For some meat lovers, tofu is taboo in the kitchen. When you can toss grilled chicken into your stir-fry or curry, why bother prepping and pressing those squishy, bland cubes of soy? (Especially because they can be tricky to cook properly… here's how to pan-fry tofu to perfection.)
But tofu, aka bean curd, is a favorite alternative protein for a reason—you can do just about anything with it. Its subtle taste makes it a clever smoothie add-in (extra protein and creaminess), plus you can sub it in for cheese or cream in fatty pasta sauces (hey, alfredo!).
Need further proof? These 7 surprising ideas for appetizers, dessert, and everything in between will convince you to put tofu on your shopping list.
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