One of the best qualities of tofu is that it’s almost flavorless on its own

Here’s a delicious way to get multiple health benefits from one ingredient. Tofu, a fermented form of soybeans, is rich in antioxidants, which help to keep blood vessels dilated, essential for maintaining lowered blood pressure. It’s also an excellent source of protein. Women benefit additionally, due to the isoflavones in soy products that have phytoestrogens.

One of the best qualities of tofu is that it’s almost flavorless on its own. It takes on the flavor of the ingredients that surrounds it, making it an excellent candidate for marinating and grilling, sautéing or stir-frying.

Ingredients

    • 1 package (12 to 14 ounces) firm silken tofu
    • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
    • 1 small clove garlic, minced
    • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper flakes
    • ½ cup Thai-style sweet chili sauce

Preparation

Remove tofu from package and pat dry with paper towels. Cut tofu into 2-inch pieces. Place in a shallow baking dish. In small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, peanut oil, gingerroot, garlic, and hot pepper flakes. Pour mixture over tofu, turning tofu pieces over to coat with mixture. Cover dish and chill 30 minutes to tofu marinate. Pour off and discard marinade. Heat a grill pan or a heavy bottom cast iron skillet over high heat. Add tofu pieces and grill about 3 minutes per side until nicely browned and heated through. To serve, remove tofu pieces to a serving plate; pour chili sauce over tofu.

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