Let’s talk tofu:
It’s one of those foods that most people grow up making fun of, dreading, or even refusing to eat. In a few cultures, however, it is a staple. In these cultures, there is no mistaking tofu as bland or gross. I’d like to prove to you that didn’t grow up eating tofu how delicious it can be.
First though, here are some of the environmental benefits of tofu:
- If you replace meat with tofu once a month, you’ll save 20,000 gallons of water a year. That’s because cows drink water and eat food that requires water to grow. (Bon Appetit)
- I can’t say it enough: plant protein is way more eco-friendly than animal protein.
- Adding tofu to a dish will not change the flavor but it will add protein that will help fill you up letting you eat less which is awesome for you and the environment! Saving resources!
- Soybeans are fed to cattle. It takes 7lbs of grain and soy products to produce 1lb of meat. If this was used toward human consumption, 7x more people could have food to eat.
- Reduce deforestation (which takes place for cattle raising in other countries–> the #1 cause)
- Less methane emissions from cattle–>less cattle = less methane emissions.
- Less water pollution–> cattle sewage seeps into ground water and washes into rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans.
As an added benefit, tofu is way less expensive than animal protein. With the economy in the state it’s in right now, that’s a added reason to switch to tofu for some meals!
Strawberry Orange Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- Carton organic strawberries
- Orange juice
- Firm tofu
- Granola (I used a delicious granola with flax seed in it)
- Agave Nectar
- Optional: maca
Blend all ingredients. Pour into a bowl and top with granola and agave.
Tofu Scramble Burrito
- Two cloves garlic, sliced
- Tofu (I had firm so that’s what I used, but silk is better for scrambles)
- Garlic salt
- Black beans
- Local salsa
- Wheat tortilla
Saute the garlic and tofu together. If using silk, scramble it like an egg. If using firm, brown the tofu. Sprinkle with garlic salt and paprika and add black beans to the hot pan. Cook until hot. Meanwhile, warm tortilla. Place the mix in the tortilla and top with salsa.
- You can add any veggies you’d like to this as well.
- It kinda takes the place of a breakfast burrito.
- This is a super good source of protein between the beans and the tofu! Check out The Magical Fruit to learn about beans eco implications.
- It doesn’t look super scrumptious but it is!
“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?” -Robert Redford