Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tofu 101

Thank You
I wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes yesterday. I do feel much better today. The medicine has finally seemed to clear up the sinus drainage and my lungs feel back to normal.

Do your lungs ever feel just totally shredded after a race? I have asthma, so I don't ever know if it's just me or everyone.

Two on Tuesday
In fact, Jason and I did an easy run at lunch, and I felt great. Although, I will admit that the humidity was through the roof. It was cold and dreary all weekend, but warmer this morning than it had been. I guess it's another weird front moving through. Anyway, after work, I decided to do just a short premix from Kick, Punch and Crunch plus the ab work (awesome stability ball work). I also stretched really well after.

Tofu 101 Tuesday
I had a request from Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga (I didn't forget) to perhaps talk about my favorite method for making or preparing tofu. I know some people believe in pressing their tofu and have fancy pressing gadgets. I don't have the space for anything like that. I actually found a method that has seemed to work quite well. In fact, it's the only method I use now. To be quite honest, until I disocvered this little secret, I rarely cooked tofu.

So - big secret...Freeze It. (please note that this is not advised for the silken variety) Yep, that's it. Freeze it for a minimum of 3 days then let thaw in fridge before cooking. It gives the tofu a completely different texture, more sponge-like (but in a good way). It makes is extremely easy to squeeze out the excess liquid eliminating the need for pressing.

After you have gently squeezed out the excess liquid, feel free to slice however you prefer and marinate in your favorite marinades. I like to bake or grill mine in "slabs" but cubed works just as good on a baking sheet. 

So, what was for dinner? I did BBQ Tofu Sandwiches with a Carrot & Cabbage Salad (slaw) that I pre-made yesterday. You can find the recipe for the slaw here. I just grilled sweet potato rounds for the side. Simple and easy.

Do you have a preferred method? Have you ever tried freezing it?