How to Make Tofu Taste Good (Part I)

We all know that tofu has MANY health-giving benefits. Did you know:
· Regular consumption of tofu can help lower cholesterol.
· Tofu is an excellent source of vegetable protein and iron.
· Tofu is also a great source of calcium and is often enriched with more calcium so it can help counteract bone loss.
· Tofu, a soy product, contains phytoestrogens which help alleviate menopausal symptoms.

The big problem that many grapple with is how to make it taste good. The flavor is bland, and the texture is mushy. What to do?? I share ALL my secrets in this video!

Fortunately, tofu will acquire of the taste of the ingredients it’s cooked with. (As you see in the video, if you first press the tofu to remove excess water, it will absorb even more flavor.) Marinate it in a pungent, garlicky hoisin marinade OR a fragrant 5-spice sauce rub. Both mixtures are really easy to prepare and once baked, grilled, or pan-fried, the tofu becomes delicious and meaty. You can then substitute it for any meat or seafood in a stir-fry or serve it plain with cooked vegetables and grains If you go to the recipe section of the website, there’s an easy meal-in-one Hoisin-Drenched Tofu with Stir-Fried Vegetables that’s excellent with a whole grain for delicious, healthy meal. It tastes great reheated too.


The Healthy Eating Plate

With the beginning of every new year comes resolutions and inevitably, vows to “eat better” or lose weight so we thought we would go to the BEST POSSIBLE source for advice: Nutrition guru, Dr. Walter Willett, Chairman of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health and author of the best-selling “Eat Drink and Be Merry” .

Walter not only gave us some great tips, he introduced the newly-released “ HSPH Healthy Eating Plate”, a VAST improvement of the USDA Plate, which according to Walter, has some SERIOUS flaws. The HSPH Eating Plate is much more explicit and defines the best foods that correspond to each portion of the plate. It also corrects “errors” of the USDA Plate (Once again, as with the USDA Pyramid, concessions were to the dairy industry and other mega, agri-business conglomerates.)

BTW, we also illustrated the HSPH Healthy Eating Plate with brand, new easy and delicious recipes from my new book, Simple Asian Meals. Walter gave his thumb’s up on the dishes so here’s wishing you a healthy, happy, and pleasurable- eating new year!

Best Recipe for Pad Thai Ever

Pad Thai is one of those recipes that I generally stay away from because EVERYONE has their own version of what it should taste like that is based on what they’ve eaten at their favorite Thai restaurant. I feel there is NO way I could ever compete with that. BUT, when I was working on my Asian Noodles book, I decided it was crazy for me to write a book on the subject and not include a recipe for Pad Thai. After all, isn’t it quintessential Asian noodle dish?

I was determined and I must have tested the recipe at least eight times- maybe more. In fact, I have never tested a recipe as much as this Pad Thai. And even after 15 years and many books later, I still think it holds up. My next book, Simple Asian Meals is just about to be published, but I am working on a revision of Asian Noodles and one recipe that will NOT change is this one for Pad Thai.

Enjoy!! I’m getting a craving for some Pad Thai right now.


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