Southern Fried Tofu with Sweet Potatoes — Meatless Monday

Tofu: not just for vegetarians.
Southern-Fried Tofu
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It's no secret that vegetarians love tofu — after all, it gives a boost of protein to meals that would otherwise be lacking — but, believe it or not, even the meat eaters among us can and should enjoy the benefits of tofu. Yes, it's chock-full of protein, meaning that it will keep you full. But beyond the functionality of it and into flavor, it's a culinary blank canvas, which means that you can pair it with seemingly countless ingredients to complete your meal. When you're shopping for tofu, keep an eye out for the different kinds of available. While silken tofu can be blended into smoothies, the firm and extra-firm kinds can star in soup, or be treated like hunks of meat, as they do in the recipe from Food Network Magazine pictured above.

The tofu in this Southern Fried Tofu with Sweet Potatoes gets the chicken-fried treatment: It's marinated in hot sauce-spiked buttermilk and coated in a double dredge of seasoned flour, just as chicken legs and thighs would be. Since the tofu is extra-firm, it can stand up to the high heat of a deep fry, and after just a few minutes in the oil it develops the crispy, golden-brown crust you crave. Round out the plate with Southern-style sides like tender sweet potato rounds and cool coleslaw for an easy meal in a hurry.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more meat-free recipes.

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