Cooking With Tofu….Why Not!



In the event you aren’t a vegetarian now and have not been one in  the past, you most likely also haven’t eaten tofu many  times. In fact, the one time most individuals hear about tofu it’s in jokes aimed toward vegetarians.

So why is it that vegetarians eat this stuff on a regular basis? Is is it simply because they don’t have any other choice?

The reply is each yes or no.

Being a vegetarian doesn’t suggest it’s a must to eat tofu. In  fact, there are many vegetarians who by no means eat tofu or any  fashionable meat-alternative dishes–corresponding to ‘veggie burgers”  or ‘tofurkey”–for that matter.

So long as they research and create meal plans, vegetarians can preserve a nutritious diet eating conventional meals or ethnic dishes.

Tofu is usually cited as something exclusively vegetarian  as a result of it is a versatile, highly-nutritional, and can be used to exchange meat dishes.

Not solely can or not it’s created in textures, consistencies, and flavors that simulate a variety of meats–from turkey to  hamburger–but it could also really change and much exceed  the nutritional value of similar meat dishes.

Whereas vegetarians don’t really must devour tofu, doing so is usually a smart dietary choice–and in addition the subsequent smartest thing to consuming similar meat products (for many who  loved meat dishes earlier than they turned vegetarians).

Tofu is a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie food made  out of steamed and compressed soy beans. Not only is it an incredible source of protein–which many vegetarians lack–but  it is also heart-healthy and has been linked to a decreased risk in cancer.

In addition to being served as a meat alternative, tofu can be served in a variety of spicy and ethnic dishes, which  were by no means meant to contain meat. Many ethnic Indian  dishes include massive quantities of tofu cooked and spiced  in several ways.

So right here is my suggestion to you: In case you aren’t already a vegetarian, but want to change into one, don’t let tofu get in your way. You’ll be able to preserve a wholesome vegetarian  food plan without ever consuming it. Nonetheless, for those who already are a vegetarian, but haven’t tried tofu, I extremely counsel you  do. It’s both dietary and versatile – and it might not taste as bad as you think.

Cuisines From India to Spice Up Your Life!


It is also considered to be one of the old diverse cuisines of the world.
Indian cuisine varies from region to region depending on the diverse Indian subcontinent.

The Vast Sub-continent of India offers a range of culinary delights as rich and diverse as its people and history.
Northern North Indian cuisine is distinguished by the proportionally high use of dairy products like ghee, milk, paneer, and yoghurt.
Other ingredients like chilies, saffron, and nuts are also commonly used.

North Indian cooking features the use of the “tawa” for making roti and paratha, and “tandoor” for making naan, and kulcha and also main courses like tandoori chicken.
The samosa is a popular North Indian snack, and it is now commonly found in other parts of India, Central Asia and the Middle East also.
Minced meat, cheese mushroom and chick pea are also used for filling.
Popular snacks, side-dishes and drinks include mirchi bada, buknu, bhujiya, chaat, kachori, jalebi, imarti, several types of pickles,murabba, sharbat, aam panna and aam papad.
Some common North Indian foods such as the various kebabs and most of the meat dishes originated with interaction with muslims.
The dosa, idli, vada, bonda and bajji are typical South Indian favorites, which are generally consumed as breakfast.
Each Andhra, Chettinad, Tamil, Hyderabadi, Mangalorean, and Kerala cuisines have different tastes and ways of cooking .
In Andhra food excessive amounts of chilies are used.
Maharashtrian cuisine can be divided into two sections based on the geographical sections.
The hilly regions of the Western Ghats and Deccan plateau regions use groundnut instead of coconut and depend more on sorghum and millet as staples.
Many Gujarati dishes have a hint of sweetness due to use of sugar or brown sugar.
Saraswat cuisine forms an important part of coastal Konkani Indian cuisine.
This area’s cuisine is more influenced by its neighbors, namely Burma and the China.
Yak is a popular meat in this part of India Eastern East Indian cuisine is famous for its sweets such as rasagolla, chumchum, sandesh, rasabali, chhena poda, chhena gaja, and kheeri.
Apart from sweets, East India cuisine offers delights of posta (poppy seeds).
Generally ingredients such as mustard seeds, cumin seeds, black cumin, green chillies and cumin paste are used in Bengali curries.
Curries are classified into bata (paste), bhaja (fries), chochchoree (less spicy vapourized curries) and jhol (thin spicy curries).
Fish is commonly consumed in the eastern India, especially in Bengal.
A regular meal consists of many side dishes made of vegetables.
Deep fried, shallow fried and mashed vegetables are also very popular.

In India, food is most often eaten without cutlery, using instead the fingers of the right hand.
A universal aspect of presentation is the thali, a large plate with samplings of different regional dishes accompanied by raita, breads such as naan, puri, or roti, and rice.

Indian spices have an old and long history in Indian culture.
And as the world discovered the beautiful and distinct tastes of spices from India, more and more people have fallen in love with Indian cuisine as well.

There is Asafoetida.

Also known as the devil’s dung, this herb is actually a relative of the parsley family and is most known for its distinctive and pungent taste.
Asafoetida is mainly used for cooking lentils and beans and is a very important ingredient for cheewra – a dish made up of grains and various sorts of fruits and spices.
They are used to flavor curries and other kinds of rice dishes.
The seed is the one mainly used for cooking.
This is considered to be the second most expensive spice in the world.
They are mainly used to spice up curries and even ice creams and other sweet dishes or desserts.
The seed has a variety of tastes, depending on the age that it was harvested.

Also Cayenne.
Cayenne has an attractive bright red hue and is a well loved ingredient not just for its taste but for its color as well.
Cayenne powder is not as hot as chili but has its own kick that will surely make that dish memorable.
This is considered to be the hottest spice on earth.
Chilies are available in fresh or in powdered form.

So there you have it the heart and soul of Indian food.
So if you plan on cooking up authentic Indian dishes in your kitchen, make sure that you have those spices on hand.

The Importance of Organic Cooking


As we all know organic food not only is good for health because it does not contain any chemicals or additives, it also plays a big role in helping the environment.
However, many people have just a vague idea as to what constitutes as organic food.
The food is inspected by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department gives its approval for the food to be labeled as organic.

If cattle are given growth hormones make it grow fast so that the farmer can take the cattle to the abattoir, then the meat from the cattle will not classify as organic meat.
Also, any food that is grown using human waste or radiation, or preservatives is added to it to increase its shelf life is not considered organic food.
Therefore, these foods are not organic.

If possible, you should start cooking with organic foods today itself.
Also, you will be doing the environment a big favor.
These chemical find their way into the soil, ground water as well as different water bodies polluting the air, soil and water.

Why Cook Organic

Organic foods are free of man-made chemicals, poisons, and pesticides.
When you eat organic, you are supporting not just your own health but also that of the eco-systems where the organic produce was raised.
This helps to maintain the health and diversity of the soil.
By supporting organic farming we create awareness in our community about the health and social benefits of green cuisine.

Consider cooking more meals with ingredients that are cultivated with cleaner resources that require less maintenance.
Fish that are farmed in pens, like salmon, pollute the ocean environment with their own waste.

Food is a gift from the earth to our bodies – we need it to stay alive, to play, to work, even sleep.
When we eat natural food grown with sunshine, we are putting long lasting ‘clean’ energy and life into our bodies.
Are you a pasta lover? If you use water, vegetable broth, or chicken stock to cook rice or pasta, try not to waste the excess by throwing it out-leftover broth makes an ideal base for a soup.
The same goes for leftovers that can be fed to plants or composted just as easily.
You don’t need to be an expert gardener or have a massive garden or greenhouse to start making use of your own green fingers.
All you need is a window-box, sunshine, and plenty of positive dedication-bon appetit!

When you purchase organic beef and other varieties of sustainable meat, you can rest assured that these are free from antibiotics or synthetic hormones, and that the animal grown to produce the meat was not fed genetically modified feed.

Many people claim that organic food tastes better, and that they feel a noticeable boost in their overall health and energy level when the majority of the food they consume is organic.
It means eliminating or minimizing preservatives, synthetic chemicals, refined sugars, refined (empty) carbohydrates, saturated fats and acidic foods.

Buy, cook and eat healthy, organic foods. 🙂

Savor and Celebrate the Mexican Food History


Since tacos, burritos, and chilies do not grow naturally, we know there have been different influences that brought us these different styles of foods.

The earliest food influence came from the ancient Mayans.
A majority of the cuisine did include both gold and beans.
In fact, many of the different sections of Mexico continue to use the traditional recipes that were delivered from the Mayan culture and will create dishes for those visiting with many of the same spices and cooking styles that they were originally presented in.
In addition to these peppers, tortillas and tamales were then introduced and the locals began to create some of the more popular authentic dishes that we enjoy today.
It was also during this time that they discovered a number of different uses for the corn, so it had the chance to continue to grow and thrive in importance, which led to the discovery of other options down the road as well.
Quesadillas, spicy meat dishes and chile rellenos were then introduced during this time.
These menu items blend in with the Tex-Mex cooking ideas that we know today.
For example, a tongue taco might not appeal to as many people as a general shredded beef taco might.
So a dish you might find along the northern border might not even be offered closer to the southern part of the country.
As you study more about the Mexican food history, be sure you take a moment and understand each dish you enjoy, comes from a number of different generations fine tuning their favorite recipes.

Nothing Beats the Taste of Authentic Mexican Food!
Food experts say Americans are acquiring more adventurous tastes, as well as cravings for new flavors and ingredients.

This has been built upon from many diverse cultures.
It also includes flavors from the Mojave and Apache tribes.

Salsa, the Spanish word for sauce, is uncooked and sometimes pureed until chunky, smooth, or chopped.
These are the same core ingredients used in the past.
It is rare to find any Texas style food without one of these accompaniments.
It  varies by region, because of local climate, geography and ethnic differences.
The Southeastern Mexico region, on the other hand, is known for its chicken-based dishes and spicy vegetable.
The ingredients used should be fresh and the toppings should never overwhelm.
This in its essence is very light, very dependent upon chiles and herbs and nuts and spices.

Tortilla chips, margaritas and chili con carne are now well-known around the world.
Tortillas are made by curing maize in lime water and then kneading the mixture into a dough, and cooking the thin patties on a flat grill.

Eating authentic Mexican food is comforting and flavorful on the palate and very fulfilling to the stomach.

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