Fab Food Friday- Savory Soy!
Soybeans start off small green and in a pod, very much like peas. But unlike their plant counterpart, these beans are smashed, mashed, strained, and drained into tofu and other food products that will provide the body with the best source of plant protein one can find. Soy is the highest non-animal source of 8 essential amino acids, as the only complete plant protein it contains fiber, B vitamins, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Which we found out in our Super Salmon post, all contribute to lowering high cholesterol and promoting healthy brain function. Soy also contains phytoestrogens or isoflavones which nourishes skin, and has estrogen-like effects on the body possibly helping to reduce symptoms of menopause.
Trying to get people excited about soy is not an easy job, especially for avid meat eaters. But substituting 25 grams of soy for meat at least once a week will have major health and beauty benefits. Soy can be savory and delicious; we found three recipes that received good reviews and look scrumptious. For those that love Sunday Brunch, be open to making this 1) Vegan Tofu Quiche with Herbs, Mushrooms, and Scallions. It’s filled with spices and veggies that will give you a healthy and filling start to your day. For a more traditional Asian flare to your soy protein intake, 2) Savory Orange-Roasted Tofu & Asparagus might interest you. Tofu is a blank slate when it comes to flavor, really absorbing and letting the other ingredients do the work. Make sure to try your dishes as you are cooking them to see if it’s producing the right flavor, if not a pinch of this or a dash of that will make all the difference before bringing it to the table. For the really finicky eater, we think this 3)Tofu Rigatoni Casserole is the best way to sneak soy into their/your diet. With the inclusion of real cheese and the basic ingredient set up for any simple Italian dish, you will think this is like any other yummy pasta meal.
Have a Fab Food Friday and if you try out any of these super recipes, we want to hear what you think!
Click after the jump for links to recipes and interesting articles about the amazing power of soy protein!
*Our Fab Food Friday posts are written based of information found in various articles around the internet, you can find the source of this information below “read more.” These posts are intended to be interesting content, always consult a physician if you have any health concerns.
1. Click Here- Vegan Tofu Quiche with Herbs, Mushrooms, Scallions.
2. Click Here- Savory Orange- Roasted Tofu & Asparagus
3. Click Here- Tofu Rigatoni Casserole