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Easy and versatile ways to prepare tofu



Tofu is an ingredient that some people love and some people hate. Regardless, it’s fairly simple to prepare and versatile enough to match well with either simple or complex dishes.

Here’s how to prepare the tofu itself:

  1. Drain the water out of a block of firm tofu. Use a large spoon or plate to press on the tofu and squeeze out excess water.
  2. Place the tofu on a cutting board, then cut the tofu into ½ blocks.
  3. Save in refrigerator for later.

If you’re looking for different ways to prepare tofu, here’s a list of suggested recipes:

Tofu Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients:

1 tsp. onion powder

1 block of cubed tofu

A pinch of salt

1 cup spinach

1 tbsp. of olive oil

¼ tsp. of paprika

1 tbsp. of chicken seasoning (optional; can be excluded for vegans/vegetarians)

Several corn tortillas

1 tsp. of salsa

Directions:

  1. Pour the olive oil and salt into a pan and set temperature to medium heat.
  2. After a few minutes, marinate the tofu in the olive oil. Turn the heat off after about six minutes.
  3. Shred the spinach, then pour into the mixture.
  4. Add the onion powder, paprika, chicken seasoning and salsa into the mixture.
  5. Mix everything together and serve on tortillas.

Simple Tofu Bowl

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. of olive oil

1 tbsp. of soy sauce

1 tbsp. of sesame oil

½ tsp. onion powder

Tofu cubes

2 ½ cups of cooked instant quinoa

A pinch of salt

1 cup of cooked edamame

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the tofu, olive oil, edamame and quinoa in a bowl. Set aside for later.
  2. Pour the olive oil in a pan, then the tofu, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the first mixture, then cook for another five minutes.
  4. Pour the quinoa and edamame in the pan and mix everything together.

Tofu Lasagna

Ingredients:

½ package of lasagna noodles

3 cups mozzarella

1 1/4 jars of tomato sauce

A pinch of Italian seasoning

A pinch of salt

A pinch of crushed red pepper

1 cup of shredded spinach

1 block of tofu

Directions:

  1. Boil lasagna for eight minutes in a medium-sized pot.
  2. While the lasagna is cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Mash the tofu in a blender.
  4. Mix the seasoning, salt, spinach, pepper and tomato sauce in a bowl.
  5. Layer the bottom of a baking pan with about a cup of the mixture. Layer noodles on top to cover the pan, then add a cup of mozzarella across the noodles. Then add about a third of the tofu across the noodles.
  6. Repeat this step until there are no more ingredients. (The last ingredients to be layered should be noodles, followed by sauce and mozzarella, but not tofu.)
  7. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes.

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Anna Lieberman

Anna Lieberman

Anna is currently a news reporter for the Emerald.