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How to choose and store tofu

Soft, firm and extra-firm tofu are not only a delicious source of protein but also provide the basis for everything from sauces to stirfries and scrambles. Shefaly Ravula demystifies the most common types of tofu and offers tips on how to use and store them. She demonstrates how to make an orange dream silken smoothie. Once you have the technique down, customize this creamy treat with your choice of fruits, protein powder or flavorings.

Tempeh Tacos

Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans, gives a deep flavor and meaty texture to Dana Tomlin's vegetarian taco filling.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound plain tempeh
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • Pinch of pepper

Preparation

  1. Crumble tempeh into a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add tempeh and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 15-20 seconds until aromatic.
  3. Add chili powder, pepper, tamari, and water. Mix well and sauté a few minutes more until liquid evaporates. Note: Add additional oil if tempeh is sticking to pan.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with fresh corn tortillas and your favorite taco fixings.

 

Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop.

Cover photo courtesy of Sarah Stierch

How to make a banana whip

Banana whips are a staple of West Philly's biannual Dollar Strolls. Skip the lines and make your own banana whip at home by following these simple steps. 

Ingredients

  • One bunch of fair trade, organic bananas
  • Chocolate, coconut, or whatever you like as a topping

Please note, you will need a juicer to create a creamy, ice cream-like consistency. 

Preparation

  1. Peel and freeze bananas for at least 12 hours. 
  2. When you're ready to make your banana whips, thaw your bananas for a few minutes. Thawing the bananas makes them easier to cut. 
  3. Slice the bananas in half. 
  4. Push two halves of a banana through a juicer. One half - two thirds of a banana makes a 4 oz banana whip. 
  5. Top with chocolate, coconut, or whatever you please. 

Watch this: easy chicken stock

Making your own stock can seem daunting, but the extra flavor and cost savings of this easy stock make it so worthwhile.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken carcass
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 small carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 medium leek
  • 1 fresh garlic bulb, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • Pinch of salt Small bunch of thyme
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Water

Preparation

Place chicken carcass in a 1 gallon stock pot. Roughly chop onion, carrot, celery and leek to about the same size and add to the stock pot. Add all remaining ingredients and cover with cold water to about 1-2 inches above the level of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and remove any frothy residue or fat that rises to the surface. Simmer for about 30-45 minutes, skimming as necessary. Strain through a fine strainer, reserve the stock and discard the cooked vegetables and chicken.

Serving Suggestion Use chicken stock in place of water when making soups, rice and sauces for added flavor.

Authored by Brett Gacutan for Stronger Together. Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop.

Blanch and Freeze Fresh Vegetables

With the summer coming to a close, it's time to start thinking about preserving your summer harvest. Blanching is a great way to preserve peak color, flavor and nutrition in vegetables. Hilah Johnson takes us through the simple steps for blanching your fresh veggies. Once blanched, veggies and fruits can be frozen for long-term storage.  

Authored by Hilah Johnson for Stronger Together. Reprinted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find articles about your food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop.

Choosing the Perfect Steak

The key to a delicious steak is choosing the right cut of meat. Johnny Livesay, of Austin's Black Star Co-op, discusses marbling, grass-fed versus grain-fed beef, and the best cuts for your budget. The key to a delicious steak is choosing the right cut of meat. Johnny Livesay discusses marbling, grass-fed versus grain-fed beef, and the best cuts for your budget.