Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Features - Trying Indian Recipes

As I write this on Thursday at 11pm—after a 12-hour shift at the day job—and looking for an interesting and healthful recipe to post, I found this tofu East Indian recipe. I've been trying Indian dishes lately. There are no East Indian restaurants in my area so I resort to packaged meals. Amy's frozen dinners are good as are some imported packaged shelf meals I found at Cost Plus World Market.  Now I'm ready to start trying some recipes on my own. This recipe is a good beginner dish to try. ~ Christy



Tofu Tikka Masala
5          teaspoons lemon juice
1          teaspoon ginger, grated
2          garlic cloves, crushed
1          gram jalapeno chile, chopped
3          tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1          teaspoon chili powder
            Salt to taste
1/2       pound Wildwood Vacuum Pack Tofu
2          tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2       medium onion, chopped in 1-inch long thin slices
1/4       teaspoon turmeric powder
3-4       tablespoons plain or unsweetened yogurt
1          cup Wildwood Plain Soymilk
            Chopped cilantro (for garnish)

In bowl, mix lemon juice, ginger, garlic, green chili, half of cilantro, chili powder, salt and tofu together; mix well and cover. Let marinate for an hour.

In pan, heat oil and slowly add onions. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on medium heat until translucent.

Slowly add turmeric powder, yogurt, soy milk and remaining cilantro to the pain. Mix well for a few minutes until sauce thickens.

Add tofu mixture into sauce and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve immediately with Indian Naan bread or heated rice.


A Simple Swap for Healthier Meals

(Family Features) Today’s interest in world cuisine has broadened our use of different herbs and spices, as well as globally popular proteins such as soy. Yet many people are unsure how to seamlessly integrate soy foods into their lifestyle, taste preferences and eating habits.

To ensure you’re receiving the maximum health benefits from your soy foods, they should be consumed a few times each week and eaten primarily as whole soy foods like tofu, tempeh and edamame. Soyfoods are low in saturated fat, cholesterol-free, contain high-quality protein, dietary fiber and numerous other ingredients.

“As a qualitarian, I’m always seeking and advising my clients to choose the better quality foods of what’s available, but sometimes that can feel like a challenge,” says registered dietitian Ashley Koff. “Start simple by choosing foods as close to the form they are in nature. Second, focus on nutrients in food, not just its calories. Consider incorporating organic whole food soy as it delivers all the nutrients the body needs for better energy – carbohydrates, fiber, protein and healthy fats.”
For easy ways to incorporate soy foods into everyday meals, try incorporating these simple tips from Koff:
·      Skip the store bought pudding and make it at home with organic tofu instead.
·      Swap out regular hummus for edamame (soybean) hummus to snack on with water-based vegetables.
·      Not all soy products are created equal. To get the optimal health benefits from soy foods, look for organic, whole food products like those from Wildwood.
For families trying to find the best soy food offerings that everyone will enjoy, Wildwood offers natural and organic food products including tofu and soymilk made with the highest quality ingredients. For more recipes and information, visit www.wildwoodfoods.com.


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