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I try to add some tofu into Cooper's diet when I can and I find an easy way to add it is to use silken tofu. Silken tofu is creamy and can be used in desserts or added to savoury dishes to make them creamy.

It is also a great product to add to an adult diet as it is high in protein, low in fat and is a good product to use if trying to reduce cholesterol. It is also said to reduce risk of heart disease. There isn't a down side at all.

I would advise you not to give tofu to your baby when weaning them. It is best to wait until they are 9 months to a year old as there is a risk of allergies, as there is with nuts. I have also read reports that say soy products are not good for babies, hence the debate about soy-based formulas. So it is best to wait.

Now Cooper is a toddler, tofu is a great source of protein, but because it is low fat, I have to make sure he is also getting a good amount of fat and calories in his diet too. Such a big no-no for us as adults, but so important to growing children.

I served this pesto with pasta, but it would be great on a pannini, spread across a puff tart, before adding the other ingredients or on a wrap with roast vegetables or salad. If you added more olive oil and it would make a delicious salad dressing.

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Creamy Triple Green Pesto
A creamy pesto made with basil, peas & spinach. Low fat, high in protein and good for those trying to reduce their cholesterol.
  • ½ cup peas
  • 50g spinach
  • 30 fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp silken tofu
  • a grind of black pepper
1. Blanch the peas for a couple of minutes to soften slightly.

2. Wilt the spinach, by placing in a colander and pouring over a kettleful of boiling water. When wilted, rinse with cold water and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

3. Whizz all the ingredients together and season with freshly ground black pepper.

This pesto will happily sit in the fridge for a few days and also freezes well.
Prep time: Yield: 2 cups of pesto

Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans

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