Boost the Flavors of Harvest Season with Tofu and Tomato Pairings
Media Contact: Linda Funk
The Soyfoods Council
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Ankeny, Iowa, August 15, 2022—Each year, harvest season inspires recipes featuring fresh tomatoes. According to the USDA, Americans consumed 34.1 pounds of tomatoes per capita in 2019. In 2021, tomatoes remained the second-most popular vegetable in the U.S. (61%) potatoes ( 62%). Tofu adds the power of high-quality plant protein to tomato recipes. One serving of water-packed tofu or silken tofu provides about 8 grams of cholesterol-free complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids. Tofu is a healthful protein choice as well as a sustainable one. Tofu is made from soybeans that are grown sustainably. In fact, 95% of U.S. soybean farmers are committed to sustainable farming practices and partner with the USDA to implement conservation programs.
Tofu/Tomato Breakfast Sandwiches are a plant-based spin on English muffin sandwiches, pairing fresh tomatoes with tofu. This open-faced sandwich features a batter-dipped patty of water-packed tofu with sliced tomatoes and spinach leaves. Serve it on a toasted muffin with a cheeze sauce featuring firm silken tofu, plain soymilk and nutritional yeast. The Soyfoods Council offers the complete recipe on its website: www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com.
Silken Tofu Caprese Salad is a fresh-flavored combination of tomato slices, extra firm silken tofu slices and chopped fresh basil. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or an oil-and-vinegar dressing.
Tomato, Mango and Tofu Salad is a colorful celebration of the season. Combine cherry tomatoes with fresh mango chunks, shredded basil and small dices of extra firm water-packed tofu. Drizzle with Italian dressing.
Silky Gazpacho is made in a blender or food processor with silken tofu and garden-fresh tomatoes. Blend 4 chopped tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic, ½ cup chopped English cucumber and one small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped. Add ¼ cup silken tofu, ½ cup water, 1 tsp. balsamic glaze and 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves. Pulse to blend. Season to taste with salt. Whether you call it gazpacho, garden sauce for grilled tilapia, or a tomato-tofu smoothie, this tofu and tomato combination is a winner.
Updated Tomato Pie is an ideal way to add more plant protein to a favorite recipe. Tomato pie isn’t pizza or a dessert, it’s a classic savory Southern pie recipe, featuring an assortment of sliced heirloom tomatoes. Add crumbled firm tofu to your favorite recipe for it. Other ingredients include chopped onion, shredded cheese such as Monterey Jack or Cheddar, mayonnaise, one egg, and chopped fresh herbs like basil and dill. Bake in a pie shell.
Visit The Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com for the latest updates on soyfoods and your health, soyfoods cooking tips, and recipes.
About soyfoods and sustainability: Sustainability is a soy tradition. U. S. soybean farmers have been practicing sustainable agriculture methods for decades. Currently, 95% of U.S. soy growers are committed to sustainable farming practices and partner with the USDA to implement conservation programs. Soyfoods may play a significant role as a source of protein that minimally contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in comparison to other protein sources.
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 markets about the many benefits of Soyfoods.