Tune into tofu as one of your key ingredients on Meatless Monday and you have a substantial vegetarian ingredient capable of taking the centre stage as a main course in a number of simple tofu recipes.
Originating in China, tofu, or bean curd, is soya derivative which remains particularly popular in both Chinese and Thai cookery.
An excellent source of amino acids, iron, calcium and other micro-nutrients, tofu is also a versatile ingredient with many health benefits making it an excellent choice on a meat free diet.
Tofu can be cooked in a number of different ways to change its texture from smooth and soft to crisp and crunchy, it can even be marinated to pack an extra punch and hold flavour in with a mix of vegetables.
Take a look at these simple tofu recipes and tofu will become a regular on your Meatless Monday menu.
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