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9/20/11 11:29 P

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3FAITHFUL. Here is a link to a wonderful vegan french toast recipe. The key is to use chickpea flour. I know you will like it if you try it.

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9/20/11 6:49 P

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Definitely remember to press your tofu before marinating it. I do this by wrapping it in a clean dish towel and stacking a couple of hefty books on top of the wrapped tofu. I let it sit for ten minutes and then flip it and maybe change the towel. You can prepare the marinade and chop vegetables while you're letting your tofu drain. Removing the excess water improves the texture and mouthfeel of the tofu, and it also allows the tofu to better absorb the flavors of the marinade.

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10/5/10 11:13 A

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I recently began experimenting with tofu. I love tofu dishes from chinese & thai restaurants but I haven't been as successful cooking it myself.

Aside from the usual( marinate and add to a stir-fry), I've tried saute'ing a thin slab (to get it kind of crispy) and adding different seasonings and I've also baked it with limited success.

My worst attempt - I was in the mood for French toast, so for breakfast I marinated in a bit of vanilla then saute'd a thick slab (1/2") until it was crispy on each side, sprinkled it with cinnamon and then ate it with maple syrup and a different piece with powdered sugar. emoticon Not something I would recommend! But, I'm going to keep trying!

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10/2/10 11:22 P

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I cut a normal slab of tofu into slices each about 1/2 inch thick. I then put them in a zip lock bag or rubbermade container with the marinade.

Remember you have to drain the tofu and then press as much water out of it as you can before you put it in the marinade. I buy extra firm refrigerated organic tofu. The tofu that is sold in the non-refrigerated part of the grocery store is better for making blended smoothies, cheeses, or things like non cheese cake desserts.

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10/2/10 8:31 P

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I'm a vegerarian for a long time but I've never used tofu to much.

Do you cut the tofu when you marinated or bake it?

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10/1/10 6:06 P

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I would suggest going to a good Chinese or Thai restaurant and ordering a tofu and vegetable stir fry entrée made with your favorite sauce(with brown rice if they have it because it is better for you than white rice). (Make sure that the tofu is not deep fried, just stir fried.) This will allow you to try a good tofu meal to see how good it can be.

Tofu always needs to be marinated before you stir fry it. I always stir fry it in the same sauce I will eventually use on the stir fry. I just pre-make the sauce add the cut up tofu and leave it for as long as possible. I then bake the tofu in the oven and then add it to the stir fry when it is served. I like baking tofu because my tofu always falls apart when I try to stir fry it.

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10/1/10 1:56 P

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Hi stirfrys are in them selves very versatile, and you don't always need to have tofu in them. There is protein in all veggies and you don't need as much as the meat industry tells you. but experiment. Tofu takes the flavor of the foods it is used with and the spices you use

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Tofu is very versatile. That and tempeh (a fermented soybean product that is also available in other bean versions)absorb the flavors of the foods around them and marinades very well. I would suggest if you are making a stir fry to marinate the tofu in spices you already enjoy. Better the devil you know than the one you don't. Then if you are happy with the consistency and flavor you can branch out. If you're not crazy about it try not to write it off to soon, like anything else you need to experiment to get results.

Here's a great website with tons of recipes

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Hello all. I'll start off by saying, in case you didn't see my intro to the group, I am not a vegetarian. What I'd like to do is incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my lifestyle. So, with that said, I've found a Vegetarian Tofu Stir-Fry recipe and am eager to try it. However, I keep hearing such negative things about the taste of tofu and I don't want that to effect my choice before I've even had a chance to try it. On the flip side, I've heard great things about it when I come to this forum. So I just need to know - Is that an acquired taste? Is there any validity to the negativity I'm hearing? I need to hear some positive things. Thanks.

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