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Tofu "Cream Cheese"

Ah, how we love cheese. Ah, how cheese hates our hearts! This tofu version of cheese has a good bit of satisfaction and none of the fat that threatens your heart health. Try it….you’ll like it.

Makes 5-6 servings

Ingredient List: 

1 pound firm tofu
2 teaspoons umeboshi paste
1 teaspoon sesame tahini
2-3 fresh green onions, minced
1-2 ribs celery, diced
1 carrot, grated
small handful fresh flat leaf parsley, minced
juice of 1 lemon

Step By Step Instructions: 

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook tofu for 5 minutes. Drain and then simply puree with umeboshi paste and tahini until smooth. Fold in vegetables and lemon juice, transfer to a serving bowl and chill thoroughly before serving.

Cook’s Tip: Umeboshi paste can be found in natural food stores and will give this ‘cream cheese’ the delicate sour flavor we associate with cream cheese.