Even if you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian, low-carb, tofu keto recipes are great for Meatless Mondays—or any other night of the week when you need a break from meat. Made from ground soybeans, tofu is a great source of plant-based protein and healthy nutrients. It’s also a great addition to low-carb vegetable recipes and it’s budget friendly to boot.
So, when your looking for low-carb or keto-friendly vegetarian recipes, look no further than easy and delicious dishes made with this soy-based ingredient. You can even use it to make a delicious Tofu Stir-Fry so good you’re won’t notice it’s technically healthy.
Is Tofu Keto Friendly?
Some people believe that tofu is keto friendly because it’s low in carbs and high in protein. However, others believe that tofu is not keto diet approved because it contains a high amount of carbs. Let’s explore the pros and cons of eating tofu on a ketogenic diet.
Why is tofu not keto?
Many people say that tofu is not keto because it’s made from soybeans, which are a gray area for those following a very clean, low-carb diet. Those on a very strict keto diet eliminate soy products because they are legumes high in phytoestrogens. These estrogen-like substances can cause hormonal imbalances that can interfere with weight loss and other health benefits of a ketogenic diet.
How is tofu keto?
Tofu is a plant-based protein that’s low in carbs and high in protein. It’s also a good source of calcium and iron. Tofu can be used in place of meat in many low-carb diet recipes.
How to Cook Tofu
The easiest way to cook tofu is to cut it into cubes and pan fry them. After pressing and draining the cubes, stir-fry them over medium-high heat in a small amount of oil until they are browned on all sides.
Not only is tofu a great ingredient for savory dishes, but you can use it in sweet ones as well, like the recipe for quick and easy Chocolate Tofu Pudding I included in this roundup.
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Lisa MarcAurele is a retired engineer who founded the food blog Low Carb Yum in 2010 to share simple recipes low in carbs. Her 5-Ingredient Keto Cookbook includes more than 120 easy recipes along with tips for those just getting started on a low-carb lifestyle.