Have you heard of tofu misozuke, i.e. miso marinated tofu? It's been called "vegan cheese," "vegan butter," even "vegan foie gras." While I suppose there's some (delicious) truth in those statements, I think tofu misozuke is amazing stuff on its own, without all the animal-product based comparisons. Just what is tofu misozuke and what can you do with it? Read on for more information.
Dried beancurd sticks might not sound or look like the most enticing ingredient at the Asian market, but when you know how to prepare them – and it isn't hard – they just might become one of your go-to ingredients for braises, stir fries, soups, and salads.
Do you not want to just reach into the computer and grab a handful of these crispy coconut chips? So-called fake meat bacon substitutes don't normally hold much allure for us, but this recipe from Fettle Vegan...this is different. This could be a game changer.
Have you discovered soy curls yet? If not, you need to—whether you are a vegetarian or not. These soy curls are not your mama's textured vegetable protein, that's for sure. They are hip and tasty and just waiting for your next lunch salad or BBQ sandwich craving.
How often do you pull out a block of leftover tofu, only to discover that it has gone bad? We have two storage methods for you: one that will keep tofu fresh for a few days and the other for months. They'll work with both firm and silken styles of tofu.
I used to avoid eating tofu because of the genetically modified organisms found in many soy products and a lack of options for buying it very fresh. But then I moved to Lawrence, Kansas and found the extra firm tofu (and tempeh!) created by longtime local favorite Central Soyfoods. A few reasons they won me over:
Let's clear something up at the start, shall we? Tofu does not have to be bland. There are many kinds to buy and multiple ways to prepare it. But let's skip all that for a second: if you're looking for simplicity, then there's really only one cooking method you need to know to make tofu that's delicious, versatile, and perfect for weeknight meals. Learn this simple, no-fail way to cook tofu, you'll never be disappointed.
This past weekend I joined my family for a lazy afternoon in the park. The sun was blazing, we rode our bikes, and a water fight ensued, which we followed up with some serious napping. When we woke up to a subtle, perfect breeze, we dove into this tofu "egg" salad with gusto.
When reader babygrace requested a post about silken tofu, I knew we would have to consult Andrea Nguyen, author of the outstanding new cookbook Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home. Andrea happily obliged, explaining what makes silken tofu different from regular tofu and sharing plenty of tips for buying, storing, and cooking this versatile ingredient.
The old joke about someone being 'vegetarian except for bacon' is a bit stale but nonetheless, it harbors some truth. Bacon is one of the most missed foods when people give up eating meat and often the first one back (the "gateway meat"). Still, most vegetarians I know have found many inventive ways to add bacon's delicious qualities into their food without using actual bacon itself. For me, bacon's appeal is the coming together of three things: fat, smoke and salt. I suggest addressing each of these when searching for a way to add bacon-y goodness to vegetarian and vegan foods. Read on for several suggestions.