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My husband has gone on a protein based diet and is trying to eat healthier. We have never tried tofu, so I thought this was the perfect time. House Foods sent us packages of organic tofu and shirataki to try.
I did not realize tofu comes in different textures and is cubed, so this was a learning experience for me! The House Foods website has a recipe area which I used to get some ideas of what to make. There is a ‘Kids Friendly’ option which is great, as my kids tend to be picky eaters.
The first recipe I picked to make was quesadillas for lunch. This recipe uses the firm or extra firm tofu. It was very easy to cut up into cubed slices and maintained its shape. We put the tofu along with cheese and peppers on the tortillas. The tofu itself is a bland flavor, so you just taste the flavor of the cheese and peppers. My kids usually are observant of what they are eating so I thought for sure they would question the tofu inside and decide it was something they would not like before trying. I served it and was really surprised they ate them right up without a word.
We used the soft tofu for smoothies. My kids drank them right up with no complaints.
For dinner we tried the smart noodle Spaghetti Shirataki which is a noodle substitute. This is also a great substitute for my husband’s diet as he can’t eat pasta. We made chicken pasta with creamy marinara which is the recipe on the back of the package. One nice thing with these noodles is that they are very easy to prepare. You just drain, rinse, microwave for a minute, and pat dry. They have a squishy texture and are comparable to the texture of whole wheat pasta.
Overall, I was surprised to learn about all the health benefits of tofu. Not only is it high in protein, but it is cholesterol free and contains a good percentage of calcium and iron. I also did not realize how inexpensive it is! It is quite easy to prepare and worth a try if you have never tried it.
Disclaimer: We were sent the House Foods products in exchange for our review. All thoughts are entirely our own.