09 January 2012

TDIV Q&A: How can I be vegan if I think tofu is gross?

You can definitely be vegan even if you think tofu is gross. The vegan police aren’t going to come after you. There is a perception that all vegans love tofu by default, but that is simply not true. If you don’t like tofu, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t be vegan.

I have vegan friends who can’t stand tofu, but yet are enjoying their vegan lifestyle to the fullest. When I first became vegan, I wasn’t a big fan of tofu either. How in the world was I supposed to like something that tastes just about like nothing? The nice thing about tofu is that you can prepare it in many different ways. You can stream it, fry it, stuff it, scramble it, marinate it, bake it... the list goes on for ages. Tofu is very versatile and it picks up the flavors of other things. Before dismissing, make sure you’ve tried the different ways to prepare tofu. Now that I've learned the ropes of how to prepare tofu, I love to cook with tofu.

Tried every imaginable way to prepare tofu and still think it’s gross? That’s fine! Not all vegans have to like tofu. Actually, some vegans are allergic to soy and they are doing just fine. Vegan foods sans tofu: whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. Quinoa and chickpeas are also great sources of protein. Hint: if you buy in bulk, you'll also save some money. And of course, don’t forget to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. There are plenty of mock meats out there to enjoy. Gardein, Boca, Tofurky and Field Roast all make great mock meats. This Enchilada Bake recipe, as well as this Gardein ‘Chicken’ Scaloppini recipe are two of my favorites. Don’t forget about seitan (as long as you’re not gluten sensitive) and tempeh for non-tofu products too! I love these vegan Philly cheese steak made with seitan, and this vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich recipe.

The key to being vegan is variety and as long as you eat a variety of foods, it's hard not to get enough protein in your diet. I've found that I actually have more options since becoming vegan and even if you think tofu is gross, you'll still be able to enjoy the many benefits of veganism.

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Los Angeles, CA Michelle is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelors degree in Sociology/Social Psychology. She has been vegetarian since 2006 and vegan since 2008. Michelle is the founder of No Animals Harmed, a blog dedicated to compassionate living. Michelle currently resides in Los Angeles, with her rescued companion dog, Callie.

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