Does anyone else feel the pressure on April Fool’s Day to be clever or witty? I Googled ideas for the best April Fools pranks, and the first idea listed was to replace the center or Oreos® with Colgate toothpaste. Another one of the “top ideas” was to fill donuts with mayonnaise. While I decided not to pull either of those pranks on my family, I enjoyed reading about the pranks by blogger Cristen Clark. Check out her April Fools on the Farm post, which not only lists her all-time favorite pranks but also provides some sage advice on pranks not to pull!
Since pranks and jokes aren’t my forte, I decided to return to my comfort zone – food. April is National SoyFoods Month, so I decided to share a few fun facts about soyfoods. Did you know soyfoods provide the only plant-based complete protein that contains all essential amino acids? Plus, soyfoods are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. Consider adding soy protein to your diet for its nutritional benefits.
I’ll be the first to admit that soyfoods aren’t a staple in my family’s diet, but each April I make a concerted effort to try something new. Three years ago I tried my hand at growing edamame, pronounced “ed-a-mommay.” Edamame are green soybeans that are harvested at the peak of ripening, right before it reaches the hardening stage. Because they grow in clusters on bushy branches, they’re aptly named: eda means “branches” and mame means “beans” in Japanese.
I’ve also read that edamame is great for container gardens, so you can give it a try on your patio! Growing edamame is a great children’s activity, and research shows children are more apt to eat what they helped grow or make. Click here for more ideas on fun gardening ideas for kids.
Strawberry SoyMilk Smoothies are a favorite after school snack for members of my Girl Scout Troop. One of my son’s favorite treats are Cookie Dough Truffles. Because these truffles are made with soymilk and without eggs, the raw dough is perfectly safe. My personal favorite is Key Lime Pie made using a graham cracker crust, so it’s quick and easy to make. (NOTE TO SELF: Make this for dessert on Easter Sunday!)
My daughter won a purple ribbon at the Franklin County Fair with this recipe for Soy Good Chocolate Chip Cookies. I got this recipe years ago from Val Plagge, who blogs at Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids. It’s become a favorite of my parents’ too. Go ahead and give it a try.
Soy Good Chocolate Chip Cookies
2½ cups oatmeal
1¾ cups flour
¼ cup soy flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ lb. soft tofu, drained
12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Sift together oatmeal, flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
In large bowl combine butter, sugars and vanilla until smooth. In a food processor or blender, process tofu until smooth. Stir into sugar mixture. Stir in flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake in a 375 degree oven 8 to 10 minutes or until golden around edges.