Anyone Can Cook Fabulous Vegetarian Food: Non-Terrifying Tofu!

OK.  This is it.  This is where it gets scary.  I’ve been playing, I admit, at the shallow end of the vegetarian pool.  I buy my farmers’ market veggies, I use legumes with grains to build whole proteins, and I add nuts to anything I think I can get away with, given that neither Andrew or I really like nuts in things.  I make veggie-burgers and vegan cakes and smoothies with non-dairy milks, and I even play with raw foods.

But there is one food that I have, thus far, largely avoided.  I buy it sometimes, and put it in my fridge, whence it gazes upon my accusingly until I feel so overwhelmed with guilt that I blend it up with a lot of chocolate and call it a truffle tart.  Or… nope, that’s basically all I do with it, really.  Oh, wait, there’s a dip, too.  It’s quite a good dip, actually.  But that really is it.  And this is silly, because I know perfectly well that one can make tasty food with tofu.  I’ve even done so, on occasion.  It’s just… there’s something about it that intimidates me utterly.  Perhaps it’s the beige, quiveringness of it all.  Perhaps it’s the subtly nutty flavour which, I must admit, I do not really like.

All I can say for certain is that I am terrified of tofu, and it’s time to face my fears!  With Lent (and thus vegetarianism) rapidly approaching, the time has come to gird my loins and venture into the land of soy products.

The March 2014 theme is

Non-Terrifying Tofu!

(Soy be it.)

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I’m going to need a lot of help on this challenge, I can tell you now.  Because while I have successfully followed recipes for tofu, I just am nowhere near comfortable enough with it to generate my own.  So if you are a regular eater of tofu, if you know just how to make it awesome, please, come and share your recipes, especially the savoury ones (I’ve pretty much got a handle on the whole ‘blend tofu with fruit or chocolate to make a mousse’ concept).  I’d really love to get some good marinated tofu recipes, some curries, some scrambled tofu (the best tofu I have had to date was a vegan version of Migas, spicy scrambled tofu with tortilla bits), some… honestly, I dont know what!  If I did, I wouldn’t be basically sitting here going ‘help!  I don’t know what to do with tofu!’

But I truly don’t.  If you do, I’d love to hear from you this month.

Challenge rules can be found at the main challenge page!  Don’t forget to add your post to the linky below once you’ve done all the lovely adding of icons and linking back to this page, so that you can get the blog hop code for your own page.

(I was going to end with another Soy pun, but since the only thing that comes to mind relates to Soylent Green, which is really not a very vegetarian concept, I think I might leave it at that…)



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10 comments for “Anyone Can Cook Fabulous Vegetarian Food: Non-Terrifying Tofu!

  1. March 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I love tofu so am delighted you’ve chosen it this month 🙂 I’ll definitely link something in!

    • Catherine
      March 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Hooray! I can’t wait to see what you post!

      • March 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        I was going to try and come up with a super exciting dish but thanks for prompting me to link in my sweet and sour tofu – given it’s nearly the end of March time for my ‘super exciting’ idea is running out! I have linked it in and hopefully it is appearing at your end for approval 🙂

        • Catherine
          March 30, 2014 at 8:42 pm

          Thank you for linking it!

  2. March 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I love tofu too – will try and help you out – I have an idea now just need energy to follow through

    • Catherine
      March 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I look forward to seeing it!

  3. March 18, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I have a great tofu and vegetable stir fry recipe that I’d love to post here, but the linky says it’s closed? Here’s the link, anyway: http://family-friends-food.com/spicy-sweet-smoked-tofu-and-vegetable-stir-fry/
    Thanks!
    Helen x.

    • Catherine
      March 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

      That’s because I am an idiot! I’ve fixed the linky now, and would love it if you’d enter your recipe into the link.

      • March 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

        Thanks! Will do! H x.