While it's firm or extra-firm tofu that will hold up best in vegetable stir-fries and baked tofu dishes, silken tofu has its own place in the vegetarian kitchen, from creamy sauces to low-fat desserts, where you won't even know it's there. Get inspired to use silken tofu by browsing through these dozens of vegetarian and vegan recipes.
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Silken tofu is an essential ingredient in just about every single dairy-free cheesecake recipe you'll find. It melds together with the sugar and holds up well when baked. If you find that tofu-based cheesecakes aren't quite as rich as "real" cheesecakes, I suggest topping off your tofu cheesecake with a sweet fruit or chocolate topping to give it that last finishing touch.
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Silken tofu provides the perfect low-fat base for a quick and easy homemade dip. Watch the video to see just how easy it can be to create tofu dips, whether sweet or savory.
- Sun-dried tomato and ranch dip
- Video: Three easy tofu dips
Pictured: Baked black soybean and cheese dip
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Silken tofu can take a traditional pie recipe, such as pumpkin, and turn it into a low-fat dessert that can be prepared in just minutes. In recipes such as chocolate pies, French silk, key lime or pumpkin pies, the silken tofu serves as the base which carries the other flavors. Instead of creating a rich and fat-filled base out of cheese, dairy, butter or eggs, the tofu just blends right up. You sort of have to try it to believe just how tasty and easy it is, so bookmark a couple of these tried... and tested recipes:
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Main Dishes and More
Keep a few boxes of silken tofu in your cupboard stocked and ready to go, and you'll always have a great meal starter ready to go. Here are a few ways to use silken tofu in a vegetarian or vegan lunch or dinner entree:
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- Eggless Chinese cashew fried rice
- Low-fat, oil-free sweet potato lasagna
- Vegan crockpot lasagna
- Vegetarian "meat" loaf with TVP and tofu
- Creamy artichoke risotto
- Vegan matzo balls
- Tofu whipped cream
- Baked corn and cheese casserole
- Creamy dairy-free ambrosia fruit salad
- Vegetable... veggie burgers
- Pictured: Creamy reduced-fat artichoke risotto
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Smoothies, Shakes, Vegan Lassis
When pureed, silken tofu makes the perfect base for a smoothie or a shake. It adds a protein boost without adding any fat, it's thicker and creamier than soy milk, and cheaper and more convenient than using a processed yogurt, plus, it doesn't need to be refrigerated when purchased in the aseptic containers, so you can stock up when they're on sale. Try one of these healthy smoothie, shake and lassi recipes to get a feel for the technique before experimenting on your own:
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Instead of milk or cream, silken tofu makes a healthy and low-fat base for plenty of desserts, including puddings, mousses and yes, even popsicles. Here's a few low-fat vegan dessert recipes to try using silken tofu as a base:
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Silken tofu, or, a combination of silken and regular tofu, makes a base for baked breakfast casseroles, such as frittatas and quiches, while keeping them egg-free, and low in fat and cholesterol. Similarly, silken tofu makes a decent egg substitute for baking cookies, scones, and muffins. Lighter baked goods, such as cakes, need a leavening agent and will be a bit heavier, so best to stick to cookies and muffins. Here are a few recipes using silken tofu as an egg replacer in one way or another: