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  1. Deb G

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    I've seen it on my list for week 2 and put it on the Tesco order - but what exactly does it look/taste like and how do you eat/cook it?? Am trying to try everything now I have a clean palate, but I really don't know what to expect with this!
     
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    it is a very low fat mild soft cheese, you can use it for making dips and you can cook with it, I am going to mix it with some fresh herbs and garlic and stuff a chicken breast with it on Sunday for my dinner.
    If you add it to cooking sauces you have to make sure it cools a bit otherwise it splits.
     
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    Ooh.....lovely. Also heard on about using it on chicken/quorn with chives and garlic for flavouring, and that you can add it to omelettes too! How exciting!
     
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    Ooh, hadn't though about adding to omelettes. Cool, think it is week 3 for whole eggs.
    I am just investigating what to buy and do with quorn and tofu as I have never had it before.
     
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    Treat quorn fillets and pieces the same as chicken. I'm planning on 'frying' the pieces and having it with my salad leaves. You can do the same with tofu - but it has no flavour. However, there is a recipe in the week 1-4 book for garlic and chilli tofu - so I will make that up, let it cool and eat it with salad leaves.

    You can make tofu into nice desserts too - whip it up in a blender and flavour. You can use it as icecream, yoghurt, mousse, toppings etc. I used to use it (with soya milk) to make thick fruit smoothies.
     
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    So with the tofu, could you blend it with a bit of sweetener and vanilla to make a dessert? Would it be quite thick? Do you think that would be nice?

    That garlic and chilli did sound nice, I was going to do it with chicken, but I am keen to try tofu/quorn, are they basically the same thing?

    Do you need to marinate them to get them to take on some flavour?

    Sorry for all the Qs but I don't know anything about either of them, LOL.
     
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    Hi girls!

    Oh how cool, you guys are able to try new things and have meals now!!! So happy for you - I bet you are making mental lists of what to try!!!

    Hope you are enjoying it!! :)
     
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    Hi ALi

    There are twokinds of tofu - normal, which is quite dense, and then there SIlken, which is sold in a box usually in the chinese food aisle.

    SIlken blends up very soft and lovely - I used to make mayonaisse out of it and it gets very creamy. Sure you could make something up with it! But it may take a lot of sweetner and vanilla...thats the thing about Tofu - its so bland on its own.

    Hope that helps?

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    Thanks BL, how would you make mayo with it?
     
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    In a food processor, blend one box Silken (Nori) tofu, 2 tsp sesami oil, 3/4 tsp dry mustard, s & p, blended until creamy. I don't know if you can have Sesami Oil or mustard on RTM....but later down the road it is a great substitute for pasta salads, or cole slaw - cuts the fat right down to nothing! as opposed to Mayo which is laden!.

    If you want, I can get the exact measurements as I am going by memory - and thinking about it, I think there is a wee bit of vinegar in to?. Let me know if it sounds like something you would like to try and I will post the exact recipe:)
     
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    We aren't allowed sesame oil until after RTM, but we are allowed mustard as of now. So would it work without the oil? Is there something else I could add instead do you think?

    Also where do you get your silken or nori tofu? I have just been to Tesco and they had run out of tofu, but that was in the meaty section.
    Searching on the online shop just gets this
    Cauldron Foods Organic Tofu.
     
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    I get it at Sainsburys. Or I used to. ;)

    Its by the soy sauce, and chinese noodles, etc. Its in a little tetra pack.

    You could try it without the sesami Oil I think, but it wouldn't be as creamy a texture and it would change the flavour, but its worth a shot! If you didn't like it I suppose you could add some herbs or garlic or something to make it more flavourful and use with fresh raw veg as a dip or something?

    Gimme a moment, and I will see if I can find the recipe!
     
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    Here you go Ali. I also included the tofu "egg" salad that the mayo was originally suited for. The whole recipe is lovely if you can have those items!! Really nice and satisfying and Tofu is SO healthy and good for you!!

    Enjoy! Let me know how you get on if you try it!!



    Eggless Egg Salad

    Categories: Eggs | Luncheon | Main dishes | Salads | Vegetables

    Serves: 1 Servings

    Ingredients:
    • 3/4 lb Firm tofu
    • 3 Scallions, minced
    • 1 md Carrot, grated
    • 1 md Celery stalk, finely minced
    • 1/2 sm Bell pepper, finely minced
    • 1/4 c Toasted sunflower seeds
    • 1 Batch tofu mayonnaise,
    • -recipe below
    • 1/2 ts Salt, or to taste
    • Fresh black pepper, to taste
    Instructions:
    ------------------------------TOFU MAYONNAISE------------------------------
    1 pk (10 oz) silken tofu
    2 ts Chinese sesame oil
    2 ts Cider vinegar
    1/2 ts Dry mustard, or to taste
    1/2 ts Salt
    1 ts Soy sauce (optional)

    FOR TOFU MAYONNAISE--

    Whip everything together in a blender. Transfer to a small bowl. Taste to
    adjust seasonings. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

    FOR SALAD--

    Cut the tofu into a small dice and place into a medium sized bowl, Add
    remaining ingredients, and mix gently. Season to taste. Cover tightly and
    chill until cold.

    Recipe by: Mollie Katzen/The Enchanted BroccoliForest Posted to MC-Recipe
    Digest V1 #553 by Lynn and Chris Cage on Apr 5, 1997
     
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    great recipe bl - I'll use that when I'm eating real food. I was scoffing a little quark when I spotted this thread. I have to admit that this week I decided to buy quark instead of cottage cheese for my aamw. There are fewer carbs, more protein, and less fat so I figure it can't do me any harm. I put a little low fat dressing in it (just a drop), some vege bouillon, black pepper and some coriander - yummy dip to have with my teensy bit of celery.. very satisfying.

    Can I also admit here that i'm considering having soya milk in my coffees going forward. I used to drink unsweetened soya milk prior to this diet and I had a carton in the cupboard. I just looked at the ingredients and there is trace fat and carbs and not many calories .... I can't see it does any harm?? (I'm still ssing/aaming). Currently I'm using a bit of a shake/tetra in my decaf coffees and it would mean I didn't have to use one for that anymore.

    what do you think ... am I treading dangerous ground by using quark/soya milk instead of cottage cheese? I don't think it will lead me to eat other things.

    just thinking out loud - and all because I spotted a quark thread.
     
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    thanks bl, we are allowed most of the egg mayo recipe from week 2, so can easily be adapted I think. The mayo we can have all those from day 3 apart from the oil.
    I just need to find some tofu, I will try asda today and see what I can find. I have to go to the next town for sainsburys, so that will have to wait til Friday.

    If this helps dancing, on RTM we are allowed cottage cheese from day 1 and quark and soya milk from week 2, so very low GI stuff.
    Do be careful you don't just slip into other things it is very easily done, I have had times when I have thought, oh well I will be allowed it on Sunday, it won't hurt, but you do just have to keep a check on yourself and make sure you don't take it too far.

    I had celery for the first time last night, and I could have just sat and ate the whole thing all on its own, I never realised how lovely it was before, I must be a freak :crazy:
     
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    I know where you are coming from. I just want to sink my teeth into a crispy ice-berg lettuce. Literally eat it like an apple. Thats sad too!
     
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    Sorry - only just seen the question - I have some recipes for desserts and smoothies using normal and silken tofu - I'll add them when I get chance at the weekend.

    Tofu is Soya bean curd and Quorn is basically a mushroom-type protein - so they are very different. If you want a meat substitue, go for Quorn - if you want something else, then go for tofu - VERY good for you, low in fat, carbs and cals, but bursting with protein!
     
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    ah, I see, I didn't realise they were totally different.
    It appears I can't get the silken kind around here, just normal tofu. I will keep looking though.
    Any recipes would be welcome.

    I had spicy quorn mince tonight, which was quite nice, but I over did the chilli a bit, LOL.
     
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