Meatless Monday! A great way to cut fat and save money.

A greaIMG_9857t way to cut fat and save money: Meatless Monday! Meatless Monday is a good way to save money and consume less animal fat. While a vegan or vegetarian diet may not be right for everyone, hardly anyone needs to eat animal protein on a daily basis. If you think about how our bodies were developed long before packaged mac n cheese, you’ll realize we were designed as hunters and gathers.

While the hunters were off hunting, the gatherers were home raising children and gathering nuts and berries. The hunters may have been gone for weeks or days, gathering along the way. When they returned with big game after the hunt, it was divided among many family members and had to be eaten or treated quickly before it went bad and the tribe got sick. Traditionally our bodies were probably used to eating a little bit of meat, maybe once a day for about a week then going weeks without it again. We probably got our protein from meat sporadically and mostly got it from the nuts and grains that were gathered.

Our bodies needs really have not changed since the days of hunting and gathering, although our food supply has changed dramatically. Meatless Monday is one way I like to cut fat and save money. Baked tofu is a great alternative to meat for many recipes and it’s really easy to prepare. Considering a tub of tofu costs about $2 and serves about 8, it’s huge savings. Though many people may have soy sensitivities and I don’t recommend super processed soy products, tofu is usually tolerable by many and isn’t a highly processed soy product.

Recipe for Baked Tofu:

1 tub tofu (firm), sliced into ¼ inch strips

¼ cup peanut oil (or olive oil)

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with the oil; add sliced tofu and coat in oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake for about 1o minutes, turn slices. Continue to bake and turn until golden brown and slightly crispy, about half hour. Store in air tight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Use baked tofu in salads, sandwiches, tacos, rice bowls, or straight up as a snack. Tofu absorbs flavors really well, so you can marinate it (teriyaki sauce, masala, etc) before  baking or add other spices and seasoning with salt and pepper. Get creative! Tofu is a great way to cut fat and save money on Meatless Monday!

 

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