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May 1, 2010 10:12 AM

Your favorite tofu recipes?

I'm a reasonably dedicated athlete and have a big season coming up. I also live in one of the hippiest towns in America. The majority of my friends are vegetarian, as is my girlfriend. I love to eat with them, so I'm trying to figure out how to adapt my diet to their restrictions. The one challenge I'm having is protein.

I have nothing against vegetarian sources of protein, but I do have to keep my scope narrow - I get full before I can eat enough quinoa or rice and beans, so I have to look at more efficient vehicles. Tempeh isn't particularly healthy in volume, and I don't care for seitan or TVP. I'm basically sticking to tofu, which I enjoy and respect as much as I can given it's competing for my favor with the delicious animal kingdom.

What are your recommendations for dishes where tofu really shines? I'm afraid I'm going to get tired of it pretty quick, and am looking for lots of variety without feeling like I'm having a lesser version of a traditionally animal-based dish.

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  1. My favorite prep of soft tofu, hands down. Fast, easy, absolutely addictive and delicious:

    mix together 1/2 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tsp of maggi sauce (available at any asian market: it's the funny shaped bottle with the yellow cap), 3-4 tbsps of oyster sauce, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, hot sauce (i use sriracha -- a good spritz if you likey da spicey), and a dash of rice vinegar.

    dice a pack of soft tofu and zap in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. poor out any liquid the tofu might have sweat out. heat up 2 tbsp of cooking oil (i use peanut oil, but you can use any oil you like) until it smokes, then pour over nuked tofu. add aforementioned sauce. add chopped scallions, a heaping helping of cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds. inhale.

    super-low cal, super-tasty.

    1. firm or extra firm. cut into 1/4 inch strips, pat dry.

      Tofitas - like fajitas.
      Brown your tofu strips first.
      Then do peppers, onions, shrooms, high heat - little bit of cumin, dried ground ancho chile, fresh garlic, cilantro, lots of olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper... You get the drift...

      Guacamole, cheese, salsa, sour cream.