabulous! In fact, one of the best salads I have ever had. The textures of the crisp lettuce, soft tofu and crunchy pita chips were the perfect balance. In addition the teriyaki sauce and dressing blended perfectly. My tofu experience had been a success!

Tofu Asian Salad (makes 1 large serving or 4 small sides)
1/2 package firm tofu
a few tablespoons teriyaki sauce
a pat of butter
1/2 organic romaine heart lettuce
1 organic roma tomato
T. Marzetti Asian Ginger dressing

Over medium high heat, sauté tofu with butter. After a few minutes add the teriyaki sauce and continue to until sauté all liquid is absorbed.

Rinse and chop lettuce and tomato. Toss in tofu and desired amount of dressing. Serve with crushed pita chips or croutons.

535 total views, 2 views today