Soyfoods at Halloween Say a Better-For-You 'Boo!'
Updated: Nov 2
The Soyfoods Council
Ankeny, Iowa, September 28, 2022—While you’re enjoying the sweet fall flavors at Halloween parties this year, you can also celebrate the high-quality plant protein that soyfoods add to seasonal recipes. The Soyfoods Council offers easy recipe suggestions for Halloween entertaining.
Sustainably grown soyfoods pair well with pumpkin, apples, caramel and other flavors. Soyfoods are protein-rich, high-fiber foods, offering health benefits that set them apart from other plant protein choices. Soybeans are higher in protein than other beans (~35% vs. ~27%), and soy protein is also a complete protein. That means soy contains all the essential amino acids in amounts needed by the body. Ingredients including tofu, canned soybeans, soymilk and soynuts provide from 8 to 15 grams of complete protein per serving.
Pumpkin-lovers will appreciate party food such as Pumpkin Tofu Soup and Tofu Pumpkin Pie. The soup recipe combines canned pumpkin puree, a package of firm silken tofu and vegetable stock in a food processor or blender. It’s seasoned with turmeric, ginger, curry powder, honey, garlic and minced onion.
Tofu Pumpkin Pie is as simple as it sounds: Extra-firm silken tofu and canned pumpkin are flavored with dark molasses, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves and vanilla. Add to an unbaked pie shell and bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes until filling is puffed around the edges. Serve with soy whipped topping.
Apples are traditional autumn treats. The Soyfoods Council offers a no-cook version of Caramel Dip to serve with fresh apple slices. In a blender, combine 6 oz. of firm silken tofu, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1½ teaspoons lemon juice and 1 cup brown sugar. Blend until smooth and refrigerate until serving time.
Flavored soynuts including Caramel Soynuts, are another kid-friendly snack idea. The soynuts are coated with a cooked mixture of butter, white miso, brown sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of baking soda. The coated soynuts are briefly baked (5 minutes) in a 350°F oven.
For additional recipes—including No-Bake Chocolate Cookies featuring vanilla soymilk, soynut butter, rolled oats and soynuts—visit The Soyfoods Council website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com. You’ll also find updates on soyfoods and your health, and two free downloadable digital cookbooks, Easy Snackable Soy and Really Fast, Really Easy, Really Good.
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.