Let’s face it: Meat is expensive! One of the easiest ways to lower your grocery bill is to cut out meat, at least some of the time.

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It’s not that there aren’t ways to save on meat–there are–but ultimately even meat bought on sale or in bulk is still pretty darn expensive when you consider the alternatives.

Ruth of LWSL holding a package of tofu.

Tofu is one of those weird foods that seems to scare people away, but I think it just has a bad rap. It’s relatively cheap, healthy, and full of protein, and, provide it is prepared well, seriously delicious. The problem is that when it’s not prepared well it tends to be little more than a lump of bland, tasteless mush.

A block of plain tofu resting on a paper towel.

It took me a long time to figure out how to cook tofu. The secret is taking the time to press out all the excess moisture. Once you’ve done that, you can cook it and it will actually hold it’s shape and have a great texture when you eat it.

Plates and paper towels are required for pressing tofu. Pressing tofu is very easy. You just need a lot of paper towels and a big stack of plates. Wrap the tofu with several layers of paper towel (go around at least 10 times!), then place the lump of wrapped tofu on one plate, and place a stack of plates on top to weight it down. (Use the wall to stabilize the plates!)  Let sit for about a half-hour.

Pressing the wrapped tofu with a pile of plates will get rid of excess moisture.

 Once your tofu is sufficiently squished, remove the plates and unwrap the paper towels, then cut the tofu into slices, cubes, or sticks (depending on your preference–I like cubes because they leave more surface area for the sauce!)Flattened tofu that's been dried is ready to be cooked.

 Adding flavor is important, and the possibilities are almost endless. In this case I literally just opened up my fridge, grabbed the first condiments I spotted–ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, hot sauce, & honey–and mixed them together, but I have also had great results with soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, & BBQ sauce. The key is flavor–the more the better!Various flavors and spices are great for tofu.

 Once you’ve decided on your flavor, liberally coat the tofu with the sauce, then spread out on a foil covered pan. Coat your cubed pieces of tofu in the spice mixture and place on baking sheet.

  Roast at 400 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes, stirring once during cooking. Serve plain or over salad, pasta, or rice. Delicious warm or cold!

Bake tofu pieces until crispy and baked golden brown.  So what do you think? Are you ready to try tofu? Do you already eat it & love it? Still not convinced?