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4 Surprising ways to use tofu

It's not just for stir-fries

From SheKnows Canada
Have you been led to believe the only way to use tofu is by swapping it into your usual meat dishes? Not the case! This subtle vegetable protein can be used in a multitude of creative and delicious ways.

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In smoothies

Do you love smoothies that are so thick they could almost be confused for milkshakes? Start incorporating tofu into them. Its thick and creamy texture makes it an ideal addition to your blended beverage. Silken tofu is particularly useful for this task. Try it in this this tropical walnut smoothie, and see for yourself.

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For pasta sauce

If you're trying to eat more healthily, you might think creamy pasta sauces are off limits. And it's true — all the butter, cheese and cream that go into many decadent sauces won't work in your favour when you're trying to drop pounds or get fit. But that's where tofu steps in to save the day. Edible Perspective explains it's as simple as blending together tofu, marinara sauce and a few other basic ingredients to create your very own creamy rosé that will add spunk and flavour to all your favourite pasta dishes.

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As a breakfast scramble

It's almost impossible to flip through a health or fitness magazine without reading that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And for good reason! Your first meal of the day satisfies your morning hunger and gives your body the nutrition it needs to get up and moving. At first glance, tofu might not seem like a go-to breakfast item, but you'll reconsider that notion after trying this vegan tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms. It's the perfect hearty and nutritious way to start your day.

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Standing on its own

You've perhaps had tofu mixed into a stir-fry or noodle dish and not thought much of it. You might have found it bland or lacking in texture and excitement. If that's the case, the concept of making it a stand-alone dish might not seem all that appealing. But this nutritious vegetable protein can be every bit as exciting as your favourite meats when under the influence of the right recipe. Not entirely convinced? Try it in this herb crusted tofu recipe, and see what you think. Or for something with a bit of a kick, whip up some warm tofu with spicy garlic sauce.

There's no end to how you can incorporate tofu into your breakfasts, lunches and dinners, so have fun experimenting with this healthy, versatile alternative.

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