We went to PetSmart today to get some dog food and I happened to see some fancy "chocolate" dog treats. I got a package of them for our dog, and Miss immediately started saying, "I want some chocolate treats too!" I explained to her that the treats were only for dogs, but that wasn't quite going to cut it with my chocolate-loving two year old. I remembered a recipe I have for chocolate pudding with tofu, so I told her we'd make that when we got home. She wasn't happy about having to wait a while for it to chill after we got it made (though she was pacified a bit by being able to lick the leftover melted chocolate from the bowl), and it was the first thing she asked for when she woke up from her nap. It only took a few minutes to make, and it was fantastic.
Tofu pudding sounds kind of weird, but it really was delicious. I had never used soft tofu before (I've only ever used tofu once before, in fact). I ate a portion of it and so did my husband. He called it, "Ridonkulous" which means super-awesome fabulously yummy. Here's the recipe, which I changed a little bit from a recipe in the July issue of Parenting magazine.
1 12-oz pkg shelf-stable soft silken tofu
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup ultrafine granulated sugar (the recipe called for powdered sugar, but I didn't have any)
2 tsp vanilla
a pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy. Put it into small cups or bowls and put into the fridge to let it set up. Done.
I was really happy to give Miss a snack with nutritious, protein-packed tofu in it. Of course, this pudding is also sugar-packed, so it is certainly a treat. I'll make it again, but only once in a while, and next time I'll probably cut the amount of sugar in half. However, I am now convinced of the wonders of this soft tofu for use in puddings, smoothies, etc. I'm thinking of all sorts of other, less sugary things I can blend with it next time, like bananas, berries, orange juice, honey, and on and on.
And speaking of tofu, my next at home "Chopped" ingredients are plantains, bacon bits, and yes, tofu. It has taken me a while to get going on this one because I've not been able to find plantains in a store here, so I just ordered some and will get on it when they arrive. I think I know what I'm going to do. I have to redeem myself after my pickled herring failure. I'll let you know how it goes.