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Charcoal vs. Propane, What’s Best?

BBQ Masters – Grilling with Propane or with Charcoal – Which is Better?

Summer is now in full swing, and grills around the country are fired up and furiously cooking up burgers, dogs, steaks, chicken, and more. Backyard grilling is one of the simple pleasures of life, and a favourite pastime of Canadians from coast to coast.

However, although we can all agree that barbecuing is a great way to cook, there is some debate on which type of grill is truly the best. Should you spend your cash on a propane gas barbecue, or a classic charcoal-fueled grill? While both have their advantages, each grill master will need to make their own choice based on how they prefer their grill to work and their food to taste.

In this article, we’re going to break down the essentials you need to know on how to choose between propane gas or charcoal for your backyard grill, as well as the different pros and cons of each type of grill. Let’s get right in to it!

About Propane Gas Grills

Propane grills are the most common type of barbecue that you’ll find in backyards and on patios all over Canada. They are available in all sizes, from compact gas grills that can be used for camping, up to massive 5- or 6-burner behemoths that can cook up massive amounts of food for large gatherings.

These grills use a tank of liquid propane as their fuel. The liquid propane turns to gas as it exits the tank and flows through the pipes of the grill, before being ignited as it exits the burners of the grill. Most propane grills use a battery-operated electric starter for easy one-touch ignition.

Although propane is the most common gas used for grilling, natural gas can also be used. Most modern grills can be converted to use natural gas and connect directly to the gas line of your home. This means you are always ready to grill and never run out of gas.

Why Choose a Propane Grill?

Propane gas grills have many advantages, which is why they are so common and popular. They’re easy to use and heat up quickly, which means that you can get the food cooking right away. For grill masters who want to spend more of their time cooking and less time waiting for the grill to heat up, propane is the way to go.

Grilling on a propane barbecue is quite easy, and the ability to quickly adjust the heat means that you can have plenty of control over the consistency of your cooking. You can dial the heat up or down independently for each burner, which means you can have one side hotter than the other for different foods to cook simultaneously.

Propane grills are relatively easy to clean and maintain as well. You’ll need to regularly brush the grills and clean or replace the grease drip tray, as well as inspect the gas lines and connections from time to time.

The propane used to fuel these grills is readily available, and can be obtained at most hardware stores, gas stations, and even supermarkets. When getting your tank refilled, the employee will check the date stamp on the tank and inspect it to ensure it is still safe and in proper working order. If it doesn’t meet these requirements, they will offer to replace the tank with a new one for a fee and will dispose of your old one for you. A new propane tank, which is usually sold empty and will need to be filled, runs about $50 for a standard 20lb tank.

Disadvantages of Gas Grills

Although propane gas grills are the most common and popular type of grill right now, they are not without some disadvantages. For example, while you can purchase smoker boxes for gas grills, they are generally not as efficient or effective at infusing different smoky flavours in to your food as a true smoker or charcoal grill would be.

In addition, dealing with propane tanks can be frustrating if you’re grilling a lot and need to head to the refill station often. Your average refill cost for a 20lb tank is usually around $15-$20, which can add up fast over the course of a summer.

Initial setup and building of a gas grill can take a fair amount of time as well. Although many retailers will offer to build it for you at no cost, if you take the initiative to build it yourself you can expect to spend at least a couple of hours getting everything unpacked, sorted, and assembled before you are ready to cook.

About Charcoal Grills

Many of us will undoubtedly have fond memories of summer cookouts from our childhood, where the highlight of the meal was always a burger full of rich, smoky flavour, hot off a charcoal barbecue. For a lot of grill masters, this nostalgia for simpler times and big flavours have driven their dedication to charcoal grills.

Charcoal grilling isn’t much more work than using propane, but there is definitely a technique that you’ll develop the more you do it. Getting the right timing on when to start the grill and how long to heat it up is essential, but once you do it a few times it gets easier.

Charcoal grills work by laying a layer of charcoal chunks in the base of the barbecue and igniting them. The charcoal is allowed to burn and heat up for a period of time in order to get the cooking surface up to the right temperature.

To ignite the charcoal, we recommend using a chimney starter. These special devices are specially designed to make it fast and easy to light charcoal without the need for lighter fluid, which can leave an unpleasant taste in the food. With a chimney starter you’ll never need to use lighter fluid again, so your grilling experience will be safer, and your food will taste better.

Why Choose a Charcoal Grill?

Using a charcoal barbecue will ensure that the foods you cook have a very distinctive flavour which comes from the smoke circulating around the food. This flavour can easily be changed or altered using different types of charcoal or adding special wood chips, such as Applewood or hickory.

The cost of charcoal can vary, anywhere from $5 for a small bag up to $20 for a bigger bag of premium charcoal. Lump charcoal tends to be the preferred choice for experienced grillers, while briquettes are slightly less expensive.

Maintaining a charcoal grill is quite simple, and usually just requires that you keep the grill grates clean by brushing them regularly, and that the ashes from the charcoal are removed and disposed of safely. Occasionally inspecting the whole grill is also a very good idea to check for any other wear and tear.

Disadvantages of Charcoal Grills

Although cooking with charcoal can be learned quite easily, the process of grilling with charcoal is still more complex than simply using propane. It requires more attention to the heat in the grill, as hot spots and cold spots can develop depending on the thickness and consistency of the charcoal layer. If you’re not careful and attentive, you could end up with some food over-cooked, and some food under-cooked.

In addition, while the smoky taste associated with charcoal grills is a big selling feature for many people, there are some instances where it can overpower the taste of some types of foods. Whatever goes on to a charcoal grill will inevitably come off with a smoky flavour, so it’s important to be aware of that when you’re planning your meal.

Which type of grill should you choose for your backyard?

Now, we’ve come to the big question; Which is better, charcoal or propane? To be perfectly honest, the answer is both and neither. Charcoal and propane are both great ways to grill, and each have their distinct advantages. Ultimately, the best choice for your backyard depends on your own desires and needs.

Do you want a grill that’s very easy to use, convenient & predictable when cooking? Then we’d recommend going with propane.

Do you like to experiment with different flavours and get creative with your food? You sound like a charcoal person.

After You Choose Your Grill

Once you find the type of grill that suits your personality and cooking style, we’ve got plenty of other resources that you can use to find amazing delicious low carb recipes to test out your new grill and hone your skills.

We’ve got recommendations for cool bbq gadgets, great summer grilling recipes, guides for cleaning your grill, and even ideas for making your own marinades and sauces.

Whatever type of grill you end up with, we hope that it helps bring you and your family plenty of good times and great food!

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Start To Discover Trail Running

Get Fit this Summer with these Trail Running Tips

Running is renowned as one of the best aerobic exercises that there is, and provides many benefits including strengthening your bones and muscles, improving your cardiovascular health, and maintaining a healthy body weight. It’s something that you can do with a partner, group, or just hit the road alone for some personal solitude.

When it comes to getting outside and adding more exercise to your lifestyle, there are few things simpler than running. You just need a decent pair of shoes, some comfortable clothes, and the desire to get out and start putting some miles in.

However, running the same old routes on the same old streets can become monotonous after a while, so it’s important to change things up from time to time.

This summer you might want to give trail running a shot, it’s a better workout than running on a sidewalk or street, and it gives you completely different surroundings to enjoy – so let’s explore the basics of what trail running is all about.

What is Trail Running?

Trail running is quite simply using unpaved trails that wind through forests and up and down hills as your running track instead of sidewalks or roads. Think of it as the running equivalent of mountain biking.

Trail running is all about getting out in the natural environment and experiencing the twisty paths that lead you through beautiful scenery as you exercise.

Trail running can be done virtually anywhere, but it does require a slightly different approach than running on the roads does. Some basic familiarity with the trails is important, as there are often many side-trails that can branch off and head in different directions. Knowing your position and direction will help you avoid getting lost or turned around as you run, especially on new trails.

Aside from that, there are a few tips that we’d like to share that will get you started down the right path and help you make the most of your time on the trails.

Start with the Shoes

In any kind of running, the most important piece of equipment is a good quality pair of shoes. Trail running shoes are built a little differently than traditional road running shoes or cross-trainers in order to deal with the varied terrain and conditions that trail runners will encounter.

While all running shoes will generally feature shock absorption and lightweight materials, trail runners will have much more aggressive tread patterns on the soles to provide greater traction. They will also feature more durable materials in the uppers to better endure abrasion from rocks and other obstacles on the trails.

Getting your shoes to properly fit is essential to a good running experience, so do some online research and then go into your local sports store and have them show you the various styles that are out there.

Each manufacturer will have a slightly different shape and some will suit your feet better than others, so take the time to try on at least one from each manufacturer before you make a selection.

Your feet will thank you for the extra effort in choosing the right shoes.

Consider Taking a ‘Learn to Run’ Class

One of the biggest mistakes beginner runners make is heading out with the assumption that they already know how to run. What they may not realize is that the demands on your body that are experienced during brief runs while playing outdoor games are a lot different than those you’ll endure by heading out for a brisk 3-5k jog.

Proper stride and pacing are extremely important to make sure that you avoid injury and don’t over-exert yourself before your body is conditioned for longer runs. Just like any other exercise, it’s best to start small and easy, and then gradually work your way up to more challenging routines, and trail running is no different.

The best thing beginner runners can do to avoid these potential pitfalls when just starting out is to take a ‘learn to run’ class. Many specialty fitness stores and running shops will have organized runs for their customers and often provide instruction and tips for beginners to help them learn the proper way to run safely.

We recommend that you check out running shops in your local area and inquire about their next learn to run class. It’s a great way to learn the fundamentals quickly, as well as meet new people who could potentially become your new running friends and give you additional support and motivation to achieve your fitness goals.

Gear Up & Be Prepared

Although the essential gear for trail running is just shoes, you’ll quickly find that there are a few other items that can make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable the more you do it.

For example, while sweatpants and a t-shirt are totally fine for running, there are many types of lightweight sportswear that are better at wicking away moisture and keeping you comfortable in a range of temperatures. Most trail runners will want to invest in a good set of running clothing including shorts, shirt, leggings, and long-sleeve top so that you have different combos to choose from depending on the weather, and the type of terrain your running through

You’ll also want a good pair of light weight, sport sunglasses to help protect your eyes. Pick a pair of shades that breath well, to avoid discomfort. A runner’s pack is also helpful to store your keys, phone, and trail map and keep them organized. You can also use the pack to hold your water or sports drink to keep you hydrated, and energy bars to stay powered up. For areas that are a bit more remote and when running further away from urban centers, you may want to carry a bear whistle and some bear spray. While the chances of encountering bears are generally small, as the old saying goes, it’s better to have something and not need it than it is to need it and not have it.

Follow the Rules of the Trail

Whenever you head out on the trails, there are some habits and rules that are generally accepted as good manners and common sense that we recommend all trail runners keep in mind.

First, if possible, it’s better to try to head out with a partner or a group. Aside from the obvious motivation and companionship benefits, being with a friend or group also provides a lot more safety in the event that something goes wrong.

Be respectful of other trail users, too. You’ll be encountering cyclists, hikers, and walkers enjoying the trails too, so be sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times and don’t startle others as you pass them. This is especially true with trail users who may be walking dogs that become startled easily or aggressive to strangers. Safety first.

Keeping with the ‘safety first’ mindset, it’s also a good idea to lower the volume on your headphones if you prefer to listen to music while you run. Of course, you can safely crank up the tunes while working out in the gym, but when you’re outside it’s a good idea to keep the volume set  so you can still hear your surroundings and stay safe.

Lastly, if you pack it in, then pack it out. Any protein bar wrappers or empty bottles must be disposed of properly, which means bringing them with you until you find the appropriate bin for them. Leave only footprints!

Get Out & Get Fit

Now is the time to experience the simple pleasures of trail running, so get out your running shoes, call your friends, and head out for your next adventure! We’re sure that you’ll have a great time adding this exciting and fun activity in to your healthy living lifestyle that the whole family can enjoy. Get out there and explore!

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Guide to Fresh Seasonal Fruits in Canada

Seasonal Fruit Guide – When to Choose the Best Fruits

When you browse the fruit section of your local supermarket or grocery store, you’ll likely see many of the same options no matter what time of year it may be. You’ll also see many fruits come and go from the aisles as the months change through the year, as local suppliers conduct their harvests over the different growing seasons.

When you’re shopping for fruit, it helps to know what times of year are best to find certain types of fruits, whether they be imported from far away or grown locally. These seasonal trends have a big impact on the freshness of the fruit that you have to choose from, as well as the different types of taste characteristics of the fruit. Knowing when the best time of year to buy fruit is will also help your fruit last longer once you get it home and ensure that it will have even better taste in your recipes.

This guide helps break down the types of fruit that are at their best at the various seasons of the year, especially when made available from local farmers. For this reason, we’ve kept our focus on the types of fruits that are generally grown across Canada.

Spring Fruits – April – June

Although spring is still very early in terms of most types of fruit harvests, especially in many parts of Canada, there are still some kinds of fruits that grow relatively quickly once the weather begins to get warm. Here are some examples of fruits that can be found to be very fresh towards the end of spring in late May and in to June in some of the most southern parts of Canada.

  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb

Summer Fruits – July – September

Summer, of course, is prime season for growing a wide variety of fruits. We’re sure that the selection at your grocery store of locally-harvested fruits will definitely be at its peak in the summer, and you’ll be able to find some of the best tasting fruits at local farmers markets and specialty fruit stands. Here are just a few of the delicious fresh fruits that you can expect to be at their best from Canadian farmers in the summer months.

  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Plums
  • Nectarines

 

Autumn Fruits – October – December

Many of the fruits that come in to season in the late months of the summer continue their growing season in to the early fall as well. These tend to be the larger or heartier fruits that require more time before they are ready to harvest, as well as those fruits such as many types of berries that can be harvested more than once throughout the summer and autumn. Here are some of the most common fruits you’ll find in season during the fall.

  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Plums

Winter Fruits – January – March

While it may seem like a bit of a stretch to consider some fruits as ‘in season’ during the winter months of January, February, and March, you can still find a couple of popular Canadian-grown fruits on the supermarket shelves during this time.

  • Apples
  • Rhubarb

Additional Guides for Fruit Shoppers

There are many other resources that you can use to get even more detail on what fruits will be in season in your particular area. For example, Foodland Ontario has put together a helpful page on their website that lists the seasonality of Ontario-grown produce. The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets has a similar page on their site, listing the common availability of seasonal produce in British Columbia.

Use these resources and those from other provincial farmers organizations as a reference to get even more information on what kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables you can find in your local area.

The Best Fruits for the Low Carb Diet

Knowing the best time of year for buying fresh fruit is certainly helpful, no matter what diet you’re on. However, for low carb dieters it’s also essential to know how to pick the best fruits based on their carb counts and sugar content as well. Fortunately we’ve got a helpful guide to The Best and Worst Fruits and Vegetables that is designed to help low carb dieters make good choices when shopping in the produce aisle.

Better Fruit Means Better Taste

Once you start getting more in-tune with the seasonality of fruit in your local area, you’ll start to discover the little differences that fresh fruit can make in your meal plans and recipes. Whether you’re planning on making a delicious and healthy smoothie or are in need of some fresh berries for a decadent low carb dessert, you’re going to want the freshest fruit you can find. Things will taste better, your fruit will last longer, and you’ll be more satisfied with your shopping trips as a result.

We certainly hope that this guide to finding the best seasonal fruits has been helpful for you and wish you all the best of luck when hunting for the best fruit at your local markets!

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Find Plenty of Protein in Tasty Vegetables

How to Find the Best Vegetables with the Highest Protein Content

It goes without saying that vegetables are an essential part of any balanced diet, and especially as part of the healthy low carb lifestyle. Vegetables provide many of the essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthy, aid in digestion, and give us the energy we need to enjoy active living. That said, not all vegetables are created equal, and many of them have benefits and advantages that are not commonly known or easy to see.

That’s why we’ve put together this helpful list of vegetables that not only taste great and are high in many nutrients and vitamins, but also contain high levels of protein. Protein is a valuable part of the low carb diet, as it helps promote healthy muscle development, gives us long-lasting energy, and satisfies our appetites more effectively than carbohydrates.

Using this list, you’ll be able to identify vegetables that are rich in protein and can be used as alternative ingredients in many popular recipes in order to boost their protein content and make them even better for low carb dieters.

Edamame

Edamame are green soy beans that are boiled or steamed in their pods, and usually lightly salted. Common in Asian cuisine, edamame is renowned for its great taste and are often served as appetizers or side dishes. In addition to being loaded with protein, these tasty little soy beans are high in dietary fibre and very low in carbs.

Edamame can easily be used as an additional green vegetable in a wide variety of dishes. Toss some in to green salads for some extra flavour and protein or use them as an additional vegetable in all kinds of soups and stews.

Spinach

Spinach has definitely surged in popularity in the last several years, driven in part by widespread adoption of vegetable-heavy diets like the low carb diet. Spinach is an extremely versatile leafy green, and not just for salads. Many people are using it as a topping for sandwiches, burgers, and in wraps. It can also be sautéed and served with a variety of meats or used as a vibrant green bed for seafood and fish dishes. The list goes on!

Spinach is loaded with iron and many essential vitamins, and also has a relatively high value of protein. When it comes to choosing a leafy green for your next salad, spinach definitely brings more nutrient value to the table than your typical iceberg lettuce. Give this spinach, avocado and goat cheese salad a try and see for yourself!

Brussels Sprouts

If you think that citrus fruits are the best way to get vitamin C in your diet, think again. 100g of Brussels sprouts has over 100% of your daily value for vitamin C, as well as plenty of fibre, potassium, vitamin A, and a hefty dose of protein. Brussels sprouts have a very robust taste that is perfect as a side dish for many roasted meat dishes, such as steak, pork, and chicken.

You can prepare Brussel sprouts in many different ways, such as steamed, boiled or sautéed, and can also be used as an ingredient in casseroles. The hearty flavour of this vegetable goes well with other flavours such as cheese and bacon, which low carb dieters will definitely find useful.

Kale

Often billed as a ‘superfood’, kale has really become a popular part of the healthy living culture in North America. Kale is a versatile leafy vegetable and can be used to make everything from a simple green salad, to crunchy chips for snacking, and even infused in to smoothies.

Kale is rich in many nutrients such as dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin K. It’s also got a decent amount of protein, making it a great vegetable choice for low carb dieters. Need more proof? Here’s a collection of 15 kale smoothie recipes that will make you a believer!

Broccoli

As if you needed another reason to keep broccoli on the menu, it’s also a source of protein. This popular vegetable has a million uses, and you’ll find it everywhere from veggie dip platters to pasta dishes, beside your steak or inside your salad. Broccoli is high in vitamin C, vitamin k, and fibre, making it a well-rounded vegetable in terms of nutrients.

Artichoke

Another great source of fibre, artichokes are a very tasty vegetable that is popular as an ingredient in dips, pasta, salads, and even on pizza. Here’s a delicious recipe for a low carb artichoke dip that is almost too good to be true!

Roasted artichokes are considered quite a delicacy and can be found in all kinds of recipes like frittatas, soups, and risottos. In addition to fibre, artichokes also contain good amounts of protein, potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium.

Expand Your Vegetable Horizons

If some of these vegetables seem new and unusual to you, it’s time to get outside your comfort zone and start trying some new things. If you’re challenged to look for new flavours and different ways to infuse more protein in to your weekly meal plans, these types of vegetables can help with both of those problems.

Getting more protein from vegetables in your low carb diet is simple, you just need to know where to look!

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South American Low Carb Recipe Ideas

Fantastic Low Carb Recipes Inspired by South American Cuisine

It’s time to head to the southern hemisphere for this article, as we take a look at some of the amazing low carb recipes we’ve discovered that are inspired by South American cuisine. Whether you’re a fan of empanadas, ceviche, or picanha, we’ve got all the classics covered in this collection of healthy and low carb meals.

South American foods are renowned for their robust flavours and fresh ingredients, including meats, vegetables, and a distinct palette of spices and seasonings. The most well-known dishes from the region tend to originate from the countries of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru and are heavily influenced by cooking styles that originated in Spain and Portugal.

Over time, however, chefs in South America have pioneered all kinds of unique recipes and cooking styles to establish a type of cuisine that truly stands apart. First, let’s take a closer look at some of these signature ingredients, and how they are used to produce some of the most popular dishes from the region.

Signature Ingredients of South American Cuisine

Meats

When it comes to cooking in South America, you’ll find no shortage of protein on the menu. Meat is a huge part of South American cuisine, and includes everything from the usual beef, chicken, and pork to all kinds of seafood and shellfish.

No matter what kind of meat is used, you’ll likely find that it has been heavily seasoned and often prepared by grilling. Soups and stews are also popular, but fresh grilled meats are the shining star of many dishes from countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

Spices

The reason South American meats are so famous around the world is not just the way they grill them, however. The big flavours that are synonymous with South American cooking are due to the wide variety of spices and seasoning that are used. You’ll find plenty of different peppers in South American seasonings, like cayenne and aji pepper, as well as paprika, oregano, thyme, and cilantro, just to name a few.

Vegetables & Other Ingredients

When it comes to vegetables, you’ll find nothing bland or boring in South American cooking. Plenty of peppers abound to add even more powerful flavours to the most popular dishes. You’ll also find beans, cassava, plantains, and grains like quinoa in many recipes that originate from this continent.

It’s now time to get to these amazing low carb recipes that will have you eager to hit the kitchen and get cooking with some South American flair, so let’s jump right in!

Moqueca de Camaroes – Brazilian Shrimp Stew

This hearty seafood stew is brimming with big Brazilian flavours and will warm you up from head to toe. It’s got a great combination of spicy heat and fresh herbs that will make your taste buds come alive. Pair a big bowl of this low carb stew with an ice cold beer (low calorie of course!) and you’ve got a match made in spicy food heaven!

Bolinhos Bacalhau – Brazilian Cod Fish Cakes

Fish plays a huge part in the culinary history of South America, and these fish cakes are made with a simple set of ingredients that have stood the test of time as essential elements of Brazilian cooking. Ready in just 20 minutes, these flavourful little cakes are perfect as an appetizer or a healthy low carb snack that everyone will love.

Beef and Chorizo Empanadas

If you like dumplings and perogies, then you’ve definitely got to try empanadas! These delicious meat-filled pastries make for a great dinner that’s quick and easy. The filling is a zesty blend of savoury beef and spicy chorizo sausage that will satisfy even the biggest appetite. Be sure to make some extra, because they won’t last long!

Authentic Brazilian Barbecue Picanha

Ever been to a Brazilian steakhouse and wonder how they make their barbecue beef so incredibly delicious? Well, this recipe delivers the secret! Making authentic grilled picanha takes a bit of practice, but the results are an amazingly tender cut of beef that you’ll simply devour. It’s just that good!

Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche in Endive

Ceviche is a truly fascinating dish, since the seafood used in it is actually cooked in the acids of citrus juice instead of using any heat. This produces a distinctive flavour for the shrimp in this recipe and gives it a tartness and zest that perfectly accentuates the light, fresh taste of the endive that it is served on. It’s an unusual, yet delicious appetizer that is sure to be a big hit.

Experience the Flavours of South America

When you’re crafting your next weekly low carb meal plan, why not inject some Latin flair in to your menu with some of these vibrant dishes? The unmistakable flavours of South America will be a welcome change of pace when you find the usual routine to be getting stale. With such bold tastes, simple ingredients, and low carb counts, these healthy recipes are sure to get the whole family fired up to try something new.

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Tofu Recipes Perfect for Low Carb Diets

Totally Tasty Tofu Recipes that Low Carb Dieters Will Love

Tofu has always been synonymous with healthy cooking, but many people are apprehensive about using it in their own kitchen because they’ve never really learned the finer points of how to cook with it. Well, that’s all about to change! We’ve gathered up a collection of the most awesome low carb tofu recipes we could find, and we’re here to share them with you today.

Cooking with tofu is actually really easy, so even the timidest of chefs should feel comfortable taking on these recipes. Before we get to the recipes however, we’re going to go through the basics of how to cook with tofu so you can be sure to get great results.

Basics of Cooking with Tofu

Drain the Water

Most tofu comes packed in water, so the first step to preparing it is to drain the water away. Tofu cooks best when it’s dry, so after the water has been drained, it’s generally recommended to gently press the tofu between some paper towels in order to squeeze out the excess water that was absorbed while it was in the package.

For absolute best results when making crispy tofu, many professionals recommend the tofu then be left to sit for several hours, or even overnight in the fridge, to help extract even more moisture. Remember that tofu is like a sponge, and if it’s full of water then it will be harder for new flavours to get absorbed and you’ll end up with a bland dish.

Tofu Coatings

For extra crispy tofu, or if you intend to use it as an ingredient in a stir fry, try lightly coating the tofu with cornstarch before you fry it. The thin coating helps to add extra crispness and also makes it easier for your stir fry sauce to cling to the tofu.

Avoid Oil Marinades

Due to the water content in the tofu, oil marinades are not as effective at penetrating the tofu and infusing it with flavour. If you are going to marinate your tofu, try other styles of marinades that use vinegar or soy as a base instead, and you’ll get better tasting results.

Keep the Pan Hot

One of the biggest mistakes made when cooking tofu, and one of the most easily avoidable, is putting the food in the pan when it’s not hot enough. For best results and nice, crispy tofu that’s evenly cooked, get the pan and oil nice and hot before you start frying in it – and keep it hot during the cooking process.

Now that you’ve got the basics on how to make great tofu, let’s check out the collection of recipes we’ve found!

Easy Tofu with Broccoli

Some of the best recipes are also some of the simplest. But don’t let the minimal combination of ingredients fool you, because this recipe tastes amazing. The crispy tofu absorbs the flavours of the garlic and ginger soy sauce, and when paired with fresh steamed broccoli, you’ve got a simple and elegant meal that’s extremely low carb.

Spicy Almond Tofu

This one is for those of us who like to turn up the heat on our food. This delicious dish uses an interesting spice mixture to provide a nice level of heat to the tofu, without going too intensely hot. The almonds and fresh vegetables go well with the spicy seasoning, and the crispy tofu adds a nice texture to the meal.

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites

You didn’t think that tofu would work as a snack or an appetizer? Well, this recipe begs to differ. It’s easy to make and delivers big flavour that you’ll want to munch on again and again. The spicy buffalo sauce goes great with the cool fresh taste of the cilantro avocado dip. This is definitely a great snack or appetizer for any occasion!

Instant Low Carb Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes chocolate tofu pudding! This brilliant recipe uses only four simple ingredients and is totally sugar-free. It’s got a great creamy texture, rich cocoa flavour, and is naturally sweetened with Stevia, making it perfect for low carb dieters and anyone else who is working to reduce their sugar intake.

Keto Tofu Scramble

This recipe is all about keeping things clean and simple, using fresh herbs and only the finest ingredients. It’s fast and easy to make and can be ready in just 10 minutes once the tofu is dried and ready to cook with. This meal is keto friendly and very low in carbs, making it a great option for all kinds of meal plans. The flavour is robust and gets captured quite well inside the crispy tofu, making for a very enjoyable meal.

Time for Tofu

As you can see, there are plenty of different ways you can try tofu as part of your low carb lifestyle. With these recipes, you’ll be inspired to try it as a main ingredient, as a snack, or even as a dessert! We’re sure that once you start experimenting with tofu, you’ll find even more interesting and delicious ways to serve it up.