Hello lovelies, today I have a special post for you: 10 tips on how to make tofu tasty for your family! I keep getting asked what can be done to make tofu taste really good and, above all, in a way that the whole family likes it. I've tried a lot of recipes over the past 5 years and turned my family into real tofu lovers. And of course I don't want to withhold my tips from you.
TOFU – BUT WHICH ONE?
I’ll start off with one of my most important pieces of advice, tip 1a, so to speak: you have to buy the tastiest tofu! And this to us is very clearly: Taifun Tofu!* I’m very happy that I can work with them for another year. And even if I have a collaboration with Taifun Tofu, you can be sure that my tips are absolutely independent, because Taifun's tofu has been one of our favorites for years and we were already fans before the collaboration.
Not only is the quality very convincing, I also love the variety of flavors. So everyone is guaranteed to find their favorite tofu and this can become an integral part of the family table, because tofu is healthy. Not only is it a good source of protein, it’s also full of valuable nutrients. In particular the proportion of iron is noticeably high. There are also essential amino acids, secondary plant substances, B vitamins and E vitamins. Thanks to its low fat content and its loose consistency, tofu is easy to digest and ensures a positive acid-base ratio in the body.
10 TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE TOFU TASTY FOR YOUR FAMILY!
But I'm sure you are interested in my specific tips, so let's go:
1. TOFU IN A SANDWICH
If it has to go fast, I like to prepare the Tofu-Filets Japanese Style from Taifun as a sandwich. Served between 2 slices of whole meal toast, topped with hummus, vegan cheese, lettuce, cucumber and sprouts and you have a delicious and wholesome dish. The fried fillets also taste great with a dip and are great finger food even for the little ones.
2. TOFU IN THE LUNCHBOX
From the sandwich we come straight to the second tip: tofu in the lunch box. Either as a sandwich, of course, like the whole meal sandwich with the Japanese roast fillet, or just individual strips, e.g. from smoked tofu or the almond sesame tofu as a source of protein. My kids like to have smoked tofu with them at school and nibble on it along with crackers or vegetable sticks. By now their classmates have become curious and my girls love to share and have been able to convince other children of the delicious tofu.
3. TOFU IN THE BOWL WITH RICE AND VEGETABLES
A quick lunch idea can be implemented with the curry mango tofu: tofu in the bowl with rice and vegetables. To do this, I crumble the tofu and fry it in a little sesame oil, plus frozen edamame and corn. The whole thing is then served with rice and everyone adds soy sauce to their own taste. A quick, healthy lunch that will cover your protein needs and also serve a delicious portion of vegetables.
4. TOFU IN SALAD
Of course, tofu is also a wonderful side to a salad. We especially like to have the FETO from Taifun, because it tastes quite neutral and therefore accepts the dressing very well. We love colorful salads with roasted seeds, and the consistency of the FETO is a great addition. You can simply crumble it, season it with herbs and sprinkle it over the salad. Of course, you can also marinate it - you can try whatever you like best.
5. TOFU ON THE SNACK PLATTER
Smoked tofu and almond sesame tofu are particularly popular here. Especially just cold and straight into the mouth. In fact, I've often "caught" my daughters at the open fridge, simply nibbling off half a tofu 🙂 - well, there are actually worse things. And so I like to cut the tofu into strips and serve it with apples, vegetable sticks, crackers and nuts. But it also tastes really delicious on bread. Be sure to try the two varieties, everyone loves it!
6. TOFU FROM THE OVEN
Add a tray with oven vegetables and add the crispy tofu in cubes - it couldn't be easier, right? And it will also be super delicious - I can promise you that! I used the Tofu Basilico for this, because it’s already full of flavor on its own. You cut it into cubes and then put it on a tray with the vegetables of your choice. For me this time it was small potatoes, fennel, carrots and sweet potatoes.
Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and add fresh or dried herbs if you like. Bake in the oven at 200°C (392°F) for about 30-40 minutes, until everything is crispy.
The tofu turns out super crispy and we love it. We also like a dip to go with it, such as hummus and sauerkraut. Of course, a salad is also delicious with it. The baked tofu is of course always suitable as a topping for your salads.
7. TOFU WITH CHOCOLATE
That might sound strange at first, BUT silken tofu is ideal for sweet dishes and cakes. I used it to make a simple chocolate mousse that only consists of 3 ingredients:
200 g (7 oz.) silken tofu
100 g (3.5 oz.) vegan chocolate
Some maple syrup (to your own taste)
Melt the chocolate over the water bath, puree the silken tofu with the blender, then add the melted chocolate and sweeten with maple syrup as much as you like. Serve chilled.
8. TOFU FOR BREAKFAST
You can also use silken tofu to prepare a delicious smoothie bowl for breakfast. Simply puree frozen fruits with the silken tofu and sweeten as desired (usually not necessary at all). I used 100g (3.5 oz.) frozen blueberries and 200g (7 oz.) silken tofu. You get an incredibly great and creamy consistency and a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
I like to serve the smoothie bowl with delicious granola, fresh fruits and nut butter. Easy, quick, tasty and especially popular with the kids.
9. TOFU AS BOLOGNESE
Tip no. 9 is definitely my husband's favorite. He loves Bolognese and I prefer the Tofu Rosso for my version, but the smoked tofu is also great. Crumble the tofu and prepare the Bolognese according to your favorite recipe. The tofu is then roasted and gets a great consistency in the sauce. Of course, we like to eat the sauce with spaghetti in the classic way, but it is also very fine in a lasagna.
10. FRIED TOFU WITH SOY SAUCE
Fried tofu deglazed with soy sauce is great for all Asian dishes. Here I also prefer to use the two types of smoked tofu. Depending on the dish, I cut them into cubes or strips. Then the tofu is fried nice and crispy in sesame or coconut oil and deglazed with soy sauce. You can also fry shiitake mushrooms and add sesame seeds. This is how we prefer to eat tofu as a side dish in ramen. But it is also very suitable for sushi or summer rolls.
These were my 10 tips on how you can easily and deliciously integrate tofu into your everyday family life. I can think of so many more dishes: tofu scrambled eggs, breaded tofu, tofu with a nut crust, cheesecake, tofu as a dip, etc. As you can see, the options are almost endless and tofu is just incredibly versatile.
You can find many more recipes on the blog here and I would be very happy if you try one or the other.
I hope you enjoyed my 10 tips on how to make tofu tasty for your family and you and your loved ones will now also get to appreciate the taste of tofu! I can really recommend the tofu varieties from Taifun Tofu and I’m firmly convinced that you will all find your favorite. In Switzerland you can get it in organic shops, online or at Alnatura.
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*This blogpost was created in collaboration with Taifun Tofu – the recipes are my own.
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