As a request from my Tofu post, check out this delectable recipe on how to make delicous baked tofu!
www.AllRecipes.com
Happy cooking :) 

As a request from my Tofu post, check out this delectable recipe on how to make delicous baked tofu!

www.AllRecipes.com

Happy cooking :) 

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Tofu- Do you love it or do you hate it?

Before I became a vegetarian I never even had a thought about tofu, so when I tried my first piece it was a bit of a surprise, also known as, ick! However, after mastering a few techniques to make it actually edible, it has become another delicious variety of ‘faux-meat’ for me. 

What about you, is tofu the bane of your existence or does it play the leading role in your culinary expertise? 

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Alternatives to Buying Processed Vegetarian Foods

Anyone who is vegetarian or vegan knows how pricey your grocery bill can get after picking out a few veggie dishes to indulge in. I definitely know how tempting it can be to fill your cart with tasty chick’n or faux-beef treats. Unfortunately, processed veggie foods also come packed with sodium and preservatives- leaving these delicious treats to be eaten in moderation. 

However, this certainly doesn’t mean your meals are going to be bland or boring. With a few simple ingredients you can make your own veggie treats without all of the unnecessary preservatives! 

Veggie Burgers 

A basic veggie burger recipe includes a few simple ingredients: Brown beans,vegetables of your choice (finely chopped), a few of your favorite herbs and spices, and a little bit of oatmeal to hold it all together!  (For the non-vegans, I sometimes throw in an egg so it holds together better!) 

*All I do to make this is crush the beans in a large bowl, throw in the finely chopped veggies, mix in the herbs and spices, and add in the amount of oatmeal you think it needs to hold it together! These cook best when they are frozen in individual patties first, and then cooked however you like.* 

-The best part about this recipe is you can make several different things with it! Crumble it for tacos, add tomato sauce for spaghetti and ‘meat-sauce’, throw it together in a taco salad- the possibilities are pretty much endless, just let your imagination do all of the work! 

Veggie ‘Steak’

Sometimes the vegetables and potatoes on my plate just don’t measure up to what I’m wanting. However, a slice of extra-firm tofu, some tasty marinading sauce, a fewsauteed onions and mushrooms, and a BBQ will do the trick! 

-To make this, first I drain all of the water from my tofu piece for about 15 minutes (by sitting it on a towel, setting a pan on it, and then setting something heavy on it) and then I set in a bowl of my favorite marinading sauce, making sure each side gets about 10-15 minutes. Then I simply BBQ it until its nice and crispy, put on the sauteed onions and mushrooms and wa-la!

Just like most foods, veggie products are made for convenience, which definitely comes in handy on the days you just don’t feel like cooking an intricate meal. But like all processed foods, be sure to only eat them in moderation, and instead opt out for a simple home-made version! ;) 

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