This post is sponsored by Nasoya, who provided me a salad kit and free product in exchange for this post. But I like to share – stay tuned for a TofuBaked giveaway in the next couple weeks!
Though not a staple of my diet, tofu is no stranger to this site. Prior to my life as a food blogger, my experience with tofu was very limited. I don’t even recall eating it before 2009. Through blogging I’ve discovered is that I really like tofu and generally don’t find it scary or difficult to prepare. I even own a tofu press. However, I know I’m in the minority regarding my tofu comfort level.
Making tofu can seem a little daunting if you’ve never done it before. It can also not turn out well. Pressing tofu, though not a requirement, improves the texture of tofu but takes a while. Because of all that, I was pretty darn excited when the lovely people at Nasoya offered me the opportunity to try their newest product: TofuBaked.
TofuBaked is a marinated and fully cooked tofu. I love that it’s organic and GMO-free. TofuBaked is currently available in Sesame Ginger and Teriyaki flavors and it is ridiculously easy to prepare. You don’t have to drain, press or cook it. It can be served hot or cold.
When I tracked down the TofuBaked in the store, I was a little surprised at how small the package was. The extra firm tofu I usually purchase is about 14 ounces in a package; TofuBaked is only 8 ounces. The packaging says it serves four, but I found reality to be closer to 2 servings. It was really wonderful to be able to just open the package, slice up the tofu a little more and add it to my meals. I didn’t have to make a marinade, get out my press, or turn on the oven.
I think TofuBaked would be great on a salad, but as it’s winter I went for a hot application this time. One night we enjoyed Teriyaki TofuBaked with cabbage I cooked on the stovetop and soba noodles. The second evening was Sesame Ginger TofuBaked over rice with previously frozen vegetables and fresh kohlrabi.
In addition to the small package, I didn’t love the flavor of the TofuBaked. Something in the seasoning tasted a little strange to me. Not bad, just different than the way I usually make it. I also didn’t find the flavoring strong enough to compensate for the lack of flavor on the rest of my meal, which I left plain in order to really be able to taste the tofu. But I definitely liked TofuBaked enough that I’d buy it again for a quick meal or if I was traveling. It would be so easy to add this to a cooler for sandwiches on the road or camping. The ease of this product definitely makes it a winner. I’m also generally excited to see a new tofu-based product enter the market, expanding the availability of accessible, meat-free options.
So, if you’re looking to try out tofu for the first time, try out TofuBaked. And, if you want to try TofuBaked for free, check back over the next couple weeks. I’ll be giving away coupons for free product!