5 Unexpected Ways to Use Up Leftover Tofu

updated May 2, 2019
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Tofu is versatile, nutritious, and so handy to have around. But what about those days you find yourself in a “tofu rut,” or are stuck with half a block left over from a stir-fry?

Here are five unexpected ways to quickly use up leftover tofu, whether it’s just a few slices or a whole block.

Tofu is one of those foods that I always find handy to have in the fridge. It’s super versatile, can take on a wide variety of flavors and always comes to the rescue when I need to bulk up dinner.

Unfortunately it’s also easy to fall into the “tofu rut”. You know, when your tofu consumption becomes limited to stir-fries, rice bowls, curries and tossing a few cubes on top of your salad.

Don’t let that happen to you! Tofu is capable of so much more. Here are five ways to put it to work.

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1. In Dessert

That’s right, tofu in dessert! Smooth and creamy silken tofu works like a charm in cheesecakes, chocolate mousse, pudding and even ice cream.

2. As an Egg Substitute

No eggs, no problem! Whether you’re vegan or not, consider swapping out eggs for tofu the next time you make a scramble, frittata or quiche.

3. To Thicken Smoothies

Hot summer morning or not, there’s a lot to love about starting your day with a cool smoothie! Blend in a few ounces of protein-packed silken tofu is to make your smoothie thicker, creamier and even more filling.

4. As a Creamy Dip

Silken tofu is the perfect addition to make your dip even creamier, without the heaviness of some dairy-based dips.

5. Grill It!

Summer is prime time grilling season, and there’s no reason why tofu shouldn’t get some grill time, too. Extra-firm tofu is your best bet. Grill the whole block or cut it into cubes and cook it on skewers.

What’s the most interesting way you’ve cooked with tofu?