Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

You know when you’re hungry, festive, and still want to be healthy? If you can relate, this Christmas Pinwheel wrap is for you.

But seriously, this is the cutest wrap we’ve ever seen! It deserves its own recipe page because its just so festive. Thanks to Silvia for the amazing photo, creativity, and this beautiful Christmas Pinwheel Wrap.

Have it for lunch and be the envy of all your coworkers. Pack it for your kiddos and they’ll have the most festive lunch in the cafeteria. We promise!

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

First up, chop and slice all the delicious veggies packed into this wrap. Then, lay out your tortillas (you could use spinach tortillas here to really make it green!) and spread your selected Toby’s Tofu Spread generously. Next, add half the veggie ingredients on to one tortilla. Roll and slice. Repeat for second tortilla.

Garnish with remaining veggies – Cabbage for the trunk and star, cut outs of peppers for the festive lights!

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

Get festive and stay healthy with this Christmas Pinwheel Wrap. It’s a vegan wrap, arranged as a Christmas tree and decorated with veggie ornaments. Of course, the Christmas arrangement is optional and you’d still have a delicious wrap. It’s just not as fun that way!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tortilla wraps
  • ¾ cup shredded red cabbage
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds  

How-To:

  1. Spread Toby’s Tofu Spread & Dip on each tortilla.
  2. Add about half of the rest of the ingredients to each tortilla, roll up and slice into ¾” pieces.
  3. Do the same for the second wrap and place on a plate, in the shape of a tree. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy!

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

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Toby’s Cucumber Rolls

We’ve tried making cucumber rolls before, and they always come out delicious, but nothing really special or worth sharing with you. That is, of course, until our friend Silvia steps in and takes them to the next level! These cucumber rolls, photo & recipe by our friend Silvia, are the perfect example of an easy appetizer that looks beautiful, tastes amazing, and is super easy.

And, now that she pulled them together so beautifully, I can finally see what the big difference was (besides her magically Silvia touch). The toothpicks! Opt for fancy spears, and your wraps well easily come together like this.

The herb garnishes make a big difference too. Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread paired with dill and pepper – plus the crunch of a cucumber – is nothing less than a crowd pleaser and enhances the taste of the already delicious tofu spread!

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Cucumber Rolls

These cucumber rolls are easy to put together, and an easy vegan, crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 English Cucumber
  • ¾ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • Handful of dill, chopped
  • Pinch of black pepper

How-To:

  1. Use a potato or vegetable peeler to shave long, thin slices. Place slices on a paper towel to remove moisture.
  2. Spread a layer of Toby’s Tofu, about 1 tbsp, on a slice along with some dill. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Do the same to the rest of the slices.
  3. Place on a plate, sprinkle with pepper and serve. Enjoy!

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Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Pomegranates are in season from fall through the winter, perfect for the holidays, so deep in color, delightfully tart, and perfectly crisp yet juicy. And, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from Silvia recently: pomegranates are the new essential holiday ingredient. They just scream December!

We love crostinis as appetizers. They’re the perfect canapé – crunchy, bite-sized, and tasty. For the holidays, they’re easy to make. They don’t take any room up in the oven (unless that’s how you toast them), and they’re easily transportable. Plus, you get the benefit of looking like you slaved away over these little beauties when really it’s just a fancy mini, open-faced sandwich. They don’t even need to be served warm!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Silvia is at it again. These Avocado and Tofu Crostinis we just can’t stop drooling over! So, even better, these crostinis are vegan.

Take a half french baguette and slice into pieces. Toast your pieces of bread until just slightly browned. For each piece of toast, generously spread Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip and top with a slice of avocado. Repeat for each piece of toast. Arrange on parchment paper or a cutting board. Sprinkle your pomegranate seeds and chopped chives on the baguette slices. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

And seriously, that’s all!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Recipe by: Silvia at The Tiny Avocado

Avocado. Tofu. Crostini. It’s seriously a dream canapé, perfect for the holidays. The pomegranate seeds just take this to another level, drizzled with balsamic… We’re just never going to be able to do better than this! YUM. Silvia wins the award for best everything. Always. Yum.

Ingredients:

  • ½ french baguette, sliced
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar

How-To:

  1. Toast bread until slightly browned. Top with Toby’s Tofu, avocado, pomegranate seeds and chives. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve. Enjoy!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms - easy & perfect for the holidays! #FallingForTobys

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms, made with Toby’s Tofu Spreads, are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for the holidays! Join in with your creations: #FallingForTobys

Our friend Silvia made these Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach, Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip topped with whole wheat breadcrumbs. Get the full recipe below or here on Silvia’s blog: www.thetinyavocado.com These are a perfect side dish for any Vegan Thanksgiving, fall spread, or potlucks. We tried something similar last year for a Game Day watch party.  They were delicious, but we’ve definitely been out-done (once again) by the amazing Silvia!

Be sure to follow Silvia on Instagram for even more delicious vegan inspiration. You can find us on Instagram and more recipes on Pinterest, too.

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These Vegan Mushrooms were created as part of our #FallingForTobys giveaway & contest happening now. It’s the perfect way to test out Thanksgiving goodies before the holiday – we all know we’ll want it to be perfect for the big day!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 mushrooms
  • ¾ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 1.5 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs

How-To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Clean mushrooms carefully under running water or with a damp paper towel. Gently break stems off. Cut off the bottom part of the stem and chop the rest very finely.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil under medium heat. Add garlic, chopped mushroom stems, paprika and cayenne powder. Cook for 3 minutes then add tofu and spinach. Cook for another minute or until spinach is wilted.
  4. Fill each mushroom cap with the tofu mix and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and let cook for a minute or two.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms - easy & perfect for the holidays! #FallingForTobys

Jalapeño Ranch tofu enchiladas!

Easy Cinco De Mayo Recipe Ideas for Everyone

This Cinco De Mayo go further than just your standard plate of chips & salsa. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipe ideas – from tacos and taquitos to salads and nachos we’ve got easy Cinco De Mayo recipe ideas for everyone. I promise there’s something for everyone’s taste buds and diets in here!

Jalapeno Ranch Taquitos

These are a great appetizer or main course item. Usually we’re just snacking at Cinco de Mayo parties, so serve these and watch them disappear. You could get pre-made taquitos and drizzle Jalapeño Ranch on top. Or, you could make them yourself. We rolled up flour tortillas with a mixture of extra firm tofu, beans, veggies, and lots of spices inside. Topped with cheese, a cilantro lime hot sauce and some diced peppers! Pretty presentation and yummy foods.

Jalapeño Ranch tofu enchiladas!

 

Tacos!

Jalapeño Ranch Sweet Potato Tacos

These tacos are vegetarian-friendly, made with sweet potatoes and black beans. The Jalapeño Ranch Dressing is the perfect pair to liven your veggie tacos up! Get the complete how-to here.

Jalapeño Ranch Sweet Potato Tacos!

 

Black Bean & Corn Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch

If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, we suggest these corn & bean tacos drizzled with our Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. I pan fried some leftover corn, black beans and onions with salt and pepper until everything was cooked through. Shredded some cabbage and added diced tomatoes. It tastes most like a fish taco, minus the fish. But, fish would make a delicious addition here, too!

Jalapeño Ranch bean & corn tacos!

Toby’s Tofu Tacos

Not into the Jalapeño Ranch? We’ve got a less-spicy option for you. Try Toby’s Original Spread instead of beans or meat as the protein. Top with greens, cheese, and a salsa verde sauce. Perfect mild-heat, and a delicious combo with our Original Spread.

Tofu Tacos!

Vegan Tacos

Looking for a vegan Cinco de Mayo recipe idea? Try out these vegan tacos, courtesy of our friend Daneka. She’s a huge fan of our lite tofu spreads and makes the most delicious recipes! (She’s got another one down below! Keep scrolling!)

VeganTacos - with toby's tofu

Tacos! I love quinoa taco! And subbed @tobysfoods lite jalapeno tofu spread for the cheese. Vegan tacos for the win!

Photo from @ddaakarma

Nachos!

Everyone has their own special way of making nachos, but no better topping than Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. Seriously! Just in case you don’t already know, here’s a 30-second fool proof guide to your perfect nachos.

Salads!

Jalapeño Ranch Taco Salad

A stand-by favorite recipe for sure. Serve it in a big bowl, like in the original recipe, or get fancy with it and serve on top a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Full recipe details here.

Jalapeño Ranch Wedge Salad!

Vegan Mini Pepper Salad

Vegan Mini Pepper Salad

Salad? Appetizer? Mini peppers with @tobysfoods lite jalapeno vegan tofu dip with avocado and stuff!
Photo from @ddaakarma

Need some tasty tequila cocktails to go along with your deliciousness? Try these from Genesis Juice.

Make these Easy Easter Appetizers - perfect fun ways to eat this Easter!

Easy Easter Appetizers

While I may have a long-time fear of the Easter bunny, or really anything in a mascot-like costume, I guess there are other parts of Easter I can get on board with. I’ve always wanted to try dying Easter Eggs naturally – like with turmeric, beets, or something similar. I think I’ll try my hand at the whole natural easter egg dye project this year. But, more exciting – for me anyway – are these Easy Easter Appetizers.

We came up with some delicious ideas perfect for appetizers, Easter Bunny treats (if you must!), or fun ways to get kiddos involved in the food prepping fun

Make these Easy Easter Appetizers - perfect fun ways to eat this Easter!

Easter Bunny Carrot Treats

Love this idea! Shred some carrots, get some broccoli florets, and cut up a few pieces of pita bread into the shape of triangles. Slather on some Toby’s Tofu Spread, and arrange like the photo shows – into carrots!

Make these Easter Bunny Carrot treats - perfect fun way to eat veggies this Easter!

What you’ll need:

  • Shredded carrots
  • Broccoli florets
  • Pita breads
  • Tofu Spreads

Just like magic, you have these super cute springtime or Easter Bunny Treats. Filled with spring veggies and just too adorable to pass up.

Easter Egg Toasts

These are adorable and just the right amount of spicy. Probably not suitable for kiddos sensitive to spice – but you could use another kind of less-spicy sauce for the colored decoration. Or, you could use little veggies – olives, sliced tomatoes, herbs – as the decoration instead. But for us, there’s not a whole lot better than Toby’s Tofu Spread on toast with a little bit of hot sauce!

Easy Easter Egg Toasts - Perfect for Easter Appetizers!

What you’ll need:

  • Sandwich bread for toasting
  • Easter egg cookie cutter
  • Hot sauce (we used sriracha)
  • Tofu Spreads (recommend Lite or Original, not jalapeño flavors!)

How-To:

  1. Cut your bread with a cookie cutter (or a knife works too). Toast.
  2. Spread Toby’s on your Easter Egg toast. Drizzle with hot sauce.

 

Holiday Canapes | Canapes

Holiday Canapés

Canapés are the perfect holiday appetizer because they’re bite sized, delicious, and, most importantly, easy to put together. Have people make their own with a little canapé bar, or serve up some of your favorites.

In case you’re a little lost, we put together this fool-proof guide to making perfect canapés with our tofu spreads and a few recipes for our favorite holiday canapés.

Start with a cracker or sliced veggie (like thinly sliced cucumber rounds). Scoop Toby’s tofu – either with a melon baller or a pastry bag for the perfect presentation. Top with another veggie, like halved cherry tomatoes, something pickled, or some avocado. Garnish with a drop of balsamic reduction, a dash of hot sauce or with sprouts and herbs.

Holiday Canapés | A guide to perfect canapés

And, here are some photos for inspiration!

Limitless canape options!

Put together a variety for your guests to snack on! Our personal favorite is a cracker, sweet pickle and Toby’s Jalapeno Tofu Spread.

Holiday Canapes | Tofu Canapes

This is a picture from a holiday party I just went to. Needless to say, they didn’t last long!

Holiday Canapes | Canapes

Try slices of pita bread and some spicy options with pickled jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. We recommend going with the original or lite tofu spreads for the hotter ones. And, you don’t have to just stick to tofu spreads! Try them out with our dressings, too. Two of our favorites are the Honey Mustard with apples and dried cranberries or Blue Cheese on top of veggies and a cracker (photos above).

Or, get a little creative in your presentation. We like these Christmas-themed appetizer ideas: a santa & a wreath!

Santa crackers! How adorable are these for Christmas appetizers? Try bell peppers instead of pepperoni for a veggie-friendly swap. And, Toby's Tofu Spreads instead of cream cheese (just pipe out of a small sized pastry bag)

Toby's Tofu Holiday Wreath

This one we’re pretty proud of – check out these easy to put together, festive wreaths! We used bell pepper slices for the red bows and a green pea (you could use capers, too) as garnish!

Adorable!

Stay tuned on our Pinterest boards and Instagram for more holiday party ideas!

 

 

 

Here's the TRUTH about tofu.

The Truth about Tofu

In the last 15 or so years, tofu and other soy products and foods have plummeted in popularity. The main reason due to some questionable studies, funded by the meat and dairy industries, aimed at getting market share back from soy milk and tofu products.

There’s a lot we know for sure about tofu and soy and we took a look at a lot of the misinformation out there. So we rounded up the hard cold facts and brought them to you here.

Did you know Soy is heart healthy? Here are some more facts about soy and tofu you might not already know.
Did you know Soy is heart healthy? Here are some more facts about soy and tofu you might not already know.

We’ve taken a look at the research from reputable sources and all the information out there. We turned to nutritionists, our suppliers of tofu, and the history of Asian cultures who have enjoyed soy and tofu foods for thousands of years. With that, we believe that soy is a healthy, safe food you can consume just like any other ingredient out there: in moderation, and as part of a healthy diet.

Here’s the truth about tofu, broken down by some of the most common myths you might have heard about soy and tofu:

What's the real story on tofu and soy? Here are the common myths about soy - busted.

 

The bottom line: keep your eyes out for non-organic soy and heavily processed soy powders or isolates that might be hiding in some packaged foods. Most people are eating more soy than they know because it’s hiding in a lot of processed foods, in highly processed forms.

Overall, soy foods like tofu are a delicious, healthy, and vegetarian source of protein and other nutrients. Choose organic soy and enjoy in moderation, just like most other foods. Soy can and should be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Reap the benefits of this tasty bean in forms of tofu, miso, tempeh, edamame, soy milk, and so much more! We suggest tofu spreads and dips of course.

What's the real story on tofu and soy? Here are the common myths about soy - busted.