Mayonnaise, frosting, soups and... cheesecake?! There’s much more to tofu than just stir-fry, writes Laura Fudim.
1. Mayo magic
To make your own tasty, eggfree mayonnaise, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice with 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Add in a 300g packet of silken tofu and blend until smooth. For an extra punch of flavour, add chopped fresh herbs to the mix – our favourites are basil and chives.
2. Smooth out your morning
Did you know that silken tofu has a low fat-to-protein ratio? Mix 1/4 packet of silken tofu into your morning smoothie to get a protein-rich kick to start the day.
3. Divine dessert
Whip up a healthy and utterly luscious chocolate mousse. Melt 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate pieces and blend with a packet of silken tofu. Chill for several hours before serving with raspberries or sliced strawberries.
4. Eggs-ellent replacement
Silken tofu is a fantastic substitute for eggs in any recipe. Simply replace each egg with 5 tablespoons of puréed tofu. Great for those with egg allergies.
5. Fabulous frosting
For a healthier take on creamy icing, thoroughly blend a packet of silken tofu with 1 tablespoon each of vegetable oil, lemon juice and honey. Try it on carrot cake, chocolate cake or cupcakes!
6. Dairy-free dip
Next time you need to make a quick party dip, purée 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon each of garlic, cumin and lemon juice with one can of drained cannellini beans and 2/3 packet of silken tofu. Try it with raw vegie crudités or spiced pita chips.
7. Cream of the crop
Instead of serving pasta with a heavy, cream-based sauce, swap the cream for puréed silken tofu. You’ll keep the texture, boost the protein and cut the saturated fat.
8. Marvelous marinade
To make a delicate, creamy marinade or sauce that goes nicely with white fish or salmon, mix 1/2 cup silken tofu with 1 tablespoon each of garlic, ginger, brown sugar, lemon juice and olive oil.
9. Super soups
Add a creamy texture and more protein to a variety of soups by stirring in a few tablespoons of puréed tofu and heating through. This works beautifully in tomato or split pea soup, or chowder.
10. No-bake ‘cheese’ cake
For an easy sweet treat, blend 450g of silken tofu with 1 1/2 cups caster sugar, 2 teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Layer digestive biscuits in a pie tin, pour over tofu mixture and chill until set. The sweetest bit? Knowing this cake contains half the kilojoules of the original fat-laden version!