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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cooking With Tofu
If you arenít a vegetarian at present and havenít been one in the past, you probably also have not eaten much tofu. In fact, the only time most people hear about tofu it is in jokes aimed at vegetarians.
So why is it that vegetarians tofu all the time? Is it simply because they have no other alternative?
The answer is both yes and no.
Being a vegetarian doesnít mean you have to eat tofu. In reality, there are many vegetarians who never eat tofu or any popular meat-replacement dishes--such as "veggie burgers" or "tofurkey"--for that matter.† Vegetarians and vegans can maintain a healthy diet eating traditional meals or
ethnic dishes without tofu.
Although vegetarians do not actually need to consume tofu, doing so is often a wise dietary choice--and also the next best thing to eating similar meat products (for those who enjoyed meat dishes before they became vegetarians).
Tofu is often cited as something exclusively vegetarian because it is a versatile, highly-nutritional, and may be used to substitute meat dishes.
Not only can it be created in textures, consistencies, and flavors that simulate a range of meats--from turkey to hamburger--but it can also actually replace and far exceed the nutritional value of similar meat dishes.
Tofu is a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie food made out of steamed and compressed soy beans. Not only is it a great source of protein, but it is also heart-healthy and has been linked to a decreased
risk in cancer. As well as being served as a meat alternative, tofu is also served in a number of spicy and ethnic dishes, which were never intended to contain meat. For example, many ethnic Indian
dishes contain large amounts of tofu cooked and spiced in a variety of ways.
So here is my suggestion to you: If you arenít already a vegetarian, but want to become one, donít let tofu get in your way. You can maintain a healthy vegetarian diet without ever eating it. However, if you already are a vegetarian, but havenít tried tofu, I highly suggest you do. It is both nutritional and versatile - and it might not taste as bad as you think.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How To Make A Vegan Cake
Do you have a strict vegan in the family who has a birthday or celebration coming up that traditionally calls for cake? If youíre not familiar with vegan dietary practices, you might not know what vegans do not eat.† Even worse, you might have no idea how to replace what they do not eat.
But don't worry. In a few short paragraphs, Iíll explain exactly what you need to make the perfect cake for your vegan friend or relative and yourself. And best of all, no one will be able to taste the difference.
Letís start with what strict vegans do not eat. They do not eat eggs. They do not drink milk.
Some donít eat certain types of sugar. They donít eat butter. And they donít eat some frostings or gelatins.
Eggs can be replaced by "EnerG Egg Replacer," which you can purchase at many grocery stores. The box will explain how much replacer to use per egg.
Eggs can also be replaced by using vinegar and baking soda. For each egg in the recipe, you use one tablespoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of baking soda. Also add a quarter cup of extra liquid per egg. this liquid could be soy or rice milk, or even just water. Mix the wet ingredients together and then mix the dry ingredients together. When both are mixed up and ready, mix the dry ingredients with the wet, and then bake.
Cowís milk can be replaced by organic rice milk, or soy milk, both of which donít contain any animal byproducts. You'll be able to buy rice or soy milk at your local grocery store, too.
Many vegans do not eat sugar, either, because it is often whitened by animal bone char. You can avoid sugar that is whitened by bone char by purchasing "unbleached" sugar, sugar in the raw, or beet sugar. There are some cane sugars, too, which were not whitened using bone char, but they hard to distinguish from others, unless you know the exact name brand.
Strict vegans will not eat food made with butter, either.† If your cake recipe calls for butter, you can simply replace it with margarine or vegetable shortening. A non-hydrogenated type such as "Earth Balance" is a favorite.
In addition to butter, sugar, milk, and eggs, strict vegans also will not eat dairy frosting. If your recipe calls for frosting, you can look for a similar flavor of "non-dairy" frosting or you can make your own, replacing butter with margarine.
And there you have an ingredient replacement list for your vegan cake. Simply replace animal by-products on your recipe, and your cake will be perfectly fit for the cake connoisseur and the strictest vegetarian. You may even end up wondering why people even use animal products.
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