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The reality is, we don't eat that much tofu. Or soy products in general, for that matter. I wouldn't say we abstain from soy by any means, but I feel that buying organic, non-GMO tofu and eating it a few times a month is acceptable. From what I've read, most of the negative soy information has to do more with isolates and modified soy protein rather than whole, organic soy beans and tofu. And the health benefits of tofu are numerous: high in healthy protein, Omega-3s, selenium, iron and maganese (to name a few). We still don't eat it that often as I typically center our meals around vegetables, but it makes for a nice change now and again!
My girls will actually eat firm tofu plain (which is great when I'm running late and don't have time to do much), and we all love the Chinese sun-dried tofu any way you slice it - raw, cooked, grilled, you name it. Yum! But the all-time family favorite is Carrot-Tofu Scramble. This meal is my go-to dish for busy weeknights. I liken it to a S.A.D. family's mac-n-cheese (but so much better for you and your little ones). This recipe is actually a double order (please note, my children are like ravenous wolves and eat everything in sight - your recipe may actually go a bit farther, or if you are cooking for fewer people simply use half the amount of the ingredients and watch the cooking times). I've adapted this recipe from one I found in an old copy of The Vegetarian Times Cookbook.
- Tablespoon oil
- Two pounds extra-firm organic, non-GMO tofu - drained
- Two pounds carrots - grated
- 1/2 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (you can substitute soy sauce)
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 2-3 tsp. sesame oil (depending on taste)
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium, and add the grated carrots. Stir frequently until the carrots soften (about 15 minutes - you can speed up the process by covering the skillet).
- Crumble the tofu into the skillet and stir, cooking for 5 - 10 minutes more.
- Add the Braggs and the sesame seeds and mix well.
- Drizzle on the sesame oil and stir.
Real Review - 6/6
Self: "Definitely tasty!"
The Spouse: "This is always good."
The Sous-Chef: "Yes! My favorite!"
The D.Q.: "Mmmmm!!! Can I have more? And more rice?"
Miss U.N.: "Mommy, you KNOW I love this! It's so good!"
Wild Thing: "Carrot Tofu Scramble! Of COURSE it's good - it's carrots and tofu!"