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Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 10/25/2010 1:11 PM EDT
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Does anyone have any good recipes using Tofu ?

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 11/8/2010 1:08 PM EST
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HiPam; You already have several of mine &I believe at least one ofyour own I hope you( & me too) get some more good ones from other VBBSmile

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 11/12/2010 7:57 AM EST
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Sorry  No can do to Tofu.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/5/2011 9:42 AM EST
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I have never used tofu in cooking.  Might be something to try.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/5/2011 10:51 AM EST
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I have done a spicy green bean stir fry with tofu. 
I will get the firm tofu, cut it in half and save half for another meal.  The half I am going to use I will cut that in 1/3's place it on a kitchen towel and weight it down to remove more moisture.  Then after several hours or overnight I cut it into cubes or strips, depends on how I feel.
Place a bit of oil in a fry pan and brown the tofu, add frozen green beans and a bit of water to steam them.  Then I will add some hot and spicy oriental sauce, a bit of siracha and hoisin combined or other sauce I found at Trader Joe's  Sort of depends on what strikes my fancy.  Even a mixture of red pepper flakes, water, soy sauce and peanut butter makes a good sauce.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 3:50 PM EST
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Thanks nikki...

I've made several different recipes using Tofu. First Hubby said he liked it, then after that he said he wasn't thrilled about it.
Go figure. LOL...
I haven't made anything with Tofu lately, but I use the extra firm.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 4:59 PM EST
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I've never used tofu in anything .... would be another giant step for me

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 6:37 PM EST
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Anybody ever see the episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" when Marie molds a Thanksgiving turkey out of tofu? Cracks me up every time I see it. And gives tofu a bad name.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 6:58 PM EST
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R.ice.T.ofuV.egetables  [a classic vegetarian dish serves 4-6  I 've been making  RTV forover 25 years; even when we are eating meats;we still enjojy  RTV once-in-a-while Wink -great for cholesterol lowering dietsSmile
1]-
Cook(  instant, Success OR regular) brown rice as directed, on pkg; transfer to serving bowl, cover & set aside,keeping hot

-2]-1] (12.3-ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes & set aside.. stor extra tofu covered w/ water in a covered container & chill; drain & replace water daily.

-3]- Cut[ SEE my HINT] ( as listed) ALL veggies & tofu; set aside in separate bowls

-4]- Mix sauce & set aside


INGREDIENTS:

 3 cups pre-coked brown rice

veggies:(HINT)I use half to a whole a one # pkg of frozen [ no sauce]"oriental" ( Mandarin) veggies; It already has carrots, broccoli, red bell pepper strips, water chestnut slices and a few mushrooms, no sauce in the  package; you'll add your own.
Addtheeadditionalfreshveggies,ifdesired.

one half- one medium onion, peel & coarse chop)

1/2cup carrots sliced1/3" onan angle)
1/2c cup mushroms( common/button, or portobello or shitake; sliced/cut as desired) in = size pieces

SAUCE:

combine in 2 cup measure & set aside:

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup (canned or reconstituted dry mix ok) chicken or vegetable broth

2 tablespoons oyster OR hoisin sauce( in Asian mktor aisle)orfromChinese restaurant( I ask & geta small container( 1/4cp) at no cost, w /a take out order)

2 tablespoons (low-sodium, OK) soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar or or apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar OR subst.

HAVE READY ( before starting to cook):

1 (12.3-ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut in 1/2" cubes = 1 cup tofu cubes.Stor extra tofu,covered w/cool water;in a covered container chill.(Change water daily)
also

ALL veggies; listed in /on plates,bowls near the stove top

HINT:

I use half  to  full  one # pkg of frozen"Oriental" ( Mandarin  style veggies)gies; It already has carrots, broccoli, red bell pepper strips, water chestnut slices and a few mushrooms, nosauce; you 'll makeyour own.Add dditionalfresh cut up vegies, if/as desired

sauce mixture; stir again, just beforeadding to skillet

DIRECTIONS:

Follow steps #1-#4

#-5]- Pam spray & heat wok/ 10" skillet on med-high heat

Add oil(s) 2-3tsp canola or peanut oil

opt: 1 teaspoon dark (oriental) sesame oil & heat .

Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon(to taste) crushed red pepper flakes; 15 seconds -one minute

1/2tsp( onec love) garlic minced

1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

Add in order listed & stir fry; till crisp tender: all pre-cutveggies:onion, ; mushrooms, red bell pepper strips;

 Optional:additional veggies #1:
1/2 cup diagonally 1/3"sliced carrot 2 min.

1 cup thinly sliced onion 2 min

1 cup red bell pepper strips1 min.

2-3  cups sliced zucchini in 1/2"half rounds (about 3/4 pound)3 min

1/2cup mushrooms, sliced, 1 minute

opt.veggies#2

Add 1/2- 1 cup snow peas, trimmed 30 seconds

opt.Add1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Stir -fry to mix & heat through.

 Stir well & add sauce mixture

Bring to a boil & stir-fry till boils & thickens.

Stirin tofu pieces, heat though

Serve @ once over HOT cooked brown rice

Serve w/  beer or tea(iced or hot  & fresh fruit platter( for dessert)

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 7:34 PM EST
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R. ice  T.tofu V.eggies ( a "classic")vegetarian dishThat I've been making for over 25 years   serves 4-6

-1]- Cook( "instant"/Success OR regular brown rice ( to make 3 cups), cooked, as directed; transfer to serving bowl, cover & set aside,keeping hot

-2]-1] (12.3-ounce) package  extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside
Reserve xetra tofu covered w/ water, in a covered container & keep chilled.drain & Change water daily

-3]- Cut[ SEE my HINT] ( as listed) ALL veggies & tofu; set aside in separate bowls (leftovers, over ricemicrowave re-heat well,) good for lunchSmile

-4]- Mix sauce & set aside


INGREDIENTS:

pre-cooked brown rice

veggies: HINT: I use half to a whole  one # pkg of frozen [ no sauce]"oriental" ( Mandarin) veggies; It already has carrots, broccoli, red bell pepper strips, water chestnut slices and a few mushroom slices & , no sauce in the package; you'll add your own (sauce).

one half- one medium onion, peel & coarse chop)

1/2c cup mushroms( common/button,  portobello or shitake; sliced/cut as desired) in = size pieces

SAUCE

combine in 2 cup measure & set aside:

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup (canned or reconstituted dry mix ok) chicken or vegetable broth

2 tablespoons oyster OR hoisin sauce( in Asian mkt or aisle)or fromChinese restaurant( I ask & get a small container( 1/4cp) at no cost, w /a take out order)Just ask when you place your order!And don't forget to say shayshay=thanks; when you are given the hoisin sauce.Innocent

2 tablespoons (low-sodium, OK) soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar or or apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar OR substitute.

HAVE READY ( before starting to cook):

1 (12.3-ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut.also

sauce mixture; stir just beforea adding to skillet

ALL veggies; listed

HINT:

Iuse half a one # pkg of frozen"oriental" ( Mandarin) veggies; It already has carrots, broccoli, red bell pepper strips, water chestnut slices and a few mushrooms
1/2cup diagonally sliced carrot

DIRECTIONS:Have all ingredientsr eady befoeyou start cookin.Stir-fry cooking goes pretty fast & you don't want to stop to & cut or measure while you are cooking

Follow steps #1-#4

#-5]- Pam spray & heat wok/ 10" skillet on med-high heat

Add oil(s) 2-3tsp canola or peanut oil

opt: 1 teaspoon dark (oriental) sesame oil & heat .

Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon(to taste) crushed red pepper flakes; 10-15seconds, aftere ach addition 

1/2tsp( one c love) garlic minced

1 -2 tsp fresh ginger,  peled & minced orshredded

Add in order listed & stir fry; till crisp tender: all pre-cut veggies:
1 cup thinly sliced onion,
1/2 cup diagonally 1/3"sliced carrot 2 min;
mushrooms, red bell pepper strips; 1 min

1.

 onion 2 min

1 cup red bell pepper strips    .

3 cups sliced zucchini in 1/2"half rounds (about 3/4 pound)3 min

1/2cup mushrooms, sliced, 1 minute

opt.

Add 1/2- 1 cup snow peas, trimmed 30 seconds

opt.Add1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Stir -fry to mix & heat through.

# Stir well & add sauce mixture

Bring to a boil & stir-fry till boils & thickens.

Stirin tofu pieces, heat though

Serve @ once over HOT cooked brown rice

Serve w/ tea & fresh fruit platter( for dessert)

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 8:01 PM EST
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Hi   DEBRA  M;
Sure did & laughed all the way throughLaughing; NEVER HAD A TOFU TURKEY @THANKSGIVING  or at anytimeUndecidedUndecided
In Response to Re: Cooking with Tofu???:
Anybody ever see the episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" when Marie molds a Thanksgiving turkey out of tofu? Cracks me up every time I see it. And gives tofu a bad name.
Posted by Debra M

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/7/2011 8:40 PM EST
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Thanks Ann, I love tofu.I order tofu and chinese vegetables all the time.I just eat it out of the container dipped in soy sauce and then in furi kake nori,which is sprinkled on rice,it is sea weed,bonita flakes and sesame seeds.This is something I think you have to be raised with or an aquired taste.My sons love rice with the furi kake nori on it,they have been eating this since they were little.As I said my brother in law was Japanese and his family lived across the street and I had the opportunity to sample a lot of Japanese cooking.I will try out some of the recipes you posted they sound wonderful.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/10/2011 11:31 PM EST
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Sorry.  Can't help on this one.  Have never made anything with tofu.  My son who lives four hours away and does a lot of cooking uses tofu.  I don't think my husband would like it.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 8:42 AM EST
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I have never made anything with tofu.  I have probably eaten it at Chinese restaurants.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 10:53 AM EST
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Tofu never used it have tasted it and it really doesn't have much of a taste i like more favor then it has.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 11:12 AM EST
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I have found that even the firm tofu is better if you slice it into 1/2 inch slices, lay them on a kitchen towel or several layers of paper towel and place another towel on top and weight it down for a while.  This will remove more moisture and make the tofu much firmer. I find this texture much more palatable than the softer tofu.
Season the tofu and sauté in a hot pan with oil.  If the tofu is dry enough you should get a nice sear on it.
I find that tofu needs bold flavors, I like a spicy sauce of almost any variety.

I did see an episode on the Food Network where Alton Brown made a chocolate pie from silken tofu.  It looked so very good. I told myself I should try that.  Have not yet.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 11:45 AM EST
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Can't help with this one, I'm allergic to soy!

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 12:20 PM EST
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I don't care much for it.  Maybe if it was a different texture like Nikki makes it..... But I am not so sure I would like it even then.

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 12:28 PM EST
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HiNIKKI; WOW, you never cease to surprise me w/ your eclectic/varied knowledge.This recipe has been "copied & pasted for my personal  pc computer files.I can hardly wait to make i tASAP; hubbywil loveKiss it, for sureSmileYourPB sauce (w/redpepper flakes) is a longtimefaveofhis(since hisyear spent working inThailand)
hanx for sharing
;BTW I might add some diced or strips of sweet red bell pepper, for color,liketheThais often do
In Response to Re: Cooking with Tofu???:
I have done a spicy green bean stir fry with tofu.  I will get the firm tofu, cut it in half and save half for another meal.  The half I am going to use I will cut that in 1/3's place it on a kitchen towel and weight it down to remove more moisture.  Then after several hours or overnight I cut it into cubes or strips, depends on how I feel. Place a bit of oil in a fry pan and brown the tofu, add frozen green beans and a bit of water to steam them.  Then I will add some hot and spicy oriental sauce, a bit of siracha and hoisin combined or other sauce I found at Trader Joe's  Sort of depends on what strikes my fancy.  Even a mixture of red pepper flakes, water, soy sauce and peanut butter makes a good sauce.
Posted by nikki p

Re: Cooking with Tofu???

posted at 2/24/2011 12:38 PM EST
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Hi Debra M ; Yes we have....It might scare off a tofu neophyte but those of us who know &love tofu find it extremely amusing; cracks us up every time we think about it.

in Response to Re: Cooking with Tofu???:
Anybody ever see the episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" when Marie molds a Thanksgiving turkey out of tofu? Cracks me up every time I see it. And gives tofu a bad name.
Posted by Debra M

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