Restaurant customers have a year-round appreciation for snacks and small plates, but during the holidays your appetizer offerings become even more important. Office parties, celebrations and friendly get-togethers bring customers into restaurants for fun-to-eat foods they can share. The Soyfoods Council provides a season’s worth of dips, snacks and drink-compatible appetizers that will round out your holiday menu. The recipes also provide an added nutrition boost from soyfoods.
Soyfoods make great bar foods, with ideas as simple as edamame steamed in the pod, edamame hummus and tofu-based dips for vegetables. Fried appetizer ideas include LILY Gyoza, a recipe developed at Oakview Restaurant at the Iowa Tournament Club in Des Moines. These potsticker-style dumplings feature fillings such as tofu, edamame, and soy burger crumbles.
For customers who want to stick to light meals, the Soyfoods Council offers colorful and flavorful small plates inspirations. Choices range from Chilled Edamame Soup with Grilled Scallop, Macadamia Tart and Chive Oil from Marriott Des Moines to the Roasted Tofu and Vegetable Napoleon from Scottsdale Golden Door Spa. The Soyfoods Council also offers a wide variety of sweet, late-night snacks and desserts featuring soyfoods.
For these and other holiday entertaining recipe ideas from The Soyfoods Council, visit www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.
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.