Yummy tofu and hummus!
Sesame Tofu and Steamed Broccoli
Approximately 1,835 years ago tofu was invented by a prince named Liu An from China. Tofu has connections to the Buddhism religion as one of their main sources of protein. Tofu was used by the Ming Dynasty as well. Tofu is low in calories and has large amounts of protein, it is high in iron, calcium, magnesium and has little fat. There are two main categories of tofu, fresh tofu and processed tofu.The fresh variety of tofu is usually sold immersed in water to maintain its moisture content.
In English we call it tofu, which comes from the word bean in Japanese. Tofu is actually made from soy milk and it is processed bean curd from soybeans. There are all different kinds of tofu, some tofu brands are actually made from other legumes for example the "Shan" variety from Burmese, is made from yellow split peas. A true tofu is made out of soy milk curd, so in essence tofu is what I call "soy milk blocks". It resembles a similar process that we do to milk for cottage cheese.
Tofu is low in fat, if you have one hundred grams of tofu there would be only 4.8 grams of fat. There are several great sites for finding calories to your tofu dishes.
Crispy Chicken like Teriyaki Tofu
How you can use Tofu
There are several varieties of tofu and ways to prepare it. Firm tofu, fried tofu,frozen tofu, non-tofu. Tofu has very little flavor by itself, therefore tofu can be prepared in many flavorful dishes most commonly with soy sauce or with sesame oil and chilies. I like to cut tofu in chunks and marinate it with BBQ sauce overnight then put them on kebabs with veggies and barbecue them ( it tastes just like chicken). Tofu can also be used to replace cheese on dishes like spaghetti and lasagna. There's just many possibilities! all in all Tofu great source of non-animal protein and can absorb lots of great flavors, so get out there and get your tofu on the Barby!
In many recipes that call for chicken, I use the tofu, especially kabobs. I will add some recipe links below and you can use these ideas for tofu replacement.
Tofacen! A Bacon made from Tofu
- Tofu Recipes - Allrecipes.com
Tofu is the perfect ingredient for casseroles, stir-fries, curries, and lasagna. Find your favorite recipe.
- Free Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - AARP
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More recipe ideas *Tofu for the family
- How to Cook Tofu - Easy Tofu Cooking Tips - Delish.com
The secret to making tofu taste good starts with a step most novices forget. Here's how to press, marinate, crispen, and cook delicious tofu -- for any recipe.
- How to Make Tofu really Delicious - Tofu 101
Basic information on how to cook with tofu so that it has a crispy, delicious, brown crust and a great flavor
- Tofu the Kids Will Actually Like
Though not much of midday meal guy, columnist Manny Howard has locked onto a dish his kids love: tofu (of all things!)
How to make Hummus
Hummus is from an Arabic word that means chickpea,it is actually a legume. Some recipes date back to Cairo in the 13th century. Hummus is mainly used as a dip or spread and many recipes use the garbanzo beans which is a white chickpea, they also have green chickpeas too. Other words for chickpea are ceci bean, Channa and Bengal gram.
Hummus is a great source of fiber and protein. It has also been ground and made into flour to make the "Shan Tofu" talked about in our tofu section above.Hummus is made up of cooked mashed or pureed chickpeas,olive oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and tahini.
Yummy Hummus recipe sites
- Hummus For Real Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
Get this all-star, easy-to-follow Hummus For Real recipe from Alton Brown.
- Simple Hummus Recipe – Better than Storebought Hummus
Try our simple hummus recipe with canned chickpeas, garlic, tahini and olive oil. Plus, the secret to better than store-bought hummus with video.
Have you ever tried Hummus?
More links about Hummus
- How I Make Hummus - Pinch of Yum
This one little trick will give you the smoothest hummus you've ever had. Basic ingredients - no tahini required. My favorite hummus ever.
- Hummus: Recipe and Health Benefits
- How to make hummus without tahini
Recipe for hummus without tahini, the perfect hummus recipe for those who don't like tahini. Tahini is a sauce made from sesame seeds. This recipe is perfect with those with sesame seed allergie or don't like the flavor of sesame.
- 5 Health Benefits of Hummus | 3FC
Hummus is a popular dish that originated in the Middle East. It is a spread, dip, or paste made of chickpeas and tahini that is usually