Easy tips to help you eat more healthy vegetable protein.

Easy tips to help you eat more healthy vegetable protein.

We've all heard that we should eat less animal protein, for a variety of reasons. But just substituting tofu for meat just doesn't seem like the answer. Even if we try to tell ourselves to love tofu and eat it more frequently, its bland taste and soft texture don't exactly appeal to the tofu novice.

There are a few techniques to make tofu more palatable to newbies:

  • *Tackle its bland taste by using extra-flavorful ingredients.
  • *Pump up your stir-fry with your favorite veggies, like sweet bell peppers, carrots and even fruit like pineapple and peaches.
  • *Try a classic French wine-and-mushroom pan sauce or a spicy Thai coconut-infused curry.

Tofu's texture is a bit more challenging. You can embrace its softness by mashing it to the consistency of ricotta cheese and using it in stuffed shells or lasagna. Or dredge it in flour, cornstarch, breadcrumbs or even coconut and sauté it in a little oil in a nonstick pan for a crisp exterior and tender, creamy center. If the blocky look is a turn-off, try crumbling it into uneven pieces, creating more surface area for improved texture.