For one, it's a very healthy food. In fact, it's listed as one of the world's healthiest food. It's low in calories, low in fat, contains no cholesterol, but packed with a variety of nutrients.
Studies show that regular tofu consumption helps lower bad cholesterol, alleviates symptoms associated with menopause, and even lowers the risk of cancer. It also helps in making the bones stronger, and delaying the signs of aging.
As an ingredient, tofu is one of the cheapest yet the most versatile. It adapts to any flavor profile and can be cooked in a variety of ways. It's a staple in Korea, and a popular component in Asian dishes.
Speaking of cooking, here's one of my favorite ways to cook tofu (aside from the usual deep-fried crunchy tofu which I swear I can eat everyday without even getting sick of, lol).
Tofu Ginger Stir-fry
1 package tofu, drained and cubed
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 bunch green onions, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder, ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil.
3. Add tofu to the pan and stir-fry until the sides turn slightly brown.
4. Add in the brown sugar mixture.
5. Simmer for at least minutes, then add the green onions. Let it simmer for another minute before turning off the heat.
6. Serve over steamed rice.
Shared with Food Friday and Food Trip Friday.