When I made the commitment to lose weight and eat healthier this year, I made a lot of changes. I have learned a lot about what organic and Non-GMO means and have changed a lot of my habits. I have driven my husband crazy by sending him all over town looking for certain foods I wanted to try. Because so many of what we eat has GMO in it, it has been very difficult to find products that are GMO free. If you are unfamiliar, GMO means Genetically Modified Organisms. These are created by scientists who have genetically modified or engineered food plants. Research has found many health and environmental risks are associated with genetically modified (GM) foods.
As part of my healthy eating plan, I have recently incorporated tofu into my diet. This is a food which I will admit was completely new to me. I have had tofu in my Hot and Sour soup I get from the local Chinese restaurant, but that was the extent of my familiarity of it. If you are not familiar with tofu, it is a custard-like food made from soybeans, which contains all eight essential amino acids. Tofu is free from saturated fat and cholesterol, and is a superb choice for protein. Since I have stopped eating red meat, I have needed another form of protein in my diet and tofu is perfect for me.
I recently received several varieties of tofu from Mori-Nu, a division of Morinaga Nutritional Foods Inc. from Torrance, California. This company has been a leader in the industry since 1985, due in part to their innovative packaging methods. By using aseptically packaged silken style tofu, you get high quality tofu which does not need packaging until it has been opened. I received the Mori-Nu Silken Tofu in soft, firm, extra-firm, lite and organic. I have used the medium in my Hot and Sour Soup recipe, the soft for my berry smoothies and the organic for my Tofu And Veggies in Peanut Sauce Recipe, which is located below. Be sure to follow Mori-Nu on Twitter. One USA reader will win a variety of tofu from Mori-Nu ARV $50.
Tofu And Veggies in Peanut Sauce Recipe
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 small head broccoli, chopped
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small red, yellow and orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 5 fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 pound firm tofu, cubed
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1½ tablespoons molasses
- ground cayenne pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Saute broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, onions and tofu for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl combine peanut butter, hot water, vinegar, soy sauce, molasses and cayenne pepper. Pour over vegetables and tofu. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender crisp. Serve over noodles or rice
Do you cook with tofu, and if so, what dish is your favorite?