Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kickstart a healthy diet during National Soy Foods Month

April is National Soy Foods Month and we would love to introduce you to House Foods America (www.house-foods.com), the premium tofu purveyor and specialist since 1983.

The perfect way to celebrate National Soy Foods Month and kick-start healthier summer eating habits is by exploring the various ways to cook soy products, such as House Foods’ selection of Premium Tofu products that are made with non-genetically modified (non-GMO) soybeans grown right here in the U.S.  In addition to regular tofu, House Foods also has several varieties of tofu shirataki noodles, a healthy pasta alternative made from blending the root of the Konnyaku, a member of the yam family, and tofu. 

House Food’s tofu comes in a variety of firmness levels, ranging from soft to extra firm, making it simple for home-cooks to create lighter (yet equally satisfying) recipes this spring.  Love smoothies?  Then try House Foods’ Tofu Mango Smoothie recipe (below), a velvety drink that blends mango, orange juice, honey, milk, and House Foods Soft (Silken) Tofu into one satisfying and healthy smoothie.

If you’re a grilling fan, use House Foods’ Extra Firm Tofu, which has a firm texture similar to meat.  The House Foods’ Tofu and Tomato Skewers with Herb Sauce recipe (below) is a unique and tasty addition to any spring soiree.

For the perfect side dish, try House Foods’ BLT Pasta Salad recipe (below), created by Hungry Girl, which combines Tofu Shirataki noodles with smoky bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and chopped scallions.  With only 20 calories per 4 oz serving of House Foods’ Tofu Shirataki, one can indulge in this decadent pasta salad without feeling the guilt!


Tofu Mango SmoothieHouse Foods’ Mango Tofu Smoothie
Serves 1
½ package (7 oz) House Foods Premium Tofu Soft, drained
½ cup orange juice
1 ½ cups frozen mango
3 Tbsp honey
½ cup milk or soy milk

Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.  Serve cold and enjoy!





House Foods’ Tofu and Tomato Skewer with Herb Sauce 
Tofu Tomato Skewer with Herb SauceMakes 10 skewers
1 package House Foods Extra Firm Tofu
20 cherry tomatoes
10 bamboo skewers
Sauce
1 clove garlic
1 large Shallot
½ bundle Italian parsley
 ½ bundle cilantro
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
½ Tbsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly grounded black pepper
¼ tsp red pepper flake
1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil  

Wrap tofu with paper towel and place on plate. Put it in microwave for about a minute to remove excess moisture.

In a food processor put garlic, shallot and give it a quick whirl. To it add Italian parsley, cilantro and give it another whirl.  In a bowl place chopped herbs and add vinegar, salt, black pepper, red flake, and extra virgin olive oil. Mix them together.

Cut tofu in cubes in the same size as tomatoes.  Place two tofu cubes and two tomatoes alternately on skewers. Brush tofu with the sauce and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Brush a couple more times until grill mark is shown. Brush tofu again before serving.


imgHouse Foods’ BLT Pasta Salad
Created by Hungry Girl
Serves 1
1 (8 oz) package House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped
¼ cup torn lettuce leaves
2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
2 tbsp real crumbled bacon bits
1 tbsp chopped scallions
1 tbsp fat-free or reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tbsp fat-free or reduced-fat sour cream

Rinse and drain Shirataki noodles well. Pat dry using paper towels. Put in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave for 1 minute. Drain excess liquid and pat dry. Cut noodles 3-4 inch lengths. Refrigerate until completely chilled.

Add all ingredients to the noodles and mix well.  Serve cold.

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