Tofu Salad Dressing

INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces cubed Parmesan
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
11/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
11/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Pinch kosher salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 cup silken soft tofu
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

Starting on the lowest speed, chop the cheese cubes in the blender jar until it settles into the bottom of the jar, gradually increasing the speed. Add the garlic down the chute and chop until minced.

Next, add the mustard, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and tofu to the blender and blend until smooth. While the blender is running, drizzle olive oil down the middle of the vortex that has formed. Add more or less of the olive oil and blend until it reaches salad dressing consistency.  Add in the lemon juice.

 

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Tofu Chocolate Silk Pie

Buy 1 graham cracker crust or chocolate graham cracker crust from the store.

OR

Follow directions for crust below to make the pie vegan.

NOTE: This has rave reviews on Minimalist Baker’s website, and the tofu is said to be undetectable. Nonvegans seem to like it too.

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST:

1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
1 heaping (packed) cup pitted dates, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and drained

FILLING:

12 ounces silken tofu, drained, patted dry
1 3/4 cups dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup light or full fat coconut milk (or another dairy-free milk)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the crust by pulsing walnuts and cocoa powder in a food processor until it reaches a fine meal. Remove and set aside.
  2. Place soaked dates in the food processor and process until small bits remain and it’s sticky. Add back in the walnut-cocoa meal and process until well combined.
  3. Transfer to a glass pie pan lightly oiled with coconut oil. Alternatively, place parchment in the bottom for easy removal. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the crumbs and press with your hands to form a uniform crust that goes up the sides (see photo). Pop in the freezer to set.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Once melted, work quickly to add to a blender along with the tofu and coconut (or other dairy free) milk. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed.
  5. Pour over crust and smooth. Cover and freeze until set. Alternatively, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until pretty firm. For easiest serving and longer storage, freeze.
  6. Serve and top with coconut whipped cream. Will keep in the fridge for several days, though best when fresh. Freeze for up to a few weeks, covered well.

Adapted from: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/moo-less-chocolate-pie-recipe-1938390

ALTON BROWN RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

FILLING:

ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup coffee liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound silken tofu, drained
1 tablespoon honey
1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate wafer crust, recipe follows

CHOCOLATE WAFER CRUST:

6 1/2 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

DIRECTIONS:

Place enough water in the bottom of a 4-quart saucepan to come 1 inch up the sides. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Melt the chocolate chips with the liqueur and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over the simmering water, stirring often with a rubber or silicone spatula. Combine the tofu, chocolate mixture and honey in a blender or food processor and spin until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the filling sets firm.

CRUST:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spin the cookies and sugar in a food processor until fine crumbs. Then drizzle in the butter, pulsing to combine. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven until crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

 

 

Tofu Lemon Bars

Egg free, Protein Rich, Good reviews.
I have not made these but would like to try.

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST:

1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 c whole wheat pastry flour

FILLING:

1/2 c silken tofu
3/4 c cane sugar
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch-square baking dish with oil, then line with parchment, leaving an overhang, and brush parchment with oil. Set aside.
  2. Make the crust: Stir together 1/2 cup oil, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add flour and stir until just combined. Press dough into prepared dish and bake until pale golden-brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Process tofu, sugar, lemon zest and juice, baking powder, and flour in a food processor until smooth. Pour onto baked crust and bake until set, 25 to 30 minutes more. Let cool completely, then dust with confectioners’ sugar and cut into squares.

Redstone Restaurant Cornbread

NOTE: I don’t know if this is the original recipe, but it sure is good! 🙂

INGREDIENTS

3⁄4 cup cornmeal
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 tablespoons baking powder
4 eggs
3⁄4 cup sugar
7 ounces creamed corn (1/2 can)
2 ounces diced green chilies, drained well (1/2 can)
1⁄2 cup butter
1⁄2 cup shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese blend

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in the order given.
  3. Pour into greased 8″ or 9″ iron skillet.
  4. Bake 35 minutes. Insert toothpick- if it comes out clean the corn bread is done. If not, continue baking & check every 5 minutes with a toothpick.
  5. Serve warm with Maple Butter.

MAPLE BUTTER

1 lb butter
1 cup maple syrup
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt

  1. Allow butter to soften to room temperature.
  2. In mixer, (use a paddle attachment if available) whip butter & Salt until creamy.
  3. Slowly drizzle syrup into mixture until well blended.

Puerto Rican Chimichurri

NOTE: Of all the three versions that I posted, this is the one that I have had before, in Puerto Rico. It’s amazing. I like it on toasted bread (like bruschetta) or with angel hair pasta. If you eat meat this is traditionally used as a marinade for steak. If you blend it a lot, it becomes a nice salad dressing. No matter how you eat it, if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 If you try multiple chimchurri recipes, please let me know which one you like best in the comments!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
4 cloves garlic
1/2 seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper
2 tablespoons chopped scallion or onion
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup good olive oil
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Pulse parsley, cilantro, garlic, onion and jalapeño in a food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined.
Store in sealed container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Argentinian Chimichurri

Disclaimer: I haven’t had this. I’m posting it to show the difference between the chimichurri of different regions.

Ingredients

2 cups packed Italian flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup packed fresh oregano
4 garlic cloves
¼ cup sherry or red wine vinegar
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly-ground black pepper
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil (best quality)

Instructions

  1. Pulse parsley, oregano, garlic, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a food processor until finely chopped (this will take a bunch of pulses, but you don’t want to puree the mixture).
  2. Scrape parsley mixture into a bowl and stir in olive oil.
  3. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours to a few days before serving so the flavors can meld.
  4. Enjoy!