Tofu is not only an excellent versatile food it’s a very interesting one too. The soft, milk-colored tofu is also known as Asia’s cheese. It’s produced by processing cooked soybeans. The milk-like liquid obtained is thickened by a mineral coagulant (calcium sulfate) to create Tofu. Nutritionally, tofu contains great levels of protein, only few saturated fatty acids and no cholesterol. It’s naturally gluten-free and therefore suitable for individuals with celiacs disease. It’s often a natural choice for vegans however it’s important to point out that tofu doesn’t contain any vitamin B12 which is vital to include as an additional supplement when following a strict vegan diet.
Tofu is a real “quick change artist” in the kitchen – meaning, it can be prepared in many different ways and is one of the most multi-purpose proteins available. In its natural state, Tofu has very little taste of its own and so easily takes on the flavors and aromas of other ingredients with which it’s prepared. It can be used with stir-fries, soups, vegetable dishes and even as a dessert.