Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tofu or Not Tofu, That is the Question
I'll be honest. I am not a total fan of the tofu. I try to like it, but it sort of reminds me of the pestering cousin that your mother made you sit next to at a family gathering...it is tolerable, just like that annoying cousin.
And, I am not sure why, but I think that there is too much of a molecular likeness to a pound of tofu and a pound of fat from my left thigh. Sometimes, when I want to put weight loss into a visual perspective, like if I lose five pounds, I envision five squares of tofu that are equal to that weight loss. Maybe I am not a total fan of tofu because it also feels funny upon touch. Sometimes I think that the tofu package should come with a pair of surgical gloves. Truth is, I've never liked touching meat or poultry, either. I guess it is a sensory thing.
I did find one place where I really liked tofu, and it was from the hot bar at a local health food store. They cut the tofu into these really attractive points. And they are breaded, and I thought baked. Their flavor was so good and dreamy. I thought one day, "Tofu, where have you been my entire life?" But then, one day, I read the ingredient listing and learned two things: They were battered with EGG and they were FRIED. This happened about four months ago. And since then, tofu and I have been divorced. It's okay though, because I do love beans, beans of any form, with the lovely Fava, being my favorite. I grew up eating Italian peasant food, and there was no greater meal than beans and greens. Oh, Nona, how I love thee.
However, I have found that tofu in the dessert form is palatable. Maybe it is the twist with sugar and say, chocolate. But, tofu, as a meal form, I will leave at the table along with that little cousin of mine.
The end point here has nothing to do with my feelings about tofu, but more like the real importance of reading labels. Had I never read that tofu label, I'd still be eating that fried tofu and convincing myself, "It's tofu, it has to be good for me!" So keep on reading labels, and sit at whatever table your Mom tells you to!
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