Tofu definitely has some haters. I was one of them not too long ago. After an unsuccessful first attempt at cooking it for myself at home, and an equally traumatizing experience giving it a second try at a sushi restaurant, I was close to giving up hope and accepting that it just wasn’t my thing. There are lots of other plant-based proteins, right! I really am glad I gave it another try and figured out how to prepare it in a more appetizing way. If my tofu struggles resonate with you, you’re in the right place! I’m sharing my tips for how to cook with tofu for those of you who may be wanting to incorporate more plant-based eating into your lifestyle.
Pay attention to what you are eating. Be present.
No, I don’t just mean paying attention to your food choices – opting for lean proteins, whole grains, and lots of veggies. What’s on your plate should demand your attention. We have become mindless eaters. We absently scroll through our newsfeeds while we sit down to eat, we eat on the go – on trains, in cars, walking down the hallway in between meetings – failing to acknowledge or even notice the food in front of us. It’s no wonder we are constantly fighting cravings to snack. Our bodies are missing an important sensory aspect of eating when we consume without really paying attention.
Walking downtown the other night, I saw this couple coming out of a burger joint, presumably after having indulged in a meal which may have included fries, onion rings, and maybe a milkshake. Sometimes you just crave a good hamburger with all the fixin’s and the greasy sides that go along with it. They probably really enjoyed their meal, I know I would have! Just then, they walk right into the heavenly smell of freshly made waffle cones coming out of the Marble Slab next door. Can you guess what happened? The guy is already sold, and asks the girl if she wants to go in to get dessert, or at least just look – the most deceiving words of all time; you go in, you’re not coming out empty handed. She replies with a stern “no”, while half laughing. Oh c’mon, pleads the guys, as the girl keeps walking towards the car as if distance from the ice cream parlour will make it easier for her to stick to her guns.
Even though I’m only one week into the curriculum, there’s definitely some exciting stuff going on here at Brescia. Let’s start with this – I’m taking home economics. I am in university, and I am taking home ec – I didn’t even know that was a ‘thing’ in university! Fun fact: the scholarly folks are calling it human ecology nowadays in attempts to rebrand and shed the negative associations tied to home economics education. When you hear about home ec, you think of that high school class that only a handful of girls took, or maybe home ec wasn’t even offered at your school because of the pressures placed on students to take all the maths and sciences, to leave our options open for higher education university programs that would give us the chance to be more than just ‘stay-at-home-moms’.