Why did no-one ever tell me how easy it is to whip up a quick dinner using tofu? You hear about all the health benefits of tufu, but why doesn't anyone mention how easy it is to cook with tofu?
Several months ago, I started consuming more soy since it is a cholesterol-free form of protein. I started easy by using soy milk in smoothies. I decided to step up my game a bit and try using tofu as a meat substitute in some of our favorite dishes.
I'll be honest and tell you that tofu was so foreign to me that I was a little afraid to cook with it. I was in for a huge surprise when I finally tried it! I was able to cut it very easily. Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever spices you use in your dish. And most importantly, when you use it to replace meat in recipes the cooking time is greatly reduced. Yeah, I want to eat healthy and feed my family healthy dishes, but as a busy mom, quick and easy are also very important factors in deciding what I prepare.
No matter how easy tofu is to cook with, I would not use a brand that was not made using Non-GMO soy. Mori-Nu is verified non-GMO and is made without preservatives. The aseptic packaging protects the contents from the harmful effects of light, air, and microorganisms without preservatives or irradiation. They also have an organic version, which I used to make my Cajun Tofu and Pasta Skillet recipe.
Cajun Tofu and Pasta Skillet
This quick and easy recipe was ready to serve in 15 minutes. I put pasta on to cook and while the noodles wer boiling, I prepared the rest of the ingredients.
I added Cajun spices to cut up Mori-Nu Silken Firm Tofu.
Then I added diced bell pepper and onion slices and cooked it until the onion slices were translucent.
Once, the pasta was done cooking, I drained it and added it, the black eyed peas, and vegetable broth to the tofu mixture. I cooked it until the black-eyed peas were heated through.
My husband and kids did express some doubt about replacing the meat with tofu in this recipe, but once they tasted it they all loved it. In fact, everyone went back for seconds!
My oldest son commented repeatedly on how smooth the texture of the Mori-Nu Silken Tofu was. He cannot have any type of dairy and he suggested that I try using Mori-Nu Tofu to replace cheese in recipes that he likes, so that he would be able to eat them once again.
- 1 - 12.3 oz. package Mori-Nu Silken Tofu Firm, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 tablespoon Cajun Spice mix
- 1 tablespoon olive oil.
- 8 oz. rotini pasta
- 1 medium bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 1 - 16 oz. bag frozen black-eyed peas, thawed
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, pour olive oil in skillet. Add tofu pieces. Sprinkle the tofu with Cajun spice mix and toss to coat. Add bell pepper and onion and cook over a medium flame until the onion is translucent. Approximately 4 -5 minutes.
- Once the pasta is done, drain.
- Add pasta, black-eyed peas, and vegetable broth to the skillet and cook until the black-eyed peas are heated through. Approximately 2 - 3 minutes.
Quick and easy dinner, family asking for seconds, and requests for more recipes with Mori-Nu Tofu, I definitely consider this experiment a huge success. If you would like to try Mori-Nu Silken Tofu, you can find delicious recipes ideas on their Facebook Page and Pinterest boards. You can also enter their sweepstakes below.
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