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Tofu is normally pretty synonymous with dinner, however as many vegans know it can make a delicious and healthy alternative to eggs in breakfast dishes. Not only can tofu stand on its own as an egg substitute in scrambles, it also works in quiches, smoothies, and even pancakes. With 12 grams of protein per 3 oz. serving, it makes a great alternative to eggs for a protein filled morning. It's also low in calories and PointsPlus®, which make it something to explore in my book.
The Basics: Tofu Scrambles
The most common way to use tofu for breakfast is in a scramble in place of eggs. Start by sautéing some of your favorite veggies in a bit of oil. Then crumble in one package of Nasoya tofu and cook for 4-6 minutes until warmed through and beginning to brown. Finally add some flavor with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and your favorite seasoning. Chili powder, paprika, oregano, and steak seasoning all work great. From there you can add nutritional yeast or cheese to round our your meal.
Stepping it Up: Tofu Smoothies
Tofu makes a great smoothie ingredient and can be added in to virtually any smoothie recipe. Just add 3-6 ounces of Nasoya silken tofu to your smoothie to add protein without adding lots of calories. You can also freeze the tofu in advance to create protein packed “tofu cubes” that can be added instead of ice. Get started by blending 6 ounces tofu with 1 banana, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 cup milk, and some ice cubes for a protein packed Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie.
Getting Fancy: Tofu Quiches and Frittatas
Many people are surprised to find out that you can actually use tofu in place of eggs in almost any quiche or frittata recipe. To prepare, blend 1/2 -1 block of Nasoya tofu (depending on the size of the quiche and number of ingredients) in a food processor with ½ cup soy milk and your favorite spices. Then add to the quiche or frittata in place of the eggs. It may take about 10 minute longer to bake, but the result will be a delicious egg free breakfast dish.
Sweeten Things Up: Tofu Pancakes
Tofu isn’t only for savory applications at breakfast time. You can replace eggs in most pancakes recipes with tofu instead. For a typical pancakes recipe, replace the eggs with ½ cup of silken tofu, then cook the pancakes as you normally would. It's an easy and cheaper alternative to protein powders as well for increasing protein in your pancakes for staying power.