Tofu sometimes gets a bad rap in popular culture, but we really should take notice of this nutrient- dense food more often. It's packed with protein and is low in fat. So how can you include it in your diet this summer to get the most out of this beneficial food?
There is a huge variety of tofu, so you'll need to find the right type depending on your preferences, but don't be daunted by the range available. Most tofu packaging explains the best use for each variety, and we've included some hints and tips below on how to serve up a nutritious dish your family will love.
The extra firm tofu is most like the texture of meat because it has the lowest amount of moisture. A great way to use this variety is to grill up some tofu skewers on the BBQ in summer
. Alternate cubes of tofu with delicious vitamin-packed summer veggies
like capsicum and zucchini. You could also drizzle the skewers with your favourite homemade marinade and allow them to marinate for a few hours before cooking.
Another idea is to use tofu in your stir fry as it's a great addition or alternative to meat and works just as well with the usual vegetable based ingredients. Just be sure to give it plenty of flavour by marinating it in stir fry sauce. Similarly, you could try adding small cubes over a homemade pizza for a healthy spin on a family treat.
Soft tofu is the best for salads and mixes in perfectly with almost any combination of leafy greens, tomatoes and citrus fruits for those warmer days. Try adding a little zest to the flavour with a light tasty mayonnaise, lemon juice and a sprinkling of black pepper.
Tofu is both great for you and easy to add to almost any meal - just keep an eye out for it in the supermarket and get creative with your next dinner!