During National Soyfoods Month in April, celebrate the many ways that soyfoods contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Make dips that pair soyfoods with seasonal fruits and vegetables for appetizers, enhance your favorite snacks and enrich your desserts. To help you celebrate this season of soy, the Soyfoods Council offers a variety of resources and recipe ideas. Visit the website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com for a selection of snack ideas, desserts and dip recipes for everything from berries to raw vegetables.
Here are four appetizing ways to dip into spring during National Soyfoods Month.
1. Appetizer dips for vegetables: The many available textures of tofu—silken tofu, soft, firm and extra firm tofu—make it a great choice for appetizer dips to serve with fresh vegetables. Soy cream cheese is also a natural for creating easy dips. The Tofu Dip Trio recipe from The Soyfoods Council includes Curry Dip, Roasted Red Pepper Dip and Sundried Tomato Dip. Curry Dip is made with soy cream cheese flavored with curry powder. Roasted Red Pepper Dip features silken tofu, roasted red bell peppers, pitted kalamata olives, vegetable oil, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce. Tofu Tomato Dip combines silken tofu, sundried tomatoes, Ranch seasoning mix, plain soymilk, dried minced onion, garlic powder and chopped fresh chives.
2. Edamame Dip for crackers: For a fresh dip idea that can be made in a food processor, combine cooked edamame, soybean oil, cumin, fresh lemon juice, salt and garlic. This dip can be served with soy crisps, your favorite crackers or raw vegetables.
3. Fruit Dip: Enjoy a little soy along with fresh berries this spring. It’s easy when you pair strawberries with Lemon Cream Fruit Dip, using one-third fat cream cheese, soft silken tofu, marshmallow crème and the zest of one lemon.
4. Dessert Dips and Spreads: Chocolate Soynut Spread is a satisfying chocolaty combination made in a food processor with salted soynuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered sugar and soybean oil. Spread it on fruit breads, or on shortbread-style cookies. As a complement for fresh fruit desserts, Caramel Dip is made with firm silken tofu, lemon juice, brown sugar and salt.
The nutrition and versatility of soyfoods have made it simple for more Americans to enjoy plant-based protein. It’s easy to adapt your favorite recipes to include soyfoods, too. Options include a variety of tofu styles, frozen or fresh edamame, soymilk, soy yogurt and canned soybeans. Other choices range from soy flour that adds nutrition to baking recipes to Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) that enhances fruit crisps, chili and more. For protein with crunch, soynuts are a great snack, and can be added to cookies or trail mix. One serving of soyfoods can provide approximately 7 to15 grams of heart-healthy protein.
Celebrate National Soyfoods Month in April by keeping ingredients like tofu, edamame, soynuts and soymilk on hand. Visit the Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com for soyfoods recipe ideas, information and inspiration.
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.