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Chocolate Mousse with Berries – Quick Valentine’s Dessert

February 14, 2011 - Written by Diana

Here’s a Chocolate Mousse recipe that’s so quick, easy, delicious and perfect for Valentine’s Day. For the Superbowl I made vegan cupcakes that were delish.  I thought the glaze tasted like pudding, but it was thick and sweet.  I took that recipe and changed it into a mousse.    This dessert is pretty fast and easy to make.

The microwave was used to melt the chocolate and goat cheese together before putting it into the magic bullet to combine it and add air (to moussify).  That’s really all it takes, pour the mousse  red raspberries and sliced strawberries in ramekins and then decoratively top with one of each and refrigerate.  This is a dessert you can make after work and cool while dinner is being devoured. I loved it and so did my husband.  One for us tonight, and another for tomorrow (no kids, oh well).

Ingredients:

Use a paper towel or cloth to drain and pat dry the tofu – blend it until smooth.  In a microwave, melt the semi-sweet chocolate for a minute, stir, place back in for another thirty seconds, stir.  Crumble in goat cheese, stir to make smooth, then place in microwave for another thirty seconds.

Pour chocolate mixture, in with the tofu, add the agave and vanilla and blend until smooth.  I used a magic bullet because it will do small amounts.  A blender would work, but may be too big for the job.

Place a couple of red raspberries on the bottom of 4 ramekins and slice one half of a strawberry for the bottom of the ramekin also.  Pour the mousse over top of the berries and place the second half  of the strawberry on top along with a red raspberry.  Cool in fridge.

Simple, Easy, Fast Delicious.

Vegetarian Tofu Pumpkin Pie

November 19, 2010 - Written by Diana

This recipe is for my son’s friend Ben.  At the tender age of 18, he and another friend are living on their own.  Ben is a vegetarian and head chef – which is a good way to keep track of what is going on in the kitchen.  So for his vegetarian Thanksgiving, I’m offering this Vegetarian Tofu Pumpkin Pie.  Use the firm tofu for this recipe that I found online at House America.

Vegetarian Tofu Pumpkin Pie

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg(14 oz)House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Firm
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 can (16 oz) cooked pumpkin
1 prepared graham cracker pie crust

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°
In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend thoroughly. Pour mixture into pie crust; bake in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes or until set. Serve chilled.

Note Cooking tips:
Remove moisture from Tofu by microwaving it for about a minute; pour off water and blot well with paper towel before using. Be careful, Tofu will be hot!

And to go along with it .. an Orange Mango Smoothie, mmmmm.


Orange Mango Smoothie

Makes Two Servings (three cups)

Prep time: 5 Minutes

INGREDIENTS

1/2 package (7oz) House Premium Tofu Extra Soft or House Organic Tofu – Soft
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
3 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup soy milk (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Divide between 2 glasses and serve.

Other combinations:
Guava juice, banana and frozen raspberries.
Orange juice and frozen blueberries.

Note If you don’t have frozen fruit, use 1 cup fresh fruit and 1/2 cup ice cubes.