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Four Tasty Tofu Recipes to Warm Up Your Winter Menu

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Cooler temps call for comfort foods. Tofu made from soybeans, of which Illinois represents the nation’s top producer, offers a blank canvas for countless ways of enjoying your favorites guilt-free. Tofu is a complete protein low in saturated fat and soaks up whatever flavor you add. It comes in a variety of textures based on water content – silky, soft, firm and extra firm. For best results, use the form your recipe recommends. Ready to cozy up? Scroll through the slideshow for four satisfying tofu recipes to make this winter.

Buffalo Tofu Bites with Vegan Ranch Dressing

tofu recipes; Buffalo Tofu Bites with Vegan Ranch Dressing

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Got a hankering for wings? Even diehard meat eaters will crave this tangy appetizer. Freezing the tofu results in a crispy, golden-brown bite. Cooking the frozen tofu in vegetable broth enhances the flavor. Dunk them in your favorite buffalo-style dip or my Vegan Ranch Dressing.

See more: Farm Focus: Soybeans

Tofu Pad Thai

Tofu Pad Thai

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Got 30 minutes? Skip expensive carryout and make your own pad thai. This recipe features traditional ingredients like red bell peppers, green onions, cilantro, rice noodles and roasted peanuts. Serve it with chopsticks and fresh lime wedges.

See more: 4 Comfort Food Recipes With a Healthy Twist

Coconut Curry Tofu Cashew Stew

Coconut-Curry Cashew Stew

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No worry curry warms the soul. Using fresh cauliflower and sweet potato adds prep time but is so worth the flavor. The sweet raisins balance the fiery jalapeños. Serve it over brown rice topped with cashews.

See more: Warm Up with 4 Fun and Kid-Friendly Winter Recipes

Decadent Double Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

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Sweet! This irresistible dessert tastes so amazing nobody will suspect tofu replaces the cream cheese. For a fancy presentation, drizzle melted chocolate over the top and add fresh raspberries.

See more: Best Dessert Recipes

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