Garlic and Herb Tofu Cream Cheese

I’ve had an extreme craving for bagel lately. A craving that no other bread  type could satisfy.  You know when you can’t find something and you wonder if it ever existed or if you just created it in your head? No? just me? Well, that’s what it felt like  It was near impossible to find a bagel anywhere and by some lucky miracle ( a lot of driving around), I found some.  They were small, and generally subpar, but I found some.  I had the biggest smile the whole day.  Yes, it doesn’t take much to make me happy, even now I can’t stop smiling, the word smile was said and that my friends deserves a big giant smile.

For a day they kept looking at me saying “eat me”, it was like I was in Alice in wonderland, but unlike Alice I waited.  I waited to make the perfect tofu cream cheese to go with my bagel.  Some cucumber slices, peppadew slivers and that rocking cream cheese, just made one happy lady out of me!  Okay, I’m really just rambling on now and I know you just want to get to the recipe.

GARLIC AND HERB TOFU CREAM CHEESE

Tofu Cream Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package extra firm silken tofu, patted dry
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp non dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Taste and adjust.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours to firm it up.  This doesn’t taste exactly like dairy cream cheese, but it is a cheaper and nice alternative.

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Yum!

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Tofu Noodle Soup

You know that feeling of pre-sickness? You think you might be getting sick, but you are just not sure.  I HATE IT! I think my body is being a giant pain in the ass ( gosh, I wish I had any sort of ass), just make up your mind get sick or stay healthy, this is a bigger body betrayal than falling off a wheelchair ramp and tearing all the ligaments in your foot ( yes, that actually happened to me).

I guess I should stop being so MELodramatic, see what I did their, that’s my name, ha! I’m so punny.  I have been taking vitamin pills, echinacea tincture and been drinking all kinds of tea, trying not to get sick.  The idea of having tissues all over my house gives me the power to drink anything that will make me better, that includes beet juice.  I hate beet juice.  Its a pretty colour, but it just tastes so beety.

This soup.  This soup is nothing like beet juice.  Its delicious and packed full of immune boosting goodness.  The broth is just bread dunking delicious! Bursting with flavour and goodness.  If you are not a fan of tofu in soup, just leave it out! Replace it with mushrooms or anything that you like.  This is your soup, make it your own.  Don’t follow any rules!

TOFU NOODLE SOUPserves 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 block of firm tofu, drained, pressed and chopped into blocks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 50g flat noodles
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

Directions

In a soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add onion, garlic and ginger.  Cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.  Add celery and saute for a minute.

Add the Stock, tofu, carrot, kale and noodles.

Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes until pasta is tender.  Add herbs and season.

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Serve with crusty bread.

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