If you just read this title and quickly scoffed in disgust, I hope to change your mind about this soy based protein source. You pork lovers are mistaken, it’s actually TOFU that should be called “the other white meat.” Just like chicken, tofu can take on the flavour of anything you throw at it. I think part of the problem is that many people have only eaten tofu plain and bland…well who would like that? Not I! When cooked properly, tofu has a wonderful chewy and crispy texture that I just dare you not to like.
Tofu comes in a variety of textures – from soft, to semi-firm, firm, and our favourite, EXTRA firm. This type is easy to cut and dice, and can be marinated and grilled just like your favourite meaty steak or burger. In order to really let the flavour soak in, it’s best to press tofu to remove some of the excess liquid…here’s how!
Place tofu on a plate or cutting board lined with paper towel. Cover with more paper towel, set a heavy book on top and let stand for about 30 minutes.
The easiest way to cut tofu is to cut it in half, and then in quarters
Erin and I first had this salad when our co-worker brought a version for lunch and we were hooked! A great update from the usual mayo-laden macaroni salad found at many a bbq…this orzo based dish will surely wow your tofu-hating friends.
So the next time you’re choosing between chicken, steak, or fish, take a gander over to your local grocery’s refrigerated section and give tofu a try!