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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Heart-Healthy Recipes

Media Contact: Linda Funk

Executive Director

The Soyfoods Council

515.491.8636


Ankeny, Iowa, January 23, 2024—This Valentine’s Day, serve feel-good, better-for-

you recipes, thanks to The Soyfoods Council’s wide selection of easy, family friendly ideas for

meals, snacks and entertaining.


Read the label. Soyfoods wear their heart on their sleeve, and there’s plenty to love

about them. When you choose soyfoods made with verified sustainably grown U.S. soy, you’re

keeping personal health as well as the health of the planet in mind. According to Innova Market

Insights, shoppers say they are influenced to purchase foods produced with innovative farming

practices by the belief that these foods are better for the planet, more natural, and offer a

reduction of health risks. Approximately 95% of U.S. soy farmers follow the U.S. Soy

Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP).


Soyfoods support nutrition trends by offering affordable, high-quality plant protein.

Soy is a complete protein that provides all the essential amino acids in the amounts needed for

health, without the large amount of saturated fat that typically comes with animal sources of

protein. One cup of soymilk, for example, provides 7 to 8 grams of cholesterol-free complete

protein. One cup of silken tofu offers approximately 8 grams of protein. Soybean oil (commonly

labeled as vegetable oil) is a versatile ingredient to keep on hand for dressings, sauces, frying,

sautéing and baking. Soybean oil has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

(FDA) to use a qualified health claim linking it to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

Enjoy soy and create the following easy, memorable soyfoods-inspired dishes to share

for Valentine’s Day.





Make shareable dips with tofu. Easy does it for cozy entertaining with appetizers

like Sundried Tomato Tofu Dip made in a blender. All you need are 8 oz. of soft tofu, a package

of softened cream cheese and a package of Ranch seasoning dressing mix. Stir in chopped

sundried tomatoes, dried onion, and garlic powder. Cover and chill for an hour and serve with

vegetable dippers or crackers.




Pair pasta and tofu to feed a family, small gatherings, or for a romantic dinner

for two. On Valentine’s Day, you want to spend time with those who matter to you, not in the

kitchen. That’s why Easy Stuffed Shells are a good main course choice. The luxurious filling for

one box of large, cooked pasta shells features soft silken tofu. Combine the tofu with 2 cups of

shredded mozzarella, ¾ cup grated Parmesan, 1 egg and 2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley.

If desired, add 2 cups of ground beef, chicken, turkey or pork to the mixture. You’ll need a 26-

oz. jar of your favorite pasta sauce. Arrange shells in a baking dish atop a bit of the sauce, then

pour remaining sauce over the stuffed shells. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes.




Discover why chocolate and soy are a loving couple. What could be simpler than a

three-ingredient pie filling that can be served in a ready-made chocolate cookie crumb pie crust

or spooned into parfait glasses? Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Tarts feature a package of

fortified silken tofu, ½ cup creamy peanut butter, and ½ cup melted semisweet chocolate chips.

Add about 2 Tablespoons of soymilk, or more if needed, until the filling reaches a spreadable

consistency. Serve chilled.



For detailed recipes from The Soyfoods Council, visit the website at

www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com. You’ll also find cooking tips and updates on soyfoods and your

health.


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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.

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