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A blog dedicated to nutrition, wellbeing and happiness. I believe the key to a good life begins with what you choose to put into your body. A happy belly = a happy mind = a happy heart.

Frozen Tofu? It Really Works!

Mushroom Goulash

Following last week’s post, I decided to try out some of the recipes from the Revive Cafe Cookbook and first up was the Mushroom Goulash.

I chose this recipe because it looked easy, didn’t require too many unusual ingredients and seemed like a nice heartwarming meal on a chilly February night.

I’m not going to divulge the recipe I’m afraid because it’s not mine to share, but I did want to highlight these 2 fascinating things I discovered in the process:

Smoked Paprika Powder

1) Thanks to another recipe in the book I recently bought some smoked┬ápaprika powder and decided to substitute the suggested cayenne pepper for this. It brings a lovely mild smokey flavour to the dish and I’ve started sprinkling it on just about everything. The tin it comes in is pretty cool too!

2) The book has an ingenious way of using tofu that I’d never heard of before. The number of times I’ve bought a block of silken tofu, determined to cook with it and failed miserably. I’ve tried marinating it, baking it, frying it. But it’s no use. It just crumbles pathetically every time. But not any more! Thanks to sub-zero temperatures my tofu is as firm as a rock (albeit a slightly squishy one). Yes, by freezing your tofu in advance and then defrosting prior to cooking, it develops a texture similar to chicken. Genius!

P.S. Remember to drain your tofu first, a mistake I won’t be repeating. Trying to squeeze excess water out of a chicken-like substance is no easy feat I can tell you!

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