I admit, it took some time for me to wrap my head around tofu. One day I had an aha! moment that went something like this: For an artist, the blank canvas is not the work of art; for a writer, the blank page is not the story; and for a vegan cook, the bland tofu is not the meal.
Before starting an oil painting I always take a little time to prepare the canvas. Similarly, for the best result, I prep a brick of tofu by putting it in a colander and placing something heavy like a Gladware filled with water on top of it for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Tofu is very versatile since it takes on the flavors of other ingredients in a dish. It is low fat and loaded with protein.
Tofu used to intimidate me. However, now I see it as an opportunity to be creative and express my ever-developing culinary style while having fun creating masterpieces in the kitchen.
Top photo: block of tofu
Bottom photo: penne pasta, tomato, tofu