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”

Enlightened Tofu, Snow Peas and Brown Rice

 

Tofu and Snow Peas Photo Juan Carlo

Stir-frying involves quick cooking over high heat in a small amount of oil. Quick cooking in this manner preserves the flavor, color and texture of the food and the vegetables come out slightly crisp with all of their vitamins intact.

When stir-frying you may use a traditional Chinese wok or a heavy gauge 14 inch stir fry pan that has sloping sides of a typical wok.  A pan like this is similar in that the heat concentrates at the bottom of the pan and the curved sides allow you to push the ingredients to the side. A stir-fry pan will also feature a long handle for easy maneuvering.

Stir-fry calls for oil with a high smoking point, such as corn or safflower and heating oil to the smoking point. Choosing a heavy gauge wok pan and there isn’t any need for such oils.  Continue reading “Enlightened Tofu, Snow Peas and Brown Rice”

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!”

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!”

Yam Good Okara Burgers ~ Easy Tasty and Nutritious!

There has been an upsurge in interest in meat and dairy-free foods among health conscious consumers, who are not necessarily vegetarian. Thirty five percent of Americans are obese, a stunning fact that has fueled interest in the plant-based diet.

It is well documented that people who choose a vegetarian diet enjoy superior health with lower risks for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.[1]

Recently, The Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned an online Harris Poll of 2,015 adults 18 and over, about 245 million. They estimate the number of vegetarians at about eight million adults, about half which were also vegan:  3.7 million U.S. adults are vegan; 4.3 million are vegetarian but not vegan.

It is not just eight million vegetarians and vegans who have made veggie burgers a common item in restaurants and supermarkets across North America. Veggie burgers are delicious and convenient, but have you ever thought about making them up in your own kitchen? Continue reading “Yam Good Okara Burgers ~ Easy Tasty and Nutritious!”

The Skinny on Soy Takes on Soy-Bashers!

Soy. Mention its benefits in polite company and brace yourself for a barrage of questions and accusations directed at soy and all the products made from it.

For more than a dozen years now, posting soy recipes or articles is bound to elicit some hysterical comments from consumers frightened by an onslaught of anti-soy rhetoric from a small group of serial soy bashers

Soy has a long and venerable history spanning fifty centuries of Asian culture and has been the subject of more than seventy years of research in the scientific community.

As interest in the health benefits of soy intensified in the research community, the popularity of soyfoods skyrocketed and acceptance among mainstream consumers began to take hold.  Continue reading “The Skinny on Soy Takes on Soy-Bashers!”