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Vegan General Tso’s Tofu

When I was in high school, I worked part time at a Chinese restaurant and when things were slow, I was able to learn a bit about how to cook Chinese food. General Tso’s is one of my favorite dishes and even though getting take out is sometimes easier, it’s nice to see the dish from start to finish. Hope you enjoy!

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Vegan Tofu General Tso’s Tofu:
(serves 2-3)

Ingredients
1 16-19 ounce package of extra-firm tofu (frozen, then thawed)
1/3 cup flour (or more if needed)
1 cup of steamed broccoli ( if desired)

Sauce
1 Tbs finely minced or shredded ginger
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs white vinegar
1 Tbs white wine
4 Tbs vegan sugar or agave syrup
1 cup water
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1Tbs & 1 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 Tbs water

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How You Can Be Vegan and Not Eat Tofu

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 this 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.

If you don’t like tofu but are a vegan, what do you eat? Leave a comment below!