Tofu. Mmmmmm! Some of you may be grimacing right now upon just hearing the word. My husband, Jonny, is one of them. He is not and has not ever been a tofu fan. However… if he eats something and doesn’t know it’s tofu and likes it… then, that’s a different story!
Case in point #1: I found Mama Pea’s Slow Cooker BBQ Tofu recipe and decided to give it a whirl! I added pineapple, onions, mushrooms, and green peppers – all of which Jonny thoroughly enjoys. I threw it in the crockpot in the morning and by evening, we had a hot and steamin’ dinner prepared! I spooned out hearty portions and served my husband, telling him it was a new “chicken” dish I had been wanting to try. “Mmmm, this is good!” he exclaimed. Sold! Or so I thought, until he said, “The consistency of this chicken is different.” My heart started beating. “Oh that?” I replied, thinking fast, “It’s because I cooked it in the crockpot. The crockpot made the chicken like that!” Thump, thump, thump. “Oh ok,” Jonny said in between bites. Whew! He bought it!
I love you, Husband, but sometimes you are so gullible! (Like the time I told him Zoey was part cat which explained some of her peculiar habits… to which he believed and passed this information onto his dad! Woops!) Anyway, at the end of our dinner, we both had full bellies. I was so proud of my accomplishment of tricking Jonny into eating (and liking!) tofu. I was SO satisfied that I felt like he had to know the truth. Maybe it would make him be more accepting of tofu in the future? No dice. “I knew that wasn’t chicken!” “Yeah, but you liked it,” I countered. “It was alright.” Right. It was sooooo goooooood until he found out it was tofu!
Case in point #2: I stumbled upon another recipe that sounded tasty – Crispy Parmesan Tofu! (I can’t remember/find where I got this recipe from. #prebloggingfail) I tossed the tofu in panko crumbs, parmesan, and some seasoning, stuck it in the oven and crossed my fingers this would be Jonny-approved. “What is that?” he asked as I took it out of the oven. “It’s chicken,” I said. It worked (somewhat) the first time, maybe it would work again?
“Go ahead, taste it. Tell me what kind of sauce you want with it,” I encouraged. He popped one in his mouth. “Did you say this was chicken or fish?” “Ummm…. fish! Yeah, it’s tilapia!” (Hey, if he thinks it’s fish… I’m going with it!) Jonny could actually see the white part under the breading, so I figured tilapia (a white fish) would be a more reasonable response than chicken. We proceeded to eat the tofu and again, Jonny LOVED it! This time, I couldn’t even help myself because he had raved about it so much. “It was actually Tofulapia!” I blurted out. All of a sudden, Jonny was “still hungry” because it didn’t fill him up. Two seconds before, he was stuffed. Funny how that works out.
Note: Tofu is NOT completely tasteless! (I just thought this cartoon was really funny.) The beauty of tofu is that it takes on whatever flavor you cook it with. I can’t wait to
trick the husband make many more delicious tofu meals! In fact, he is becoming fond tolerable of tofu now that it’s making an appearance more often thanks to my tofu press and my random tofu recipes. Hmm, I wonder what I should cook for dinner tonight…
Are you a tofu fan?