May is not only National Asparagus Month and National Barbecue Month, it’s also the ideal time to discover how soyfoods and simple recipes can enhance your warm-weather meals. The Soyfoods Council offers easy recipe ideas on its website. Check out the recipe for Grilled Asparagus with Tofu-Tamari Dressing to kick off grilling season, and Cream of Asparagus Soup with Soymilk to feature a flavor of spring.
For grilled asparagus, it’s best to start with large, firm asparagus. Before grilling, marinate the asparagus in olive oil, and sprinkle with a little salt. The Tofu-Tamari dressing complements the fresh flavors of grilled asparagus. It combines soft, water-packed tofu, fresh garlic, the juice and zest of fresh lemons, tamari or soy sauce, olive oil and toasted black or plain sesame seeds.
Another flavorful recipe featuring the compatible pairing of fresh asparagus and soy is Cream of Asparagus Soup. Ingredients include blanched asparagus along with leek, onion, celery, vegetable stock and soymilk. The soup is seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne and nutmeg, and then garnished with asparagus tips. Serve it with a spring salad and grilled ciabatta bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh herbs.
One serving of soyfoods—including ingredients like soymilk, tofu, soynuts and edamame—offers 7 to 15 grams of high-quality protein.
Visit the Soyfoods Council website for these recipes featuring soy and asparagus, and other ideas for grilling season. You’ll also find health information and cooking tips. New recipes are constantly being added, so bookmark the site and visit it often: www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.