The health benefits of tofu as a meat substitute are numerous. Consuming tofu regularly helps lower bad cholesterol, alleviates symptoms associated with menopause and even lowers the risk of cancer. Other major health benefits of tofu compared to meat include making middle-aged bones stronger and delaying the ravages of age. Tofu has been found to be a great source of calcium and vitamin E as well. Tofu or soybean curd is produced by grinding soybeans to form a milk-like substance, which is then compressed and left to coagulate. After the mass has dried into a gelatinous solid, it is cut into palm-sized cubes. Since soybean is cheap and abundant, but rich in protein, the popularly known benefit of tofu is that of being the “poor man’s protein.”
Below is an Eggless Tofu Scramble recipe to try. 🙂
With tofu, you get a high-protein, low-fat meal packet with vital estrogen. These benefits make tofu a great choice for women, particularly those going through the change and beyond, as well as men with prostate issues. This recipe calls for celery which will lower blood pressure and tomatoes which will help defend against inflammation, cancer, and prostate issues.
Eggless Tofu Scramble
2 tablespoons water
3 stalks celery, chopped
12 button mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
11/2 pounds firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes and drained 30 minutes in a colander
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 scallions, sliced, for garnish
Heat a large skillet with a lid over medium heat. When hot, add the water, celery and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften and begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tofu and tomatoes, stir well and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, drizzle the oil evenly over the tofu, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring gently, until very hot, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat, transfer to a serving plate, and sprinkle the scallions evenly over the top. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
From “Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook, Eat to Thrive, Live Long, and Be Health,” by Dr. Mao Shing Ni