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Seasonal Soyfoods Recipes for Holiday Celebration Menus

Updated: Mar 31

Media Contact: Linda Funk

Executive Director

The Soyfoods Council


Ankeny, Iowa, November 13, 2023—Change up your holiday traditions with appetizers combining turkey and soy, and reimagined drink and dessert recipes that add high-quality soy plant protein to your menu for entertaining.

Appetizers: Bite-sized appetizer ideas include Turkey Yakitori—cubed turkey tenderloin

skewers that are grilled after being marinated in a yakitori marinade. Yakitori is a Japanese word for grilled. Traditional yakitori skewers are made with chicken, although beef and seafood are used as well. Turkey skewers add a celebratory note with traditional holiday fare at Thansgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve get-togethers. Before serving, the skewers are drizzled with lemongrass sauce made with silken tofu, a half stalk of finely chopped lemongrass and a Tablespoon of fresh lemongrass juice.

The recipe was created by Chef Matt Meadows of Isle Casino in Bettendord, Iowa, and won first place honors in the recent Perfect Pairing: Turkey and Soy Recipe Contest. The contest for professional Iowa Chefs was co-sponsored by the Iowa Turkey Federation and

The Soyfoods Council.

Turkey Roulade is an elegant appetizer idea from Chef Raul Murillo of Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Make it with sliced turkey breast, smoked tofu, pine nuts, spinach, roasted red peppers and Swiss cheese, all served on a plantain chip. Turkey Roulade earned a second place award in The Perfect Pairing Recipe Contest.

Drinks: Don’t forget to tap into the convenience of soymilk for holiday drinks, ranging from hot chocolate made with warmed chocolate soymilk to homemade seasonal specialties like Soy Irish Cream Liqueur. Make it in a blender with a can of sweetened condensed milk, a cup of soymilk, a cup of half-and-half milk (either soy or dairy based), a Tablespoon of chocolate syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, ¾ cup Irish whiskey and 1/3 cup of rum.

Desserts: Silken tofu is a versatile ingredient for making individual desserts to serve a

t holiday buffets and parties. Elizabeth’s Chocolate Pudding Pies are made with firm silken tofu, confectioner’s sugar, high-quality cocoa powder and a Tablespoon of vanilla. Silky Lemon Tofu Pudding combines a package of firm silken tofu and a jar of lemon curd. Both pie fillings are made quickly in a blender—no cooking necessary. Spoon them into individual-sized graham cracker or conventional pie crusts, or ready-to-serve mini phyllo shells. Garnish with berries or whipped topping.

For complete recipes, visit The Soyfoods Council website at You’ll also find recipes for holiday cookies, main courses and side dishes.


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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