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Holiday Meal Makeover (Giveaway)

by Allie on December 22, 2011 · 69 comments

in Giveaway,Soy Simple

Who’s excited for Christmas?! Me me me! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can be excited too…for traffic to clear up and people to stop talking about trees, elves, and Santa :) .

Do you know what’s going to be on the menu for your holiday meal? Peter has all sorts of dishes up his sleeve and I’m sure Lo the Bro does as well. My foodie family can’t help but use Christmas as an excuse to pull out all the stops.


If you’re still meal planning for the big day or need something to bring to a gathering, below are some recipes to help you along. The theme of this week’s Soy Simple post is incorporating soy into holiday dishes. The recipes below either include soy or can be tweaked to include it.

Happy cooking, eating, celebrating, giving, and receiving!


BBQ Tofu. Stick toothpicks in them for a quick, nutritious appetizer!

Roasted soy nuts

Main Dishes and Side Dishes

Tofu Salad with colorful mini peppers

Black Eyed Pea Shrimp Salad made with shelled edamame (shelled!)

Mama Pea’s Shepherd’s Pie made with tofu and tempeh

Emily’s Sesame Kale and Tofu Salad

Emily’s Grilled Vegetable Tofu and Bulgar Salad

Jenna’s Red Thai Curry with Kabocha Squash made with tofu

Chelsey’s Savory Bok Choy Stir Fry with Tofu

Caroline’s Spicy-Sweet Corn & Edamame Salad



Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Blondies can be made with soy milk and sub soy flour for half of all purpose flour

Mama Pea’s Funky Monkey Pie made with silken tofu


Creamy Nog Latte made with soymilk


Tofu Scramble

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Caroline’s Tofu-Banana French Toast

Eggnog Cheesecake made with soymilk


$50 Grocery Gift Card Giveaway

To enter this week’s Soy Simple contest, simply comment on this post with a recipe that incorporates soy (link away!!) OR how you plan to use soy in your holiday cooking. A winner will be selected at random from all participants and will be notified through email. Contest is open through Sunday, December 25th.

Contest is only open to U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older. One entry, per person, per contest. Good luck!

This post is part of the Soy Simple campaign (you can read more about the campaign and my disclosure statement here).

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I made these when “Brad’s” mom was in town and she said she didn’t even realize that it wasn’t meat – great in my book, as they’re from the Midwest and eat meat in basically every meal! I thought they were yummy, too!!


2 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie December 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Ill be using soy for my main dish probably for tofu dippers on Christmas while the rest of my family has turkey!


3 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I’ll be using soy to supplement or replace meat for some soups. Mmm mmm.


4 jc December 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

i am going to be making vegan cheesecake using silken tofu, which is soy :)


5 Helen December 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Adding soy by using soy milk for dessert items!


6 Cellabella December 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I’m planning on making a creamy dijon dressing using silken tofu, dijon, lemon juice, and honey.


7 Molly December 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

i plan to incorporate soy into my holiday meal by substituting soy milk instead of fat free cow’s milk!


8 Emily G. @ from my messy desk December 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I use silken tofu in my smoothies every morning. Tofu in smoothies always make me feel a bit fuller faster and longer.


9 Jessie C. December 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I’d use soy milk in baking.


10 Sana December 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I use soy milk when I make corn bread :)


11 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I LOVE THIS MENU! I would love to have a christmas dinner/breakfast that incorporates those recipes! As for soy, I am using soy milk in some mashed sweet potatoes I am making….makes them so creamy and delish!!!


12 Jessica December 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Being Asian, I’ll be eating lots of tofu over Christmas in mom’s home cooking!


13 Jessica H December 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I plan on using soy in a few cookie recipes!


14 Danielle J December 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’m planning to serve eat Chinese food on Christmas per Jewish tradition. Of course that will involve lots of tofu! :D


15 Mai December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I’m planning on making Happy Herbivore’s cheesecake, which includes silken tofu!


16 Andrea December 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Tofu in hotpot is YUM!


17 Kate December 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I’m making a tofu dish for all the vegetarians in my family on Christmas :)


18 Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking December 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Ummm can I PLEASE come over to your house for dinner? haha everything sounds DELICIOUS!


19 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I was planning to make a tofu cheesecake for Christmas dessert, but I think I will try Mama Pea’s Funky Monkey Pie!!


20 Simply Life December 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

this sounds great! My favorite way is vanilla soy milk in oats!


21 Lauren December 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I used soymilk when making christmas cookies yesterday!


22 Tiffany December 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Using soy milk instead of milk for the lactose folks!


23 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I use soy milk everyday in my oatmeal, Christmas or not!


24 Theresa December 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’m asian, so soy beans for dessert!


25 amy marantino December 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

i will offer soy milk as an alternative to cream


26 Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan December 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I am going to drink soy nog! And I am so excited about it.


27 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats December 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I’m hoping to use soy nog in my coffee alllll day on Christmas day. lol. :)


28 Kristen December 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I use soy as a substitute in lots of stuff, but this is one of my favorite recipes – Tofu Vegetarian Pot Pie.


29 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm

We always use soy in anything that requires milk like pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole!


30 Ruby December 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Soy milk!


31 Megan December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I like to make silken tofu in dips!


32 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I really don’t have much experience with soy, so I’d probably incorporate something simple like soy beans into a dish!


33 Ali December 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

tofu pumpkin pie is the best!!! With a glass of icy sog-nog too.


34 jazmin December 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

While most of the holiday cooking is left up to the elders of my family, I have taken it upon myself to make CHristmas morning Eggnog pancakes using Silk egg nog :)


35 Lindsey December 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Although I do not celebrate X-mas, my family gets together and eats all day :)

I always make my famous spicy curry tofu salad- YUM!


36 Kalyn December 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I plan to use soymilk for some of my baking, as well as eating some of the granola I made!


37 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I like to use it in my Christmas morning pancakes!


38 Haley December 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I like to use silken tofu in smoothies to add protein, especially after workouts! Tyler Florence’s version is the one I base most of mine on:


39 Lori Z December 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I love Mama Peas Funky Monkey Pie as well as Chocolate Covered Katies Chocolate Fudge Pie!


40 Isabel December 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Tofu works for everything, honestly! I’ve already used it to make pesto (yesterday) and baked tofu, and tomorrow it will be time to make tofu truffles (nod and smile and pretend not to hear if one of the receivers asks what’s in it).


41 meghan December 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I am allergic to milk so I am always using soy milk as a milk replacer! Most recently in baking, I used it to make cinnamon rolls :)


42 katie December 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I plan to get my hands on some dark chocolate soy milk.. YUMMM!


43 Jen@Tip Top Shape December 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Since we have three lactose-intolerant people in my house, we are possibly planning on using soy eggnog with our french toast :)


44 mari December 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I cant drink milk or regular egg nog so ill be drinking soy nog this wknd!


45 Crystal December 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I’ve made some delicious vegan cookies by using soy milk. I’m also loving soynog – and I’m not even an eggnog fan!


46 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Definitely used Soy Nog in my gluten & dairy-free holiday Eggnog Spice Granola!


47 Tina M December 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

I will use soymilk for smoothies and making tofu hamburger


48 Theresa December 23, 2011 at 12:38 am

I’m spending Christmas at Fort Lauderdale this year so I will be making a tropical shrimp and edamame salad with red peppers, corn and lemon dressing. Can’t wait!!


49 Lauren December 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

I always have jummy soy milk for all my visiting nieces and nephews!


50 Hillary December 23, 2011 at 2:48 am
This banana cream pie sounds delicious!


51 alain December 23, 2011 at 3:09 am

thanks Allie for holding this wonderful giveaway! for xmas dinner this year, I am making banh xeo, but instead of adding shrimp to the batter I am going to cook up a tofu/water chestnut stir fry to put inside of it! love soy!


52 Bonbon December 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

I’ll be making my very own soy milk!


53 Alina December 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

I love using soy milk for baking or just straight up in my cereal! It gives a nice flavor and a lot of protein :)


54 Floey December 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

I’d probably use it in my hot chocolate milk with marshmallows!


55 anash December 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

I will use soymilk instead of pasturized in my baking due to my daughters allergy! Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway

anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com


56 Laura December 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

This isn’t really a recipe, but I ALWAYS use soy milk in place of regular milk in recipes. My mom and sister are both lactose intolerant, and I just prefer soymilk (especially over their skim lactaid milk…tastes like water to me!)


57 Ashley H. December 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

We will have these blueberry muffins for breakfast:
Blueberry Muffins

1-1/2 cups flour (may be all or part whole wheat)
1/2 cup Soy Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup Soy Milk
2 egg whites
2 Tbs Soy Oil
1 cup blueberries

Preheat the oven to 375°.
In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, soy flour, baking powder, brown sugar and cinnamon.
In a small mixing bowl whisk together the Soy Milk, egg whites and oil. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
Stir the blueberries into the batter (if using frozen berries, do not thaw first). Divide batter among 12 nonstick or lightly greased muffin cups. Bake at 375° for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden and center tests done. Remove from pan immediately.


58 Shannon December 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

These tacos are a hands down favorite in our house. They’re full of protein and DELICIOUS, exactly what you want after tough workout.


59 Andrea December 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

I love making Mexican dishes using Trader Joe’s soy chorizo instead of meat.


60 Yin December 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

I plan to replace regular milk for soy when I bake some bread this weekend!


61 Lauren December 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’ll be using soy milk in my baking this weekend! :)


62 Casi December 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

During this time of year, it’s sooo important to eat a healthy breakfast to start you on the right foot for the day. That’s why I make my morning smoothies with soy milk (along with a banana, cashews, honey, and vanilla). OH this is so delicious I could live off of this!


63 ezzie December 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I looove my mom’s soondubu jigae, a Korean dish that includes silkentofu. Here’s a link to a recipe from Maangchi, she has great step-by-step instructions!


64 JR December 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I plan on having a tofu stir fry with soy sauce and soy ice cream for dessert


65 JW December 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Soymilk in my Hot cocoa!


66 Deanna G. December 24, 2011 at 4:54 am

I plan to use soy milk in my cookies! :)


67 Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest December 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

I’m going to use soy milk when I bake some cookies this weekend!


68 Nicole G December 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I plan on having some delicious baked tofu with sweet potatoes and carrots for my holiday meal instead of the ham/prime rib that my family is serving since I’m a vegetarian.


69 Sarah December 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Tofu chocolate pudding or smoothies!!!!


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