Monday, February 17, 2014

Nasoya TofuPlus Review (and giveaway! Come on...give it a try!)

Today is Monday, right? I’ve lost track of the days. Time in my world is divided into BTF (before the fire) and ATF (after the fire). I wasn’t the world’s greatest manager of time BTF, but it seems I’ve gotten worse ATF.

Thankfully, the coupon the folks at Nasoya sent me BTF for one free Nasoya item doesn’t expire until December 31. Leave a comment at the end of this review, and if I draw your name on Friday (I’ll tie a string around my finger to remind myself), I’ll send you the coupon!

As most of you know, I’ve been a vegetarian for six years. Only recently have I added a bit of fish back into my diet, but mostly I’m a veggie/fruit/legume/whole grain kind of girl. I also consume a few soy products once in awhile, like soy milk (I don’t like dairy milk unless it’s hidden in a latte) and edamame – cooked or roasted – but I’ve only had a handful of experiences with tofu, none of which were memorable.

Part of the problem was that most of the tofu recipes I’d read seemed complicated or required ingredients I’d never heard of or would only use a few times. When Nasoya asked me to review their new product, TofuPlus, I thought I’d give tofu a try…again. The difference this time was Nasoya’s website. It’s filled with tofu information, how-to videos, and recipes. A lot of recipes. Most of which don’t require traveling to Thailand for ingredients.

I bought Nasoya TofuPlus Extra Firm (organic tofu with added calcium, vitamin D, and a couple of B vitamins) and made tofu taco salad, loosely following the recipe for Tofu Tacos. Rather than a packet of taco seasoning, I used Tippy Toe Diet Cammy’s taco seasoning recipe. (Cammy also reviewed Nasoya TofuPlus a few weeks ago. See her post here.) And instead of stuffing a taco shell, I crumbled a few shells on to a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, beans, salsa, sour cream, and avocado. (I think I also added a bit of light Ranch dressing, but I made this BTF so I don’t remember.)

I agree with Cammy that tofu tastes better the day after it’s been cooked in spices. I liked the tofu taco salad the night I made it. I really liked it the next day. The TofuPlus absorbed the spices nicely. I also like the added calcium and vitamin D, nutrients I struggle to get enough of in my diet, particularly in the winter.

I’m looking forward to trying more recipes from the Nasoya website, namely making something that uses silken tofu, something I’ve not tried before.

So tell me, what is your experience with tofu? Are you an avid fan or a curious bystander? If so, leave a comment and I’ll let you know on Friday who won the coupon!

11 comments:

Cammy@TippyToeDiet said...

Thanks for the mention and for the review! Tofu Taco Salad is next up on my list. (I have to make new taco seasoning; my last batch was a little too heavy with cumin. :) )

Deb K said...

Firm tofu in recipes is wonderful. I have made an Asian eggplant tofu recipe and it's very yummy.

coriwestphal said...

I'm scared of tofu! I bought it years ago and tried a recipe that turned out terrible! I haven't tried it since. I'd love to give it another shot now that I have a few more years of cooking experience under my belt!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Vickie said...

Here's another homemade taco seasoning recipe from Roni.

http://greenlitebites.com/2008/04/06/taco-seasoning/

Slightly different ingredients. Glad to see Cammy's recipe too.

Amelie steven said...

thanks for the information and reviews.

Saphrael said...

Curious bystander here, interested in the added calcium. I always fall short there too!

Katherine said...

I've been curious but haven't tried tofu yet at home. I have enjoyed it at restaurants, so if I can do as well it might be a nice high protein addition to my diet.

Diane said...

I'd love to try this product. Eating less meat has always been appealing to me

Kelly Furlong-Rezac said...

I love Nasoya tofu! I tastes like whatever you put it with. My last couple recipes were with Indian spices and chocolate. :)
Kelly

Mrs Y said...

tasted great and great source of protein.

Caren said...

OMG - I love tofu. I cannot get enough. You might say I am a tofu junkie. I crave it. Some days I dream about it. Its delish and you can do so many things with it...my favorite is a veggie/tofu stirfry served with soba noodles or some brown rice. Or I have made some fancy things like stuffed tofu pockets. To me tofu is one of the perfect foods...I can't get enough and I am not ashamed to admit it...