Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Soft Tofu a Delicious "Secret Weapon" in the Kitchen this Summer

Soft tofu an ideal ingredient for low-cal, cholesterol-free sauces, dressings and desserts

Dreaming of chocolate mousse even as you’re trying to maintain a healthy, balanced diet?  Wishing for a Caesar salad with a great dressing?  How about a delicious dip for your Pop Chips?

Now there’s a solution for home chefs who don’t want to pack on the calories and cholesterol but still crave some of their favorite dishes.  House Foods America, premium tofu purveyor since 1983, offers soft, silken tofu that can transform classic indulgent dishes into lighter, healthier and more satisfying ones.  Experts know that its creamy, silken texture makes tofu an ideal replacement in recipes calling for higher-fat creams and sauces.

What makes soft tofu special?  The main difference between soft and firm tofu lies in the production process.  At House Foods, all soy products begin with non-genetically engineered (non-GMO) soybeans grown in the United States.  After the soybeans are soaked, ground, filtered, and coagulated, the curd-like tofu is then poured into cloth-lined boxes and pressed to eliminate excess water, creating a sturdy and firm tofu.  Their soft tofu, however, is made by coagulating slightly thicker soymilk without pressing to remove water.  The final result is a thick, custard-like product that can then be used in a number of unique recipes.

Soft Tofu can be used as a lower-fat, cholesterol-free “secret” ingredient in a number of traditional recipes.  By replacing heavy cream, sour cream, or mayonnaise with soft tofu, the cook can eliminate unnecessary calories and fat and retain full flavor and texture.  House Foods offers a number of easy, traditional recipes that would please any family member.

The smooth consistency of soft tofu makes it a perfect replacement in homemade dressings, sauces, and party dips.  Appetizers such as spinach dip and onion dip are another category of food that are often addictively-good but packed with high-calories.  By swapping soft tofu for the required sour cream or cream cheese, one can create a satisfying dip with half the fat, since the tofu easily soaks in the other flavors in the recipe.  House Foods’ Roasted Red Pepper Dip is a healthier party option that still offers deep flavors. 

For dessert, soft tofu is also an excellent substitute for cream or egg when preparing baked goods or puddings.  House Foods’ Chocolate Mousse, which replaces soft tofu for traditional heavy cream, still offers rich and indulgent chocolate flavor. 

House Foods’ Tofu Caesar Salad Dressing

Makes approximately 7 oz. of dressing

½ (7 oz) block House Foods Premium Tofu Soft or Organic Tofu Soft, drained

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 clove garlic
½ teaspoon Worcestershire
3 tablespoons Parmesan or Pecorino Romano (finely grated)
1 ½ teaspoons anchovy paste
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¾ teaspoons salt
(Optional: ground black pepper to taste)

Cut tofu in half and place one half in blender. Store remaining half in refrigerator.  Place all remaining ingredients in blender or food processer and blend until smooth. 

Serve on salad or with finger-food.  

House Foods’ Roasted Red Pepper Dip

1 package (14oz) House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft
2 cups roasted red peppers
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients together.   Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
Serve with vegetables, crackers or seafood.

House Foods Chocolate Mousse

Serves 4-6 

1 package (14oz) House Foods Premium or Organic Soft Tofu
¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup of milk (can substitute coconut milk)
½ tablespoon vanilla
1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

Open the tofu package and strain water.  Remove House Foods Soft Tofu from package and blend in blender until smooth. 

With the stove on low or simmer, melt the chocolate-chips and milk in a pot stirring until smooth.   Add in House Foods Soft Tofu mixture and stir until it is blended evenly with the chocolate.  Stir in vanilla, cinnamon (and cardamom - optional). 

Quickly remove from heat, cool and set in fridge until becomes thick like a mousse.  (Prefer a pudding to a mousse?  If so, serve immediately after it has had a chance to cool out of the fridge.) 

Add your own personal twist to this recipe by considering some of the suggestions below:
  • ·         Top the pudding with toasted slivered almonds or other nuts, coconut shavings, or cocoa powder
  • ·         Replace the 1 tsp. ground cardamom with ½ tsp. chili powder for a spicy Mexican Chocolate Mousse
  • ·         Add a little agave nectar for an even sweeter pudding
  • ·         Add cookie crumbles and served layered in a parfait glass


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