Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday's Side Dish: Background on Spaghetti and Meatballs w/ Tofu

Good reasons to add tofu

The addition of Japanese tofu to Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs may seem off-the-wall.  It makes sense, however, to The Mixed Stew Crew.  We recommend this week’s dish for introducing young children to tofu as a viable and edible ingredient.  Remember that tofu is used as a protein substitute for vegetarians.  Tofu takes some getting used to when compared to other tastier but less healthy foods.   It’s definitely healthier than red meat.  Tofu, whether firm or soft, absorbs the flavors of anything combined with or cooked with it.  This holds true for Spaghetti and Meatballs.  Parents can tell their kids that it’s “healthier scrambled eggs.”   Yes, the subtle flavor and texture of tofu is similar to well-cooked scrambled eggs.             

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