Tofu Teriyaki with a Kick! Recipe: Spiced Tofu Teriyaki

Of all the wonderful soyfoods available, none is better known or less understood than tofu. While characteristically bland, its very lack of flavor makes tofu so adaptable, easily absorbing a rich marinade or the flavor of other ingredients.

Most tofu is water packed and some are vacuum packed or aseptically packaged. Texture is an important component when choosing the right tofu for a particular dish.

When making a stir fry or where the tofu will be handled a lot, it is alway best to choose the firmest tofu available. For me, super firm tofu is the only choice. It not only holds up best. It has a degree of density that imparts a chewiness that cannot be duplicated.  Continue reading “Tofu Teriyaki with a Kick! Recipe: Spiced Tofu Teriyaki”

Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish

 

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Stewed Tomatoes

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Stewed Tomatoes is a delightful dish that contains a high level of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and a veritable riot of health-supporting phytonutrients.

The combination of hearty legumes, leafy greens, tomatoes and pungent spices make this a tasty and super healthy meal.

Naturally low in fat and essentially free of saturated fat, legumes are a great source of nutrition. Legumes contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins and many important minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous. Continue reading “Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish”

Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!

Spiced Tempeh with Confetti Vegetables

Superfoods, by definition are nutrient-dense and considered especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. A food that is rich in compounds, such as antioxidants, fiber or phytonutrients that can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and may help prevent cancer and other diseases is regarded as a superfood.

Soyfoods are nutrient dense and deliver on all of the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood! Soybeans are loaded with complete protein, antioxidants and phytochemicals and contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber… all of which have been credited with numerous health benefits. Continue reading “Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!”

Grilled Marinated Tofu on the Barbie

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Grilled Marinated Tofu is delicious with a great ‘meaty’ texture.  The key is  to use super firm tofu, or a pressing technique and our richly flavorful  marinade.

As you shop for this recipe look for fruit-sweetened organic BBQ sauce. Always read the label to avoid any animals products, such as honey or casein and chemical additives.

For really firm tofu that won’t fall apart on the grill, I always use super firm tofu, available at natural food grocers and Trader Joes in shrink wrapped packaging. It is really sturdy and has the best texture!

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Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying

Tempeh (tem-pay) is a delicious whole soyfood that is nothing like tofu. These tender cakes of cultured whole soybeans have a chewy texture and hearty consistency that even meat eaters like.

Rich in fiber and a nutrient dense source of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and unique phytonutrients, the mighty soybean delivers on all the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood.

According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator of the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health 1, soy foods are some of the healthiest foods you can put on the table. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls the ‘Big Five,’ heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure. Continue reading “Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying”

Eat Your Way to Better Health!

Heart Healthy Sriracha Baked Tofu, Kale and Garbanzo Beans

According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator on the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health, soyfoods are some of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls The ‘Big Five,1 heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country and a highly nutritious food that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease is sure to attract attention. Continue reading “Eat Your Way to Better Health!”

Okara Burgers, Nutritious, Economical and Oh-So-Easy!

 

Think it is a chore to make fresh delicious soymilk every week? Not at all! With premium Laura Soybeans® and my SoyaJoy Soymilk Maker delicious, pearly white soymilk is quick, easy and incredibly inexpensive!

Non-GMO Laura Soybeans are the key in making tasty, non-beany soymilk and the SoyaJoy G4 is the automatic soymilk maker that makes almost 2 liters of delicious soymilk in about 20 minutes.

If you don’t make your own soymilk, you should definitely consider this easy and economical way to make the best tasting plant milks.  Check it out! Make Fresh Delicious Soymilk for Pennies in Just 20 Minutes!

Okara is a byproduct of making soymilk and if you make your own soy milk as I do twice a week you have copious amounts of the stuff in your freezer. Continue reading “Okara Burgers, Nutritious, Economical and Oh-So-Easy!”

VegTV’s Plant-Based Product All-Stars!

Trade shows are essential for spotting trends in food, beverage, supplement and personal care products and VegTV covers trade shows several times a year.

We scour the exhibitors and their product lines, looking the latest and greatest vegan products about to enter the market!

The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural products event and hosted more than 80,000 setting records yet again!

This show is massive! The entire Anaheim Convention Center is filled wall to wall with exhibits that overflow into Anaheim Hilton and, for the first time this year into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel as well. Continue reading “VegTV’s Plant-Based Product All-Stars!”

Are Soyfoods Safe?

 

Soy Bashing has become a cottage industry among a vocal contingent of anti-soy activists who have been spreading rumors about soy for more than a dozen years.

Soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens.

These phytoestrogens, AKA isoflavones have been a theoretical concern at the root of many shocking claims that have been quite distressing to health conscious consumers.

It has been implied that consuming soy adversely affects fertility and encourages feminization in men and boys and sexual abnormalities. Continue reading “Are Soyfoods Safe?”

Soy, The Kitchen Chameleon, Recipe ~ Choplets in Rich Brown Sauce

From China to Japan, Indonesia to Okinawa, soy has been a staple in Asian culture for millennia. The Chinese import 60 percent of all the soybeans produced in the world and the Japanese have soy basically at every meal starting the day with a bowl of miso soup like Americans do with their coffee.

Soybeans have been shown to contain an impressive array of nutrients and sub-nutrients that would dwarf most other foods, plant-based or otherwise. Soy is rich in fiber and a nutrient-dense source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

For decades, scientists have produced numerous studies demonstrating that soybeans are the source of complete protein, complex carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber and unique phytochemicals credited with the prevention of many chronic diseases. Continue reading “Soy, The Kitchen Chameleon, Recipe ~ Choplets in Rich Brown Sauce”