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There are countless soy and vegetable-based meat substitutes on the market that will make your transition to meatless fare a piece of cake. You can buy frozen ground beef or sausage substitutes to use in tacos, sloppy joes, chili and lasagne. You can also find many varieties of veggie burgers, meatless hot dogs, vegetarian deli slices, and other meat replacements to satisfy any desire you might have for some of these "comfort foods".
If you think that tofu burgers are bland unsatisfying, think again. A tofu burger will be as flavorful or unflavorful as you make it. Looking for a good idea? Try making some delicious smoked tofu burgers that will leave no room for complaints. Before getting started, grill some firm tofu over mesquite chips for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, follow the recipe below:
According to nutritionist Bonnie Minsky, vegetarians should consume at leart one or two complimentary grains every day. In her book, Nutrition in a Nutshell," she explains that Ezekiel's Bread is an ideal biblical example of plant protein combining. Also, contrary to popular opinion, beans and grains do not have to be consumed together, but can be consumed at any time within a 24-hour period.
When you replace the meat in your recipe with plant-based ingredients, you should expect the finished product to look and taste different than when it was made with meat. The difference isn't necessarily better or worse, just different. It may take some getting used to, but with time you may prefer the new version.
If you've read my Lifetips book, you know I love anything by Tofurkey! These are the only tofu-based meat substitutes on the market (most are based on unhealthy, processed soy mutations like "soy protein isolate," "soy protein concentrate," "texturized vegetable protein," or "hydrolyzed vegetable protein.")
When most people think of Tofurkey, they think of fake turkey. But this Italian sausage by Tofurkey is a total home run. It contains 50% less fat than typical pork Italisn sausage. Also, the Tofurkey sausage has NO cholesterol, while pork sausage usually has about 65 mg. One serving (which is one link) contains 29 grams of protein...and is delicious!
Tofurkey uses non-genetically modified soy beans and other non-gmo ingredients. The sausages contain sun-dried tomato, basil, garlic, and other spices! The flavor is unbeatable and very fresh. Plus, they make great hot dog substitutes. Learn more at www.Tofurkey.com.
You can't lose when you cook these Tofurkey Italian sausages. Cook them cut up in bite-size pieces (my preference) or as they are (in links the size of hotdogs). You can grill them on a low temp in the skillet (they brown quickly). Cut them up into a veggie egg scramble. Unlike a lot of other fake meats, these sausages do not need to be over-cooked to avoid being mooshy. Like animal meat, once they're golden brown, they're done.
Meat alternatives made from soybeans contain soy protein or tofu and other ingredients mixed together to simulate various kinds of meat. These meat alternatives are sold as frozen, canned or dried foods. Usually, they can be used the same way as the foods they replace. With so many different meat alternatives available to consumers, the nutritional value of these foods varies considerably. Generally, they are lower in fat, but read the label to be certain. Meat alternatives made from soybeans are excellent sources of protein, iron and B vitamins.
In the process of making tofu, hot soy milk is blended with a coagulant to form a curd. At this stage, soft tofu is poured directly into its package. For medium to extra-firm tofu, the curd is poured into a mold, covered with cotton, pressed to form a block, cut and then packaged. The textures of each type of tofu vary greatly, and each has specific uses in recipes.
For a tasty variation on tofu, try grilling it on your barbecue. Press firm or extra-firm tofu for 30-60 minutes to remove excess moisture. Brush with a mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil and grill, basting with the same mixture until browned, about 5 minutes per side. To prevent your tofu from sticking, brush your grill generously with oil beforehand.
To press tofu, and remove excess water, remove the tofu from the package and place it on a dinner plate. Place another plate of equal size over the tofu, and weight it down with 2-3 cans or other similar weight. Press the tofu for about 15-20 minutes. Discard the liquid and proceed with your recipe.
The more popular soyfoods such as tofu, meat alternatives, soy sauce, soy flour and soybean oil, can be found in supermarkets. In natural and health foods stores you will find the greatest variety of soyfoods. Asian food stores carry most of those soyfoods used in East Asia. Several products, such as textured soy flour, textured soy protein concentrates, soynuts and soynut butter can be obtained through mail-order catalogs.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|