Tofu is a traditional product from China, also known as bean curd, and is made from coagulated soy milk. It’s an excellent source of protein and calcium. It has a subtle flavour and can be used in a variety of dishes. It comes in many forms, but I like to use fresh tofu in either firm (tofy cutlets, tofu steaks), semi-firm (perfect for making patties or scrambled tofu) and silken tofu for desserts.
Tempeh is a traditional soy product from Indonesia, which is made from fermented whole soy beans which are then formed into a compact shape. It has a firm texture and a nutty flavour and compared to tofu, it is higher in protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.
Sprouted Rice Cheese is a relatively new discovery for me and I’m hooked. I try not to eat it often, and limit myself to once a week, at most. It’s a non-dairy cheese, for the lack of a better term, made from whole grain sprouted rice. It’s creamy and delicious and melts really nicely when heated. It can be used to make grilled cheese sandwiches or in place of mozzarella in a lasagne or oven baked casserole. It comes in regular and smoked. The brand I used here in Italy is called Mozzarisella. I’m not sure if a similar product exists in North America, but I have seen it on the menu of a new vegan restaurant in Toronto, called Bello Bio, so they may be able to tell you where you find it.
Fresh Herbs & Spices are essential to completing the dish and I usually like to use ginger, basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, green onion, parsley and garlic.
Non Dairy Milks include soy milk, rice milk, almond milk and other grain milks such as oat, or millet can be used for breakfast and in various preparations in place of regular milk.
Fish & Seafood should be sustainably harvested, fresh and local.
Macrobiotic Tips for Fish & Seafood
Many people who follow a macrobiotic diet chose to also be vegan for a variety of reasons. However, following the macrobiotic philosophy does not necessarily mean being vegan. Fish is permitted, and it is advised to eat it 2 to 3 times a week. If you choose to eat fish, it is advisable to select from a variety of non-fatty fish including:
- white carp, cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, sole, trout red snapper.
- Grains & Pasta
- Beans & Legumes
- Other Pantry Items such as Nuts & Seeds, Natural Sweetners, Baking Essentials, etc…
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