— National Soyfoods Month offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate spring with seasonal ingredients and the versatility of soy. Asparagus, fresh strawberries and lamb are just a few of the traditional spring ingredients that can be paired with soyfoods such as soymilk, tofu and edamame.
The Soyfoods Council offers recipes and fresh menu ideas that fit into your busy lifestyle. When you cook with soyfoods, you’ll discover how easy it is to add flavor and protein (from 7 to 15 grams per serving) to your recipes without adding cholesterol. Here are a few spring recipes to inspire your seasonal celebrations.
Cream of Asparagus Soup made with soymilk is an ideal appetizer, featuring asparagus tips, leeks and onions. The stock combines soymilk and vegetable stock, and the soup itself is seasoned with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper.
Roasted Lamb with Roasted Garlic Mousse, Miso Mustard Vinaigrette, Tofu Tortellini and Spring Vegetables is an entrée that celebrates the season as well as celebrating soyfoods like miso and tofu. The vinagrette features white miso paste. Miso or fermented soybean paste is a prepared product that adds a savory flavor to soups, sauces and salad dressings. The tofu tortellini is made with wonton wrappers, filled with a mixture of firm tofu, mascarpone cheese, and flavorings such as green onion, gingerroot, lemon grass, sesame oil, wasabi powder and soy sauce. The accompanying vegetable medley includes asparagus, yellow beets, green onions and edamame.
Cocktail-inspired Strawberry Margarita Pie is not only an ideal dessert for celebrating National Soyfoods Month in April, but also Cinco de Mayo in May, and other spring events. The pie crust features vanilla wafer cookie crumbs, crushed pretzels and margarine. The soy-rich filling includes not only Margarita ingredients such as lime juice, tequila and orange liqueur, but also soy cream cheese, vanilla soymilk and silken tofu. Pureed strawberries and chopped fresh strawberries add a traditional spring note to this pie. It’s served with whipped cream for the finishing touch.
If you want more ideas for celebrating National Soyfoods Month in April, The Soyfoods Council is your one-stop resource. You’ll find recipes, cooking tips, instructional videos and the health and nutrition information you’re looking for. Visit www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com. Bookmark the site and visit it often, because new recipes are constantly being added.
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.