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I have never tried tofu, and i am thinking of trying it. whats the best way to cook it first to see if i like it?
 

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Depends what type you get. Maybe try a pre-prepared tofu like smoked, Cauldron do a nice marinated type. You can use silken tofu in smoothies and desserts, or if you press it enough (to drain out liquid) you can scramble it (my favourite way). The main thing is to give it flavour. It takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with, so just get out the herbs and spices and it'll be fine. ;D
 

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alot of people are telling me that you have to eat tofu for protien. do you really need to .. couldnt you just eat beans.
 

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I love tofu scramble!!! That is what really got me into tofu <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I LOVE tofu but I can cook it for the life of me. I only eat it at restaurants because I have screwed up every time I've tried to make it haha<br><br>
No, you do not have to eat tofu. You can go with never eating it and be ok. Lots of other foods have protein and you don't actually need a ton of it like everyone seems to think veg*ns do. Get ready to hear it a lot though.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ChristeannaC</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3069385"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I have never tried tofu, and i am thinking of trying it. whats the best way to cook it first to see if i like it?</div>
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Tofu ends up tasting like whatever seasonings you put on it. One of my favorite ways to cook it is with a vegetarian chicken broth powder, so it ends up tasting like chicken. If you like the taste of soy sauce, you can simply fry the tofu in a little oil and then put a little soy sauce on it. I don't know how anyone could mess up tofu. It's easy to cook. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Tofu is great but be forewarned it takes some trial and error to get it just the way you like it. That is to say, don't throw in the towel if it doesn't come out just right the first time. It took me a half-dozen tries before I finally cooked it to my liking.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ChristeannaC</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3069389"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
alot of people are telling me that you have to eat tofu for protien. do you really need to .. couldnt you just eat beans.</div>
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You certainly don't need tofu; yes, beans are a great source of protein and should be a staple of everyone's diet, not just vegetarians. Tofu is really just another way to eat beans -- it is made from soybeans (it is coagulated soymilk). It is so versatile, you really ought to give it a shot. Instead of eggs in the morning, I love to eat tofu scramble. Tofu is also great slathered in BBQ sauce and baked. If you freeze firm tofu, then thaw it, it gets a more meaty texture. It tastes kind of like chicken. Silken tofu is great for dips, desserts, and for replacing eggs in baking.
 

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Nope, you don't NEED to eat tofu, but I think it's a great food to include in your diet. This is a pretty easy baked tofu recipe that I found online a while ago when I was first trying out tofu, and it tastes great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Bon appetit.<br><br>
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1 pkg. 14 oz. regular firm tofu<br>
2 tablespoons soy sauce<br>
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive/soybean oil<br><br>
Directions:<br>
Remove tofu from package and cut in half, equating to two slender squares. Place two slabs of tofu between two cookies sheets, with wax paper on top and bottom of tofu. Place heavy objects onto top of top cookie sheet. Let sit for 15 minutes. Drain. Voila-pressed tofu.<br><br>
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.<br><br>
Mix together the soy sauce and olive/soybean oil in small bowl.<br><br>
When tofu has been pressed, slice each slab horizontally 5 times, and vertically 5 times. This yields 25 pieces of tofu per slab-50 total.<br><br>
Mix tofu with soy sauce/oil mixture. Mix gently with a spoon.<br><br>
Spread tofu pieces evenly onto lined cookie sheet.<br><br>
Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. Feel free to add any additional seasonings to taste if you wish.<br><br>
Serves: 2-4<br><br>
Preparation time: 40
 

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Thanks Everyone, yall are so helpful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ok this may sound dumb... can you eat things with meat flavoring and chicken broths and so on..like the rices that are chicken flavored and so on since its meat flavoring that would go against a veg diet right>?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ChristeannaC</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3069619"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Ok this may sound dumb... can you eat things with meat flavoring and chicken broths and so on..like the rices that are chicken flavored and so on since its meat flavoring that would go against a veg diet right>?</div>
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It's up to you to decide what to eat. If you're avoiding eating animals because you don't want them to die for your food, you should also avoid meat flavorings that come from animals. You will find that some people who claim to be vegetarian but are only interested in the health benefits will eat things like chicken stock. Most people here on VB would not consider them vegetarian.<br><br>
If you're talking about faux meat flavorings that are plant-based, most vegetarians do eat those and use them to flavor things like tofu.
 

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thats what i thought... but i had found some veg recipes that called for meat flavoring.so i wanted to make sure and ask<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think it's a good idea to try tofu at a restaurant for your first time. That way you know how it's supposed to taste before trying to cook it yourself. If you have a chinese restaurant near by, try something like General Gau's tofu or something simiar. My local Chinese place deep fries silken tofu and coats in it DELICIOUS marinades. I actually just ordered tofu from there a few nights ago!<br><br>
But yeah, you definitely don't need to eat tofu. If you try it and you don't like it, don't worry. I honestly didn't like it the first few times I had it, but now I eat it probably once or twice a month. It's pretty difficult NOT to get enough protein as long as you're eating relatively healthy (lots of veggies and whole grains).
 

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I don't eat tofu much at home because I haven't mastered cooking it. But I like it at restaurants. Remember if you're cooking it at home to eat (not in a sauce or something) then get the extra firm kind. That way you'll get a nice texture; otherwise it's very soft and has a weird texture.<br><br>
I guess some people like the texture of the soft tofu or they wouldn't make it, but that's just my two cents. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You can cook Tofu in almost any way. You can use some spice or marinate it. I honestly would cook it with vegetable and add a few spices so the tofu could absorb the flavour.
 

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I usually don't like tofu that I make for myself as much as when I order it in restaurants. But I have used silken tofu in desserts that have turned out great! I like it best when most of the liquid is pressed out of it. And scrambled tofu is my favorite way to eat it! If it doesn't turn out well on your first time using it, please try again! As someone else already mentioned, it sometimes takes more than one trial and error.
 

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Everyone is talking about the tofu scramble what is that lol</div>
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Basically it's like scrambled eggs but using tofu instead. Here are some recipes:<br><br><a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=5273.0" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=5273.0</a><br><a href="http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/tofu-scramble.php" target="_blank">http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/veget...u-scramble.php</a>
 

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I loved scrambled tofu. It's easy to make and hard to mess up as long as you flavor it well. There are a lot of different recipes online. I just follow one and add whatever I have on hand.
 
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