People say it all the time. “I love vegetables but my family just won’t eat them.”
And so, the refrigerator stays empty for purely economic reasons. What’s the sense in buying a purple globed eggplant if it’s only doomed to see the dark side of a trash can?
(Because, you know, the dog won’t touch that purple thing-y either.)
Each family—each individual—has a unique eating style, with very different eating dynamics & habits. But that’s just it. They’re habits. And any habit can be changed over time.
I’ve told the story of my picketing tofu as a little girl. Or how I ate three cheeseburgers, a large fry and a milk shake from McDonalds because the “food” never quite filled me up. Or how I fought my brother for the end rinds of a pepperoni stick because this was the best part.
But then. Things changed.
Slowly. Not overnight. Someone decided that whole wheat pasta might be a good idea. This caused a minute stir with my household clan, but mixing half wheat and half white seemed to smooth things over just enough before we eventually able to progress towards all whole wheat. Tastebuds adjusted.
And then we began experimenting with other things too. Roasted vegetables vs. boiled. Quinoa and millet and bulgur in place of white rice. Beans, lentils and fish vs. always (always) having poultry or red meats. I honestly can’t remember the last time Hamburger Helper has seen my house, but nobody seems to miss him much. We do still enjoy our beef, especially the local, grass fed cuts. But the shift has changed from a fast food kind of diet to one that’s more deliciously satisfying and plant based, with some meat thrown in on the side. I finally feel full, content and energetic.
So yes. Habits can change. They can continue to change. Slowly but surely. It’s not an overnight thing. But if you’re willing to encourage your family to just try a few bites of a new food, showing them that you yourself are enthralled with their freshness and flavor, things will change. Or, at the very least, you yourself will be eating better. Which is enough reason to buy that purple eggplant, or that big ol’ bag of walnuts, or that gorgeous piece of salmon that you’ve been eyeballing from the other isle. Take care of you. And in that way, you’ll be taking care of them.
No hungry dogs or deep, dark trash cans necessary.
Grilled BBQ Tofu Steaks
Aside from stir fries, this is one of my favorite ways to cook and eat tofu. The freezing and pressing changes the texture of tofu from being soft to firm. Since the tofu takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it, choose your favorite sauce. Serve with grilled veggies, sauteed peppers and onions, roasted cauliflower and your favorite starchy side. Enjoy! 😀
- 1 package of extra-firm tofu, drained
- 4 Tbsp. of BBQ sauce (I used Bone Suckin’ Sauce)
- Place tofu between two plates, and cover the top plate with a heavy jar in order to press out the liquid from the tofu. Takes about 15-20 minutes.
- Slice the tofu in half lengthwise and place in plastic bag. Freeze overnight or for at least several hours. Remove from freezer and microwave to dethaw, when ready to use.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Spray two sheets of foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Place tofu on a plate and smother with the BBQ sauce on each side. Let sit for about 20 minutes, while letting the grill preheat.
- Place tofu on the prepared foil pieces and cook on the grill until beginning to brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until other side is browned as well. Serve immediately or save for later as a sandwich topper and ENJOY!