Yin & Yang Turmeric Tofu 💛

I came up with this simple spice mix for tofu back in 2018. I had been looking for a tofu recipe (since I had no original ideas for tofu not being a vegan or vegetarian) but I couldn’t find anything desirable so I had to improvise in the end anyway – the irony!

The original recipe calls for the use of soft tofu, which will give you an amazing scrambled tofu dish (it will look and taste like eggs or even better!). It is so far my own favourite tofu recipe out of the ones I’ve cooked so I dare to recommend it to you all.

The more recent version of this recipe saw the use of firm tofu instead and I omitted onions for my low FODMAP people! I didn’t miss the onions at all and I liked the firm tofu, but I will stick to the original soft tofu simply because it takes in SO much more flavour and remains really juicy. The firm tofu would probably need to be marinated a bit longer in the spice mix or you could benefit from an additional sauce as it can be a bit on the dry side compared to soft tofu.

Here’s what you’ll need:IMG_2831
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 hot paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
a bit of water to mix
+ 200g soft tofu
2 cups of kale
1/2 red onion
1 pepper

Heat vegetable or olive oil in a pan. Drain the tofu and crumble it onto a pan. Pour the spice mix/sauce over the tofu and fry on high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow it to soak in the flavours and colours.

Tip: if you allow it to cook for longer, you can even brown the soft tofu and give it a slightly crispy exterior while it remains soft on the inside. It’s incredibly tasty!

Add chopped onion and pepper and fry for a few more minutes. You can add kale to the scramble or blanche it separately like I did. Just clean the pan (I used a wok this time) and throw a generous amount of kale on it and add a bit of water. 1-2 minutes is all you need – you’ll be able to tell from the colour of the leaves as they turn into vibrant green.

Your gorgeous colourful dish will be ready in about 10 minutes! And all under 250kcal! ☺️

I’m not vegan myself nor will I ever become one – I’m sorry – but I do love meat free dishes. When I cook something without animal protein, it’s usually because I have not felt like eating anything heavy and too hard to digest or I have wanted to increase my vegetable intake. In this case it was to eat this gorgeous bright dish that should, according to science, make me happier given that Curcumin can boost the happy hormones in our brains (re my Instagram post).

Whether you’re an omnivore or a herbivore, always remember to love your body by using a variety of ingredients for a variety of macro and micronutrients!

Why I don’t support exclusion diets.

My 6 week challenge group is already making great progress and I couldn’t be more proud. Everybody is involved, asking questions and encouraging one another. This morning they brought a challenge to my attention – J-Lo has announced a 10 day no sugar, no carbs challenge and my first thought was: “Oh no!” 😳

My very first diet was a “no starchy carb” diet back in 2010. I had no idea what I was doing at the time so I followed it religiously and didn’t touch anything that even resembled a carbohydrate. Due to lack of explanation from anyone and lack of knowledge on nutrition and nutrients, it got out of hand. It got to the point where I was scared to even eat yogurt (just to bring one example) without feeling guilty. But yoghurt is dairy and dairy contains naturally occurring milk sugars (yes, even Total 0%; it just doesn’t have any fats). It also contains valuable calcium. So you can imagine what removing such a valuable food group would do to one’s body and health. That is just one example as I know at the time my list of foods I would eat was shorter than the list with things I couldn’t/didn’t dare eat. My cravings started getting out of control as I was becoming deficient in minerals and vitamins that I was no longer receiving from the banned food sources. 

As soon as I stopped the diet I went on a mad sugar binge and started eating cakes and chocolate bars and incredible amounts of fruit because I had forbidden it so long that I could no longer stop myself. It took me about 6 months or more afterwards to turn around the mental damage and to learn to “trust” carbs and sugars again. 

You might think “oh relax Rahel, it’s just a challenge” – but I can’t support diets like this as my motto is “everything in moderation”. I am a Nutritionist and I know that there is no reason for any individual to seclude certain food groups unless they have a medical condition that would require this. I’d like to hope J-Lo is encouraging the 10 day challenge to get people to be more healthy and lose a bit of weight while they’re at it. However, a sufficient calorie deficit can be created by simply eating fewer calories across the board without completely excluding any macronutrient groups. If you are already eating for optimal health, you don’t need to worry about a bit of sugar in your tea or in a yoghurt like I did. 

My goal is to leave everyone better than I left them so please be careful if you still wish to try this. If you feel that, like me back in 2010, you currently don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to dieting, please get in touch and I’ll point you in the right direction! 😊