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Tofu 101 with Karyn Calabrese

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06/25/2012

Raw foodist, holistic health counselor, and Chicago entrepreneur Karyn Calabrese stopped by the studio today to teach us everything we need to know about tofu!

From understanding the various kinds to incorporating it into your favorite recipes, tofu is definitely a great source of protein for vegans and meat eaters alike! You can try out some of Karyn's great tofu recipes below:

Chocolate Pudding
-1 lb medium firm tofu
-1/4 cup honey or sweetener of choice
-5 tablespoons cacao powder
-fresh strawberries for garnish
-salt to taste
-soy milk if needed

Put tofu and cacao powder in blender. Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Add honey or sweetener of choice until sweet to taste, this is approximately 1/4 cup honey. Add a pinch of salt. For a smoother pudding consistency add a little soy milk.

'Egg' Salad
-1/4 cup nanonnaise (vegan mayonnaise)
-1 tsp yellow mustard
-1 tablespoon turmeric
-1 pound firm tofu
-white onions, chopped but not finely
-chopped celery, but not too finely
-lettuce leaves

Smash tofu with potato masher to achieve a lumpy consistency. Add chopped onion and chopped celery. Salt to taste. Add 1/4 cup nanonnaise and a teaspoon of yellow mustard. Add 1 tablespoon turmeric to get that egg-yellow color. Serve on your favorite bread or stuff this 'egg' salad in a tomato or pepper. Perfect for parties or picnics!

Jerk Tofu Wrap:
-6 slices of firm tofu (approximately 2 lbs)
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-3 large round tortillas
-1 cup chopped lettuce
-1 cup chopped tomato

Jerk Seasoning:
-2 ¼ tablespoons cinnamon
-2 ¼ tablespoons nutmeg
-2 ¼ tablespoons fennel
-2 ¼ tablespoons anise
-1 tablespoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 teaspoon thyme

Jerk Sauce:
-2 ¼ tablespoons cinnamon
-2 ¼ tablespoons nutmeg
-2 ¼ tablespoons fennel -2 ¼ tablespoons anise -1 tablespoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 teaspoon thyme
-add 2 ounces of bbq sauce & -1 ounce water

Garlic Sauce: -1 cup soymilk
-1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-2 tablespoons sugar

Prepare your jerk seasoning, jerk sauce and garlic sauce ahead of time. Set aside. Coat sautee pan with olive oil. On a medium heat, cook tofu on each side for approximately 3 minutes to heat through. With a cooking brush, coat one side of the tofu with jerk seasoning. Cook for approximately 3 minutes. Flip tofu and coat other side with seasoning. Cook in pan until browned. In a separate large sautee pan, warm tortilla and coat lightly with olive oil.

Remove blackened tofu from pan and cut into small strips. Place tofu strips in tortilla. Add lettuce, tomato, jerk sauce, and garlic sauce. Fold into a burrito-shape, cut in half, and enjoy!

For more information on Karyn and her businesses around Chicago, be sure to visit her website: www.karynraw.com/

You can stay connected with Karyn on her Facebook page www.karynraw.com/rawkaryn and on Twitter: @karyncalabrese and @karynsrawbeauty.

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