My friend Sara has lost a ton of weight over the past year. Naturally, I asked her what she’s done to take the weight off. One of the things that has worked for her has been to modify recipes by replacing some of the more fatty ingredients with healthier, less fattening items; silken tofu working great as a replacement for cream. Ever heard of it? Have you cooked with it before? After hearing about it from her, I found it while shopping at Fiesta one day, bought it, made a pasta dish using the silken tofu as a substitute for a cream sauce and guess what happened! My eleven year old ate it thinking it was cheese! Score!! He never knew the difference. And he would never knowingly put tofu in his mouth.
Here’s a recipe for Lighter “Cream” of Tomato Soup that she makes using silken tofu. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing, Sara.
I lightened up a traditional cream of tomato soup by using pureed lite silken tofu — it adds protein and creaminess without a lot of fat. Since most of this soup is vegetables, water, and protein means this is very filling without a lot of calories.
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cans (14.5 oz each) Muir Glen® organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, cilantro leaves or Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1 teaspoon sugar1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 to 4 oz Lite Silken Tofu
2 to 4 oz water, skim milk, or broth
Saute the onion and garlic in cooking spray or a small amount of oil in a large pot until crisp-tender.
Stir in tomatoes, broth, and half the basil. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Puree soup — either with an immersion blender, or by letting cool and pureeing in batches in the blender.
Puree tofu with equal amount of water, milk, or broth. (I find this works best in a blender, but you can also add it to the soup pot and use an immersion blender.)
Return soup to pot and add pureed silken tofu. Reheat. Add the rest of the basil.
I like to serve this with a salad and grilled cheese.