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And the winner of the giveaway is #13 Anna Rabhan! Please check out her article at her website the Organic Adventurer on Palm Oil and Orangutans.
The long ago day when I overheard people talking about the book the China Study was the day that changed my life. I had already been leaning towards a plant based diet, but the facts about the proteins in animals and dairy scared me enough to finally make that change. The authors studied the instances of cancer, diabetes and heart disease in populations of rural China that ate little to no animal foods. They then took these findings back and performed laboratory studies where they found they could turn on and turn off cancer cells with the addition of the protein found in milk.
Even if it isn’t true the more I ask questions and facts I learn about the treatment of animals, especially dairy cows in most of the commercial farming industry, the happier I am that I found this book and the more I celebrate plant proteins like tofu, tempeh and legumes! Do you ever wonder…..What happens when it is time to retire that dairy cow? What happens to the male goats? What about male chicks in the egg industry? How do we harvest down and foie gras?
Ultimately each person is free to make their own decisions absolutely free of judgement. I encourage all of us to simply make informed decisions. Just like in all areas of life, it is so important to edcuate ourselves on the facts as best we can and then select what is right for us.
For those of you that are thinking about adding more plant based foods into your diet but don’t know what to do with tofu, the first thing you need to know is that you have to press the water out of it to get a firm texture that is reminiscent of animal protein. You can do this by putting a bunch of paper towels under the tofu and placing two plates, one on top and one on bottom, and topping with some weight (usually heavy books work well) for an hour up to overnight. OR you can get this super easy tofu press! My tofu press I bought from TofuXpress years ago is one of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets that gets used at least weekly. I can’t tell you how much I love this thing! No more plates and messy towels – this press will not only press the water out, you can marinate right in it!
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This is one of my favorite ways to eat pressed tofu – SIMPLE, with kale, seasonings and a great dressing. Lately a kale, tofu and Annie’s Light Goddess dressing salad is all I bring for lunch. The great thing is that the hearty kale can stand up to being dressed that morning so I don’t have to worry about it turning to mush and at the same time it can marinate to the tofu. Yesterday for lunch I decided to try it as a sandwich and it was really good. The toasted bun gives it a nice crunch and the flavor of the Annie’s dressing is a soy/tahini/cider vinegar base which gives it a nutty and slightly salty flavor.
It is important to season firm, pressed and uncooked tofu because, just like any animal protein, it needs some flavor. Have you ever tried an unseasoned piece of chicken? I remember what it tastes like – bleck!
If you are not sure about leaving the tofu uncooked – you can marinate it in the dressing and then roast, grill or pan sear it.
Easy Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich
1 bagel thin, I used Rudis Whole Wheat Flatz
2 curly kale leaves
1/4 block pressed organic tofu
Coarse sea salt, fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp Annie’s Light Goddess Dressing
1. Toast bagel thin; top with 1 kale leaf; top with tofu; sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and dressing; top with remaining kale leaf.
Full Nutrition info not available for this recipe
12.8 grams protein
1/2 your daily calcium
Enjoy my Easy Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich!