Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day 4: Vegetable Stir Fry

    Today I have decided to break out the tofu. I use to think that tofu had a weird texture and tastes like nothing which is true, when it is not cooked right. For dinner I cooked one of my favorite recipes even before I decided to take on the vegan challenge, which is a basic vegetable stir fry. This meal takes about 15 minutes to make, is simple, and tastes delicious.

Vegetable Stir Fry
Green beans
Roasted red bell peppers
White Onion
Olive Oil
Stir fry noodles
Tersauki sauce
Firm tofu

Step 1:
   Sauté the minced onions, garlic, tofu, and thinly sliced mushrooms, with a little olive oil.  Add the roasted red bell peppers for a few minutes until warm. 

Step 2:
Add the green beans, the roasted red bell peppers, and spinach. Heat until the spinach is wilted.

Then add the stir fry noodles and the tersauki sauce until warm.

     Tofu is a great meat substitute loaded with iron, phosphorus, b-complex vitamins, and has no cholesterol. It is easy to digest and an excellent source of absorbable calcium. For those of us worried about getting enough protein, soy provides high quality protein equal to that of poultry, milk, and other animal products. Tofu is a complete protein like meat, with all nine amino acids, just without all the nasty side effects. 

    There are also some studies that found the soy component known as isoflavones have offered promising hope for the prevention and treatment of cancer as well as decreases the symptoms related to menopause. The U.S Food and Drug Administration said that “diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 2.5 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease”

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