Soy products

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Vegan cooking is certainly an art- Ingredients such as milk, buttermilk, eggs, and butter are almost essential for certain recipes. But, as we explored, the substitutions are more than adequate. With that said, there are a lot of ingredients that a lot of vegan chefs find essential. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common.

 

Soy Products

 

Soy is probably the most versatile plant out there, especially when it comes to creating healthy and protein rich vegan meals. Here is a list of some of the soy products that are out there:

 

  • Soy milk
    This is readily available and can be found in several different flavors, such as vanilla and chocolate.

 

  • Tofu
    Tofu comes in different levels of firmness such as extra firm, or soft.

 

  • Tempeh
    Tempeh is a fermented product with a hearty, meaty texture that can be used in stir fries and other meals.

 

  • Ground Meat replacement
    This soy food is a staple to some, because you can make meals such as Spaghetti Bolognese and vegan chili.

 

  • Soy yogurt
    Contains the active cultures just like regular yogurt and comes in a variety of flavors.

 

  • Miso
    Miso is a fermented salty paste that is made from soy and is used as a popular, enzyme rich soup base.

 

  • Tamari and Soy Sauce
    Both condiments are made from soy.

 

  • Edemame
    These are the fresh soy beans and are excellent by themselves or in stir fries.

 

  • Soy cheese
    Soy cheese even melts and has a similar texture as real cheese.

 

  • Soy sausage, hot dogs, and hamburger patties
    Vegans can enjoy breakfast sausage, hot dogs, and even hamburger patties.

 

  • Soy “chicken”
    They come in a variety of forms such as patties, nuggets, etc.

 

  • Soy protein powder
    Soy protein offers a great way to increase your daily protein intake. You can put a scoop in your morning smoothie, or add it to recipes such as pancakes and breads.

 

  • Soy flour
    This is also a valuable product, particularly for baking.

 

There are a variety of soy products out there and this wasn’t necessarily a complete list. It just illustrates the versatility of the food product. Look for soy products that are used from non-genetically modified soy beans.

 

But, soy foods have their critics. Some only like to use them in their “traditional” forms such as tofu, tempeh, miso, edemame, and tamari. Opponents of processed soy products are leery of the fact that they are designed to taste like meat or milk products which to them, defeats the purpose of being vegan. Plus, these foods tend to be highly processed which doesn’t necessarily make them healthier. Whether or not you decide to use them is a decision that you should make after you weigh the pros and cons.

 

Peace.

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