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The Soup's On . . . and it's Powered by Soy

Image: soy soup (ARA) - These days, food on the go is a necessity, with hectic schedules and special activities that often prevent cooking a healthy meal at home. But now there's a quick and easy way to get good nutrition that also tastes good.

Responding to growing demand for ready to eat soyfood products, Morinaga Nutritional Foods, maker of a septically packaged Mori-Nu Silken Tofu,has introduced four heat-and-serve, soy-based soups: Mori-Nu Creamy Butternut Squash, Creamy Corn, Creamy Garden Pea, and Creamy Tomato. The all-natural, dairy-free soups offer four to six grams of soy protein per serving and are made with only non-genetically modified ingredients including Mori-Nu's exclusive creamy organic tofu purée and fresh vegetables. They are available in one quart and 11-ounce single serving sizes at supermarkets and health food stores.

"Mori-Nu Soups offer a healthy dose of soy protein in a familiar food Americans know and love," says Susan Buchér of Mori-Nu. "The tofu purée gives them a rich, creamy texture similar to products using dairy as a base," she explains. The soups can be served alone for warm, satisfying meals, or used in recipes to create rich sauces and casseroles.

Mori-Nu Creamy Soups are packaged in airtight, long-life containers for a "made from scratch" taste often missing from canned soups. They do not require refrigeration until opened; unused portions remain fresh up to five days when refrigerated.

Thanks to the FDA approval of a soyfoods health claim in October 1999, more Americans than ever know that eating 25 grams of soy protein daily, along with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Sales data from a new report, "Soyfoods: US Market 2001," produced by SPINS and Soyatech in association with Arthur D. Little, shows soyfood sales grew by more than 21 percent during 2000 to reach $2.77 billion. Sales are projected to grow by 15 to 25 percent in 2001. Within this category, ready-to-eat soyfood products are growing at a strong clip.

For more information about Mori-Nu products, visit or call (310) 787-0200.

Linguine al Pesto
Reprinted with permission, "The Enlightened Kitchen," John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Marie Oser 2002
Serves 8

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 large bunch fresh basil leaves
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3/4 cup Mori-Nu Creamy Garden Pea Soup
1/2 cup soy Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/8 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 (16 ounce) package linguine

Toast pine nuts in a small, dry frying pan. Place the basil and garlic in food processor and process to chop coarsely. Add pine nuts and Creamy Garden Pea Soup, then process. Add the soy Parmesan, nutritional yeast, black pepper and salt. Process until well mixed and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and toss with pesto. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per serving (1-1/2 cups): Calories 283, Protein 12g, Carbohydrate 50g, Fat 5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 261mg

Roasted Corn and Potato Gratin
Reprinted with permission, "The Enlightened Kitchen," John Wiley &Sons, Inc. Marie Oser 2002
Serves 8

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red onion, cut in half crosswise and into 1/4-inch wedges
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
4 cup peeled and thinly sliced potatoes
1 (3 ounce) package roasted sweet corn
2/3 cup dry sherry
2 1/2 cups Mori-Nu Creamy Corn Soup
1 tablespoon tamari

1-1/2 tablespoons whole wheat bread crumbs (non-hydrogenated)
1-1/2 tablespoons soy Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
sprinkling of paprika for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil and crushed pepper in a 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add garlic, onions and bell pepper. Cook 3 minutes; add potatoes and cook mixture for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add roasted corn and mix thoroughly. Add sherry and lower heat to medium low. Add Creamy Corn Soup and tamari; simmer 5 minutes. Turn into a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs with soy Parmesan cheese and garlic. Top with crumb mixture and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake covered, 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutritional information per serving (1-1/2 cups): Calories 191, Protein 7g, Carbohydrate 33g, Fat 4g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 317mg

Courtesy of ARA Content

EDITOR'S NOTE: For product samples, high-resolution digital images or more information, contact Susan Buchér or Erika Krakker, (800) 669-8638.

Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc. is a leading maker and marketer of soyfoods in the United States. The exclusive aseptic package of the company's Mori-Nu Silken Tofu was voted "the most significant food science innovation of the last 50 years" by the prestigious Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) for increasing nutrient retention and flavor while ensuring safety.

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