Photo Food Journal & EZ Tofu Press Giveaway

February 27, 2013

Good morning and happy Wednesday to you!

Photo Food Journal:

Yesterday was Day #2 of our Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge and I started with my typical green smoothie. I didn’t have to make many adjustments to make sure it met my Challenge goals, but I did leave out the lucuma powder that I’ve been using in recent months because it is known to be a sweetener. Oh yes, and I left out the cacao powder, too, and used some carob instead. Here was my serving:

My green smoothie serving.

I also had two mug-fuls of Dandy Blend with unsweetened soy milk:

Morning Dandy Blend with soy milk.

Lunch was a green salad with chickpeas, broccoli, avocado, green onion, red onion, pistachios and some dressing made by blending walnuts, parsley, frozen berries, unsweetened soy milk, lime juice and vinegar (a version of this one without the dates):

Lunch salad with all kinds of goodies.

Dessert was a green apple and about two tablespoons of unsalted, natural peanut butter:

Dessert plate with apple and peanut butter.

I definitely wanted something sweet after lunch, but I had a conference call to get to which distracted me long enough that the craving went away after an hour or so. I wasn’t even terribly hungry for dinner, but some leftover steamed tofu, kale and mushrooms, topped with some almond butter and reduced-sodium tamari tasted fantastic:

Steamed veggies topped with almond butter and tamari.

I went to town with the fresh blueberries for dessert, and later realized I could have done without eating them because I wasn’t that hungry. It was nice that they weren’t very sweet so they didn’t stimulate any kind of sugar craving, but they were refreshing and I enjoyed the texture:

Fresh blueberries for dessert.

EZ Tofu Press Giveaway:

Speaking of tofu, I am pleased to announce another giveaway today that supports healthy, vegan cooking. I got an e-mail a few weeks ago from Ben, the creator of the EZ Tofu Press, who asked me if I wanted to try his product. Being the hoarder aficionado of kitchen gadgets that I am, I said yes.

The press arrived pre-assembled which I greatly appreciated because I tend to get overwhelmed by mechanical things pretty easily:

EZ Tofu Press

Using the press is so simple, you just place your tofu between the plates and, as they say, “put the screws on it”:

EZ Tofu Press in action.

As noted in the instructions, I place the press on its side to allow the water to drain out easier:

EZ Tofu Press action shot #2

15 minutes later, I had perfectly pressed tofu that was ready to be chopped and go right into my dinner:

Tofu pressed and chopped.

Doesn’t get much easier than that! Cleaning the press was simple, too, I gave it a rinse with some soapy water and dried it with a towel. I give this press a big thumbs up. The features include:

  • EZ Tofu Press can press virtually all sizes of firm and extra firm tofu.
  • Pressing can be achieved in 15 minutes or less. Prep food and marinade while turning the knobs every 2 minutes over a 10-15 minute time frame
  • Presses substantially faster than spring based tofu presses.
  • Easy to clean- small, compact, dishwasher safe, and fewer parts to break.
  • Saves on paper or cloth towels!
  • EZ Tofu Press comes in a retail box, with instructions and handy measuring tool.

Ben has kindly offer to send one reader a free EZ Tofu Press. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post with your favorite way to eat tofu. I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday, March 4th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed.]

Healthy Vegan Challenge Update:

Today is Day #3 of our Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge. There are lots of ways to connect with this Challenge to make sure you are getting the support you need. I created a group on Facebook, a board on Pinterest and a hashtag on Twitter, #COVHVC (short for Carrie on Vegan, Healthy Vegan Challenge). There is no better time to set some goals and join the movement toward healthy, vegan living. Join us!!!

Vegan Delish:

Lastly, I am pleased to announce that Vegan Delish, the healthy cooking app, has hit the worldwide market as of yesterday. Woo-hoo! The app is now up to 77 recipes that are all made using whole food ingredients. Each recipe now has a metric conversion and new recipes continue to be added monthly. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about Vegan Delish, there is more on the way. :)

Conclusion:

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back here on Friday.

{ 133 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly February 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

I love tofu in the form of cashew ricotta cheese like the recipe in Veganomicon. It’s great to have a fake cheese with no nutritional yeast.

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Candyce February 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is either in a bok choy/tofu stir fry, or in an eggplant/mixed vegetable thai curry. Thank you for another amazing giveaway!

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Kim Y February 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

I have to first say that I’ve lusted after this press for some time …

My favorite way to eat tofu would be marinated and then stir fried with veggies ~

Thanks for a great blog and a great give away!

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Heathrr February 27, 2013 at 8:45 am

I like to just cube it up and saute with veggies and garlic – an easy go to dinner : ) Nothing fancy

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Stacy February 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

I love it in stir-fry! I am trying to think of new ways to eat it, so the tofu press would be super helpful for me with my new recipes!!

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Beth February 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is similar to your kale and tofu dinner in this post!! I love baking it and using a peanut sauce with lots of veggies! yum!

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heidi February 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

i love tofu in a sandwich! with roasted red peppers, pesto, and balsamic. YUM

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Beth February 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

Hmmm favorite way to eat tofu?? That is so hard because I love it SO many ways… My favorite I would have to say is sauteed until semi crisp on the outside and throw a little BBQ and hot sauce in and make BBQ tofu tacos… YUM!!

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Debbie (Accidently Delish) February 27, 2013 at 9:02 am

This would be amazing because i LOVE tofu, but I am actually horrible at pressing it, I feel like every time I do I smoosh the tofu way too much. Granted it doesn’t affect the taste, but it does affect the presentation, which matters in the blog world right??

My favorite way to eat tofu is to bake it!! I love it crunchy! I also love making a sweet tofu chocolate pudding. So it can be dinner and dessert!

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Julia February 27, 2013 at 9:03 am

I absolutely LOVE PETA’s crock pot lasagna, which uses tofu to get the ricotta-style consistency!

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Michelle February 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

I think I waste a lot of paper towels squeezing the water out of tofu. This would be an environmentally correct improvement!

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Chasity Grome February 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is pan seared with roasted eggplant, brown rice, and a naturally sweetened Thai chili sauce! YUM!

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Sarah February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is with cocoa and avocado as a chocolatey pudding delight!

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Susan G February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

Sauteed with a sauce of barbecue sauce mixed with chili garlic sauce!

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Ceil Hook February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

Love the challenge…love tofu. I’ve always wanted a tofu press; I use heavy books but a press would be easier :)

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Joseph February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

I love to sear tofu in a light spray of olive oil, then sauté some veggies and make a nut-butter and curry sauce to mix it all into. It’s fabulous with kale, cauliflower, carrots, and just about anything!

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Cathy February 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is a tofu scramble.

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Renard Moreau February 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

[ Smiles ] Carrie, it looks as though you had yourself some fun the vegan way.

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jennifer February 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

This is a great way to get me to stop lurking and leave a comment! I have been coveting a tofu press for almost a year now. I love tofu, in stir fry, in salads, baked BBQ’d, pudding, I will eat plain raw cubed! Pick me! Pick me!

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Ellen M February 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is to cut into cubes, add olive oil and salt and pepper and roast it in a hot oven.

Right now, to get out the moisture I put my tofu in a strainer over a bowl and cover it with a paper towel and put a big can of crushed tomatoes on top.

I’d love to win the press. Would make things so much easier.Thanks for the chance.

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Alison February 27, 2013 at 9:50 am

I’m pretty boring, I just cube it and put it in stir fry

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Tara Chavez February 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

I usually use a homemade press of several heavy pans over a cheesecloth, but this EZ press sounds like a winner. Also, if I have leftover tofu, I find that if I freeze it and then use it later, it has a really hearty chewy texture.

lately we have been using tofu in Banh Mi Sandwiches.

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Kara February 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

Thank you for posting pictures of what you eat. They give me such good ideas of what to cook. Keeping me on the healthy track!!! I live in Canada, so can’t win the press, but thats okay! Plates and towels work too!!

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Leah February 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

This is so cool! My favorite way to eat tofu is to saute it with veggies and some delicious spices. I also love to put it in lasagna with vegan cream cheese to make a ricotta-like “cheese”.

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maree benner February 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

Loving this tofu press! It would really fit into my new way of cooking and thinking a bout food!

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Susan V February 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

I love to dry-fry a couple of pounds of tofu on my electric skillet at the beginning of the week. That way I have it all ready to go to add to stir fries, curries or salads. My daughter is always excited when she finds tofu all made up in the refrigerator because it a quick lunch for her to pack with some brown rice or a yam.

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Tracy February 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

So many wonderful ways to prepare and eat tofu, but one of my very favorites is baked in a soy maple marinade. Yum!

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maree benner February 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

Oops, hit enter too soon….
My favorite way of eating tofu is in stir fry, we love our veggies so it I’d a family favorite.

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Emily February 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

Ah I’m so excited for this giveaway! I’ve been wanting a tofu press so bad!! I use wayyyy too many paper towels to press my tofu now! I love tofu stir fry, sweet tofu with cinnamon and stevia, and tofu with peanut sauce!

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Jennifer February 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

I had this big long write-up for a comment and Poof! Gone! Soooo…this time around it won’t be as good, but, here is the jist…so sorry!

I have seen these tofu presses on various sites and I would LOVE one because I really think the reason most of my tofu attempts don’t turn out quite right is because I don’t press all of the liquid out good enough! Regardless, thus far, my favorite wasn’t to do tofu is in various tofu scrambles, altho, I would LOVE to win this so I could pursue blocks/steaks/sandwiches pressed the correct way!

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Stacy L. February 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

Oh this is very exciting!! I have been wanting a tofu press for as long as I can remember, but have been avoiding purchasing one since I wasn’t certain if the benefit really outweighed the cost. They always appeared so complicated and yet this brand appears so simple! I actually haven’t eaten tofu in a long time because I was very much over pressing tofu between clean dish towels with a stack of cookbooks on top! ;)

My favorite tofu recipe is pressed tofu, marinated with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and random spices, and baked until crispy. Oh my mouth is watering now! I hope I win! ;)

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Cindy February 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

I would love a tofu press so I can take it off my amazon wish list ;)
I love tofu best when it’s pan or oven roasted until crispy and then dunked in homemade BBQ sauce!

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Kymm February 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

Mmmm…my favorite way to enjoy tofu? Just one? I would say tacos, or in a wrap, or baked, no, maybe stir fried, or on a sandwich, or possibly steamed. Seems I can’t pick just one. See? I would put that press to good use :-)

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bethany February 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

I absolutely love to bake cubed tofu and then swirl then in a bowl of vegan margarine and Franks hot sauce! Such a great snack or perfect for a wrap!

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Nanette February 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

My favorite tofu recipe is from Dr. Fuhrman’s ETL Member center: Thai Vegetable Curry. It’s great with nearly any vegetable and even non-ETLers love it!

https://www.drfuhrman.com/members/VwRecipe2.aspx?id=372

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Karen February 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

Carrie,
Love to see what you are eating for the challenge. I am wondering how much nuts and seeds you consume in a day? It looks like you use them in a lot of different meals each day. I am trying to stick to 1 oz of nuts daily plus 1 t of flax or hemp seeds and find it difficult to have a soup with nuts and then salad dressing with nuts too! Gotta have nuts for salad dressing but also love them in soup like Dr. F’s anti-cancer soup but if I have them in both I will be over 1 oz! Also, do you have any of the dredded gas problems that so often comes with bean consumption? Any insights in overcoming this problem?
Thanks so much!
Karen

I like to cube up tofu with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pea pods, cauliflower or broccoli, spinach and saute until veggies are tender. So yummy!

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Lori B February 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

I love tofu in a stirfry and my kids love tofu made as “nuggets”. We eat the nuggets with homemade fries! Mmmmm!!

Does anyone use a tofu press? I’ve been thinking about purchasing one.

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mary February 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

My favoritte way to eattofu is in a tofu scramble.

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family February 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

Oh tofu how I love thee :)

I love the have it in Asian marinades and then put with quinoa and veggies in a stir fry.

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Kathie February 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

I have been researching various tofu presses online. This style seems to be the best rated. I would love to have one! I love to change up the marinades I use for tofu and then bake it. I’ve never had much luck stir-frying… not sure why!

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Julianne February 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

Actually, I am a “straght-out-of-the-package” tofu eater! I love the firm or extra firm, just cubed and eaten or tossed in a salad. Second favorite way would probably be baked with a Thai peanut sauce.

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Jill K. February 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is in a yummy stir-fry.

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Constance February 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

Tofu scramble which is much better if pressed first. So I really hope I win. :-)

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Barbara February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

I love using tofu as a cheese substitute like ricotta but my new favorite way came after last weekend. My family decided to purchase take out ribs from a new barbecue place and bring them home. Aaaaghh! So, I made some BBQ sauce, marinated the tofu and baked the slices. Tofu served “baby-back” style with baked sweet potato fries is my favorite.

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Melissa February 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is baked! I prefer baking tofu over steaming it so that I can avoid adding any oil. Some of my favorite baked tofu recipes include Thai black pepper tofu, curried tofu, BBQ tofu, lemon basil tofu… the list really goes on.

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Melissa February 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

Oops, meant to say that I prefer baking it over sauteeing it! Steaming obviously doesn’t involve any oil, and I love steaming tofu too. Silly typo there.

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Rachel February 27, 2013 at 11:09 am

I don’t think there’s a way to make tofu that ISN’T my favorite! Okay, lately my favorite has been to marinate it then cook it in a cast iron skillet, pressing it down with a spatula until it’s browned on one side, then flipping and doing the same on the other side. The texture turns out amazing!

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amanda February 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

I use grilled tofu in my Chipotle Citrus Tacos. I top it with mango guacamole and Lime Cilantro Quinoa :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

I have a tofu press and I LOVE it!! I now laugh at the methods that I used to use to “press” tofu! ;)

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Michelle February 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

I waste so many paper towels drying my tofu! It would be environmentlaly much better to use a press.

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Justine February 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

Chocolate pudding! That’s the way I like tofu the best :)

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Linda February 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

Since I love tofu in stir-frys, this press would make my life easier. Yes, you need some liquid in a stir-fry, but it should come from the marinade, NOT the tofu! :)

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Karen Faivre February 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I adore tofu in a simple scramble with mushrooms, power greens and spices. So delish! But you really must press the tofu well.

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The Peace Patch February 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Pistachio Crusted Tofu…superdelicious!

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Nicole February 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Our family favorite is to bake cubes of marinated tofu with black sesame seeds and then add to our stir fry mix. We love it!

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Diane February 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I’m fairly new to tofu and most frequently use it in salad dressings, but a number of Dr. Fuhrman’s recipies call for it too, and the “Vegetable Lasagna” dish is yummiest to me. Pre-”Eat To Live”, I had no what tofu was — now I’m a regular tofu-er! :)

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Sue February 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is to cut it into slices, fry it up in sesame oil then add it to a veggie stir fry. Doesn’t matter what kind of vegetables, just lots of them.

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Corinne February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I have 2 favorite ways: 1. Tofu feta (from Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run book) and
2. As a sweet dessert pureed with peanut butter, dates, cocoa powder and coconut butter.

Corinne

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Yesennia Reyes February 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I would love this press! My favorite way of eating tofu with with mixed veggies, brown rice and a little Bragg’s liquid amino. Yummm-o!

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Diane February 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I have my tofu with lots of veggies. I’m new to tofu so this press would come in handy. Thank you Ben & Carrie.

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Gratefullyhappy February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I love baked tofu.

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Shari February 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I totally love the flavor of tofu. I swear I can eat it, after being pressed, just plain and cold! But by far, my favorite way is pressed and smothered in an Asian-inspired slightly sweet brown garlic sauce, with loads of eggplant and spinach, all atop shirataki noodles or brown basmati rice.

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Prathiba February 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I have been lusting after this press for quite some time. I think it is such a neat gadget! I love baked tofu with a good marinade and tofu ricotta for lasagna. MMMM.

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Eileen February 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hi Carrie,

Well, I’m fairly new to eating tofu on a regular basis, but I’d have to say that my favorite way to eat tofu, so far, is in a stir fry. However, I’ve been making a tofu bake with mushrooms since starting on ETL and love it too. I am going to venture into using it salad dressings soon!

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Ron February 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

About once a month or so, I’ll crumble a block of tofu in a pan, heat it up a bit, then add taco seasoning. It’s great for those nights when I’m short on time/$.

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Bev February 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I love it “jerk”. also, have been longing for a tofu press for awhile!!

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Linda February 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Cringe…OK, I admit, I’ve never bought tofu, precisely because it seems like such a hassle/mess to press it. All you commenters make me think I may really be shortchanging my family’s menus by my phobia. Carrie, you may just have inspired me to go buy a block and take the risk, even without a press to drain it nicely. But if I win the press, the first meal will be dedicated to you & Ben!

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) February 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I looked for your app the other day and was gutted that it was not available in the UK and Ireland, so I am really pleased to read this, and will be getting it asap! All your food looks lovely, loving the challenge so far!

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Laura (LunaChickRuns) February 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I love marinated grilled tofu!!

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Jill February 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is to grill it and put it over a salad!

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Jessica February 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I love tofu most ways but there is nothing better than a basic tofu scramble. Easy to make, versatle and great for leftovers. :)

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Jeanne February 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I stopped buying tofu because it was always so messy to press. If this gadget works and cuts down on my time in the kitchen, please send it. :-)

Thanks,
Jeanne

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Nicole P. February 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

The way I usually end up using tofu is in a scramble (tofu, veggies, and turmeric, with a tahini-nutritional yeast sauce). But my faaaavorite way to eat it is in a pudding (silken tofu, dates, and cocoa powder). Yum!

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Susan February 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is as a creamy dessert sauce made with honey and a little lemon juice and vanilla. Perfect over warm gingerbread!

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Katie February 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I like my tofu marinated and stir-fried, which seems to be a popular choice in the comments, but I am experimenting with it more and more.

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Cassy February 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is as a curry stir-fry. I have always wondered if such a thing as a tofu press exists!

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Monica February 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

this looks so great! i love tofu all sorts of ways- it’s so versatile! but lately i’ve been really diggin’ it marinated in some sort of buffalo sauce and oven baked- YUM!

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Cassie February 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I have been reading a lot about tofu presses and wondering if that is what I’m missing in making that wonderful marinated baked tofu they sell at my local food co-op. I would eat so much more tofu if mine tasted anything like theirs! I usually just stir fry or oven roast marinated tofu. Thanks for all your inspiring recipes.

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jill February 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Believe it or not, my favorite way to eat tofu is grilled with a little olive oil or coconut oil, some salt or tamari on ciabatta.

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Christy B February 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Meal time at our house has to be quick and efficient with three little ones. The tofu press would surely help speed up the cooking process. One of our favorite ways to prepare tofu is by baking it in the oven. Then we simply add it to our meal with some sauce drizzled over it.

Thank you

Have a great day, Carrie!

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Carrie C. in VA February 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

My fave way to eat tofu is pressed, then thin sliced, marinated and broiled until the perfect texture for snacking.

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Erica Wollman February 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

in a stir-fry!

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wina February 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

my favorite way to eat tofu is just scrambled in the mornings with peppers , onions , nutriental yeast ,onion powder .yum yum !!!!

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Christine February 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Awhile back I tried a recipe that pressed, marinated, and then baked the tofu. It was the first time I enjoyed tofu without blending it or crumbling it into such tiny pieces that it was unrecognizable. My kids even gobbled it up and wanted more! If I could just find that recipe again….

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Allyson Reddy February 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is either stir-fried with a curry sauce from my favorite Thai restaurant, or in a delish bowl of Vietnamese vegetarian pho!

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Lolly February 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

What a great offer! I will be keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

My absolute favorite way to eat tofu is in stir-fry! I LOVE tofu!

~Lolly

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Victoria Z February 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

This is so nifty! I love tofu so much I eat it straight out of the package! :)

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Alix February 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I am new to making tofu myself. Draining has been a challenge so the best I have made is tofu nuggets

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Emily February 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I love tofu in stir fry dishes with peanut sauce and/or veggies!

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David Rafeedie February 28, 2013 at 3:11 am

Love the peanut butter roasted tofu. Also love to cube it and saute lightly then add to veggie stir fry. Would love the press. That’s ingenious.

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Kate February 28, 2013 at 3:51 am

I too love it in stir-fries or as a base for soups instead of cream.

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Jessica February 28, 2013 at 3:56 am

oh how I wish I could participate in your giveways! :( I am doing the healthy vegan challenge as well! No oil, salt, or sweeteners for 8 weeks! Canada is only a hop, skip and a jump from the US…please consider opening up your giveaways to Canadians as well! (I live in the same city as VeggieNook girl)

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Carrie March 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

I will definitely be more proactive about asking the companies I partner with for the giveaways about opening them up to Canadians. Unfortunately, most companies specify U.S. only because of the shipping cost, but I will definitely ask! :)

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Heather February 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

I think pressed, marinated and then baked is my favorite way to eat tofu. I usually use heavy cans, but this gadget looks much easier!

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Cheryl Miklaszewski February 28, 2013 at 6:04 am

> Hey Carrie, Great post, as usual! Cutting out all your sweeteners, all be it natural, really does put your mouth in touch with truly wonderful natural flavor of all your foods. Congrats on staying true to your goal.
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> A very timely post as I just bought my first block of extra firm tofu today at Trader Joe’s. I should correct myself as this was really my second block, but the first one I bought I kept to long and it went past the freshness date so I had to get rid of it. I am bound and determined to cook this one. I have eaten it from Whole Foods marinated and baked and really liked it. Someone also told me to scramble it with peppers, onion and mushrooms for breakfast. I didn’t realize you had to press it first so I was really glad to read your post. What’s YOUR favorite way to eat tofu?
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> Congrats on Vegan Delish!
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> Take good care,
> Cheryl

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Danielle Legg February 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

My most favorite way to eat my tofu is tofu scramble using the Vegg. It’s an easy quick breakfast and I just love it! I do love fried tofu (without oil) but my tofu is always a little too wet, and it crumbles. This blog post reminded me how much I want a tofu press! (I’ve wanted one since November)

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Andy February 28, 2013 at 7:01 am

Tofu — the love, and bane, of my vegan existence. After my charming friends get tired of ribbing me about “rabbit food,” they move on to all the ways I must eat tofu. I admit, I don’t prepare tofu as often as I should. I love it; it’s delicious. And it really doesn’t take all that long to whip up something fantastic containing it…I just don’t. I like the idea of this press. I hate the soggy mass of towels left after draining tofu (I refuse to use paper towels that are just going to end up in the landfill). Maybe if I’m lucky enough to win the drawing, I’ll be more motivated to cook with tofu!

As for my favorite method of preparation: a touch of olive oil, dash of balsamic vinegar and some freshly cracked pepper. Pop in the oven, bake until almost crisp and then add to a bowl of salad.

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Adrienne February 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

I have a pasta dish with bok choy (lots!), carrots and baked tofu that’s my favorite because my children love it! The two year old chants “noodles and tofu!” as soon as she realizes it’s for dinner.

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Candice February 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

I love tofu in so many different meals! Scrambled with nutritional yeast and fresh bell peppers or blended into a blueberry smoothie are two of my favorites. My very favorite way to eat tofu, though, is in a big veggie stir fry with a light, fresh chili sauce! :-)

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Des February 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

I love tofu in a stir-fry or scramble, but I want to branch out and try something new!

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VeggieSue February 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

Scrambled Tofu is a favorite in this house. I get to sneak in some G-Bombs into my husband with the inclusion of kale or spinach (G), beans (the tofu, B), onions (O) and mushrooms (M). Sesame seeds on the roll or the sunflower and pumpkin seeds in whole grain bread make up the last S. Serve with a little bowl of mixed berries and ya got the whole G-Bombs for breakfast.

I do like that press. I bought one of the spring-type ones a few weeks after it was introduced and it’s like tempting fate each time I use it now, wondering if this is the time those plastic tabs on the side are finally going to break. The screw type looks a whole lot sturdier – and effective!

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Rachel February 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’ve been wanting one of these for so long but haven’t been able to spend the money on it. I love to make tofu quiche for my family (: I blend extra firm tofu with soy milk, nutritional yeast, spices, gluten free flour and then water saute onion, garlic, greens, and other veggies like mushrooms and bake it in a crust. Soo yummy and satisfying!

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Katie February 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

Just found a new pepper-crusted tofu recipe… it’s my new fave!

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Michelle February 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

I just discovered your blog looking for an easy applesauce recipe…lol
I have longed for this press… I love baked tofu after marinating in something..

I live in Southern California too…

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Julee February 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I love fixing tofu in a quick stir fry or in miso soup.

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Jonna Green February 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is baked with a spicy peanut sauce! Then either eat it on top of a salad or with butternut squash or sweet potato or on a tortilla with nut butter.
Thanks!
Jonna

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Erica C February 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Fave way to eat tofu- tofu and lentil curry. It’s tasty and easy since it’s a crockpot meal!

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Sarah (appifanie) February 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

My most favorite way is to make the curried tofu from Veganomicon and then I put it on a gluten free tortilla (I used to use the ezekiel ones and I LOVE those) with shredded carrots and lettuce and avocado and vegenaise and sriracha.

My other fav is scramble.

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Cassandra February 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Congrats on your app success! I meant to tell you that I was so happy I had your app recently. I was at the emergency vet and needed something to distract me. (Everything turned out to be OK later, but I was a worried stress case during!) I flipped through lots of my COV favorites and felt immensely better. Another bonus of the whole-foods vegan life! Pretty food to soothe my nerves. :-) Thanks for all your hard work!

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Barbara February 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu:

Fried tofu!

1) Drain the water out of thick tofu slices by placing them between clean kitchen towels and adding weight to the top.

2) Take the slices and cut into square chunks.

3) Toss the chunks in a couple of tablespoons of each: flour, cornstarch and nutritional yeast.

4) Brown the cubes in enough hot safflower (or grapeseed) oil to cover the cubes, until desired crispness.

5) Drain the cubes on a paper towel. Sprinkle with a little garlic salt and Tony Chachere’s spicy seasoning.

6) Add cubes to your favorite stir-fry, salads or wraps!

This method produces chewy and tasty nuggets of tofu!

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Robyn :) February 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I like to have tofu in stirfries. I would love to have a tofu press.

Will your App be making it’s way to the Android anytime soon????

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Ashlynn Adachi February 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I have MANY favourite ways to eat tofu – all depends on what flavour I’m feeling! For savoury, I LOVE tofu in a vegan cassoulet! YUM… If i’m craving sweet, tofu works great as a creamy base in a smoothie! Tofu is so versatile. I’m sure the tofu press would increase my tofu consumption! :)

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Nat @ The Apple Diaries February 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Love the photo food journal Carrie :) You should also try green apple with almond butter. Can’t wait to get the Vegan Delish app!

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Loraine February 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Wonderful looking! My favorite way to eat tofu is in a burger.

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Debbie March 1, 2013 at 5:31 am

I’m new to tofu and the only way I’ve used it so far is in a dressing/dip. After reading some of the other posts though, I can’t wait to try some of their suggestions.

Thanks so much for offering this great give away.

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Dainey March 1, 2013 at 6:06 am

My favorite way to eat tofu is as a baked nugget with my kids, its the one night a week where I don’t get those looks from my kids. You know the look, why would mommy give us something GREEN for dinner, uhg. Love your blog!

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SweatyGirl March 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hello! I am new to your blog (found it via Peas&Crayons) I can’t wait to finish exploring here!

My favorite way to eat tofu is in lettuce wraps! Yum!

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Kim March 2, 2013 at 4:42 am

I usually press tofu between two plates, with heavy stuff on top. A tofu press sounds much more efficient! I like tofu baked until crunchy, or soft and stir-fried.

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Cherryl H March 2, 2013 at 4:57 am

I love tofu any way, any shape, any how. But my favorite is Asian Baked. I’ll even share the recipe. You can forget the sesame oil, if you’re oil free, but a bit of indulgence goes a long way in this recipe. Use less and still get the same great taste.
Ingredients
• 16 oz extra firm tofu, cut into thin 1” slabs
• 2 tbsp sesame oil
• 2 tbsp Braggs Aminos
• 1 tbsp organic white rice vinegar
• 3 tsp pure maple syrup
• 1 tsp sriracha sauce
• pinch of garlic powder
• pinch of onion powder
• pinch of sea salt
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a shallow dish, whisk together all ingredients (minus the tofu).
3. Drench each piece of tofu in the sauce ingredients then lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each piece of tofu midway through.
OR Drain and press tofu in colander with plate on top for 30 minutes. (Mix sauce ingredients pour into dish to fit and marinate tofu overnight in refrigerator. Bake next day.

Yield: 4 servings

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Andrea March 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

In a restaurant cooked by someone else. ;)

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Deirdre March 2, 2013 at 6:53 am

Tofu scramble! Or baked in a vegan tofu quiche/frittata type dish.

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linda @spiceboxtravels March 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

This press would be a great replacement for my usual crude method of sandwiching tofu between two cutting boards and putting a heavy pot on top! I press tofu mainly when I’m frying it into cubes to serve with a soy or chile dipping sauce. Otherwise, I like soft tofu stir fried with chile-bean sauce and scallions (mapo tofu without meat).

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Alison March 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

I love tofu baked, in a scramble, or in a stir-”fry.” I would love to win this!

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Chris March 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

I love to eat plain tofu mixed in with veggies and grains in a big salad.

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Courtney March 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Oh wow–I would love to win the tofu press! I love tofu any and all ways, but I guess my current favorite is just simply marinated and cubed on top of salads :-)

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Karen March 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I love tofu scrambles with peppers, spinach and mushrooms!

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Sharon C March 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I am just beginning the transition to becoming a vegan. I’ve always been a light meat, heavy veg eater, and it finally dawned on me that I should just,”go all the way”. So, I am just learning how to cook vegan at home. It has been mostly salads so far, but now it’s time to add tofu and tempeh. I know a tofu press will be an essential for me as I am definitely a gadget person. I am so glad I found your blog and look forward to reading it daily. Many, many thanks for the vegan help!

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Pamela March 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Here’s one of my favorite ways to use tofu. Cut the pressed, firm tofu into cubes, and toss with a mixture of Bragg’s liquid aminos and Thai red curry paste. Heat and stir the coated cubes in a pan with a small amount of oil until the tofu sides are slightly crisped. Float the cooked tofu in bowls of creamy butternut squash soup made with veggie broth, light coconut milk, red curry paste, lime juice and lime zest. Stir in raw tender greens, such as baby spinach or chopped young kale, just before serving.

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Cecilia March 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I love the broccoli tofu with spicy peanut sauce recipe in the Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook.

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Janey March 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I love tofu and grew up eating it as a kid. I love tofu in all forms, but I think my favorite is in tofu/kimchi soup. Not the healthiest due to the sodium, but very tasty!

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Jennifer B March 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

We like tofu 2 ways: the healthy one-pressed, cut into sticks with panko/spicy breading and baked until crispy; the not so healthy (but yummy) pureed in food processor with cocoa, maple syrup choc syrup and frozen into pudding pops! Have to puree th eheck out of it to get the beany taste out for the pops!

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Jennifer Arent March 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

My favorite way to have firm tofu is pan-fried then topped with sauteed onion and tomato. I serve it on a bed of polenta…yum :)

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Seraphina March 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

My favorite way to eat tofu is to slice extra firm tofu thin (1/4″), give it a squirt or two of Bragg’s liquid aminos, and bake it until golden and a little crispy on the edges. I love it by itself or crumbled in salads and wraps! SO YUMMY that my mom, the deep fried meat lover, gave it two thumbs up!

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