Written by Reya Borbridge
These past two weeks, Slugs in the Kitchen has been making tofu recipes! To highlight
this amazing ingredient we have made Teriyaki tofu with peanut sauce and veggies, Orange tofu, and soon to be Tofu Scramble with Roasted rosemary potatoes. These are all easy, flavorful recipes that will let people explore tofu more and learn how tjo make it multiple different ways. Many people message us asking for tofu recipes or how to make tofu taste good. The videos, recipes, and social media posts we have conducted are all about making tofu seem less intimidating and bland, but an amazing food item that is packed with plant based protein, and absorbent to any flavor you want it to be. These recipes also show how to make tofu crispy and fried, to crumbly and soft.
In this post we wanted to not just talk about upcoming tofu recipes being posted, but also provide more in-depth information on tofu itself. Tofu gets a lot of bad rep because of it being soy-based. What people don’t realize is that it’s only a problem if you're a person who struggles with a condition of having too much soy in their diet, or because of soy being proclaimed as high in estrogen and furthermore more prone to give you breast cancer. Tofu actually has been found in studies to help lower the risk of prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, and when eaten in moderation breast cancer! You would need to eat a mass quantity of soy to actually get a “bad rep” effect that is so ingrained in society. Men are especially skeptical of tofu or vegan/plant-based diets because they believe it won’t give them enough protein compared to meat, or that meat in general is more “manly” or “builds more muscle”. Tofu, depending on brand and amount eaten, has a very similar protein content as animal protein. This fact hopefully can show all of the people doubting it to revisit tofu and give it a second chance!
Tofu is an amazing source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It also contains iron, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, and B-1. Meat, on the contrary, has a lot of health concerns if eaten in large quantities, multiple times a day or in general just over consumed. Meat is known for being high in cholesterol and saturated fat, but meat isn’t all bad. For instance, having some fish and chicken in your diet along with lots of veggies, fruits, eggs, and a diverse abundance of non processed food is the best way to eat healthy. Although the recipes that we post on our Instagram, Tik Tok, and Youtube are all plant based, feel free to incorporate your own twists. We do this to primarily focus on the local produce that is seasonally available and can taste amazing if cooked properly. We also do this to highlight a sustainable way of cooking, eating, and overall show how to lower your carbon footprint. Tofu overall is an amazing staple to add to your diet and can be made in almost any cuisine due to its incredible absorption of seasoning. We hope you give our recipes that we have posted a try and stay tuned for more ways that we incorporate tofu into our dishes.