Simple Swaps Can Help You Eat More Veggies, Lesson Your Environmental Footprint and Boost Heart Health

OAKLAND, CA, September 18, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Whether you are a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or looking to reduce your environmental footprint–and weekly grocery bill–enjoying meat-free meals is an easy way to celebrate World Vegetarian Day on October 1 and boost your health.

Vegetarian diets can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. In fact, swapping animal proteins for plant proteins can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. And consuming tofu more than once a week can lower the risk of heart disease by 18 percent (American Heart Association). Other plant-based proteins include beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

Tofu is an accessible, healthy protein that cooks up like chicken or meat. Alex Caspero, New York Times bestselling author, chef, and Registered Dietitian shares, “It’s easy to incorporate tofu into everyday American dishes like tacos, bowls, and salads. And there’s no nutrient loss because tofu is rich in unsaturated fats, calcium, and protein, so it offers benefits relative to meat.”

“If you are newer to tofu or looking to switch up your typical recipe, pre-seasoned tofu is an excellent option. We pre-marinate the tofu so you can use it straight from the package, it doesn’t get any more convenient on a busy weeknight,” shares Hodo Founder and CEO Minh Tsai.

Caspero shares “My go-to is Hodo. Their artisan tofu is hand-crafted and is made from a higher-protein soymilk that is super rich and creamy. Hodo products have a depth of flavor and complexity that’s delicious.”

Simple Swaps: 5 Easy Ways to Use Tofu Instead of Chicken or Beef

1. Swap chicken nuggets for tofu nuggets for an easy meal the whole family can enjoy. Feeling adventurous? Mix Thai Curry Nuggets with noodles and peanut sauce, or enjoy cold on a salad.
2. Fire up your Air Fryer to transform extra firm tofu into an extra delicious (and easy!) Tofu Skewer.
3. Mince a few fresh herbs to create this refreshing Tofu Lettuce Wrap
4. Skip the eggs to create this Vegan Rainbow Pad Thai.
5. Sauté Organic Miso Tofu and add to prepared ramen soup.

Fire up your Air Fryer and click here for the complete recipe.
1 (8oz) package Hodo Indian Spiced Tofu
2 tbsp oil, melted and divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 cup basmati or jasmine rice, soaked for 30 minutes
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp saffron
2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup fresh cilantro or microgreens
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

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About Hodo
Hodo is an award-winning, innovative, artisan tofu and plant-based company. Hodo’s plant-based meat- and egg-alternative foods and tofu are made with organic, non-GMO soybeans, and are protein-rich, nutrient-dense, and gluten-free. Featuring bold, global flavors in convenient, ready-to-eat formats, Hodo is tasty right out of the box.

Every day, Hodo is building a more environmentally sustainable food system. Beginning with one farmer’s market stand and growing to serve thousands of stores and restaurants nationwide, Hodo is committed to organic, whole ingredients and crafting better-for-you plant-based foods that are always delicious.

Hodo is a leading brand at Whole Foods, HEB, Wegman’s, Target, Safeway Albertsons, The Fresh Market, and Natural Grocers. Hodo is also available through meal kits and grocery delivery such as Imperfect Foods, Misfits Market, Gobble, and Purple Carrot.

Hodo supplies ingredient-driven foodservice partners such as Chipotle (the Sofritas), sweetgreen, corporate campus restaurants from Google to Facebook, chef-driven counter service such as Superiority Burger, and Michelin-starred restaurants such as State Bird Provisions and Single Thread.

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