Today I would like to address this issue of soy. It's a hotty tomale topic so feel free to disagree... just remember what Byron Katie says about defense so don't expect me to battle you back.
If you are a vegan based on the principles outlined in such poppy culture books as Skinny Bitch (ugh) then you are likely inclined to think that eating a vegan ' burger' is a wiser choice than eating a real burger. Not sure I would agree with that.
Soyafied! We've got a glass of milk, cheesecake, shepperds pie, pumpkin pie, a roast, a burrito, a corn dog, some scramble, and absolutely terrifying bacon. This is the challenge I have with soy. I just don't trust it. Soy is up there for me with corn as the scary grand-diddy-dos of frankenfood. They can make it do just about anything and they do! We end up eating it all sorts of shapes and sizes. True, we are sparing the animals but we are not sparing anything else. The devil in farmer's coveralls, Monsanto has pretty much taken over soy crops in North America, genetically modifying them and what they don't stuff into the animals- they stuff into us. This practice is neither good for our personal health or planetary health. This is why I say Nofu to Tofu. The above weird soy foods? Never, ever. I'd sooner eat real meat, real eggs and real cheese.
There is nothing wrong with soy in small quantities, but the main challenge I have with soy in vegan diets is that people use it to substitute too many food groups.
There are also the common questions about soy contributing to cancer, or soy as a benefit to menopausal women. Both can be true. Soy has a phytoestrogen effect on the body. This means it mimics our own estrogen. Most women who take the birth control pill tend to be estrogen dominant and this high level of estrogen has been linked to hormonal cancers such as those that affect the female reproductive organs and breasts. With menopause, estrogen production drops dramatically and so these phytoestrogens can help ease the body's transition.
The bottom line here veganettas and veganttos is that we don't need to rely on soy for a quick and easy high protein meal. With that in mind, here is an easy option that I'll call "Nofu Quinoa Bowl"
Nofu Quinoa Bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: one-pot steam lunch dinner entree dairy-free gluten-free vegan vegetarian soy-free quinoa broccoli cauliflower whole food
Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
- 1/4 cup quinoa (or 1/2 cup cooked grain)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 can kidney beans
- 3-4 cups of veg (I used 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup cauliflower, 1 cup Brussel’s, 1/2 cup chard and 1/2 cup kale)
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 Tbs flax oil
- 1 Tbs tamari
- dash of sea salt and cayenne to taste
- sprinkle of sunflower seeds
- sprinkle of sunflower sprouts
Use leftover quinoa or make fresh, either adding curry powder pre-cooking or pre-re-heating. Can use same cooking method as with Power Oatmeal- bringing to a boil and then turning heat off completely.
In separate pot, steam all the veggies.
Once veggies are vibrant in colour, chop’em up.
Mix into to the cooked quinoa and add the beans.
Serve into a bowl and then drizzle with flax, sea salt, tamari, cayenne, sunflower seeds and sprouts.
Mix and enjoy.
Note- if you are planning on re-heating (and this will make 2-3 servings) than do not add flax oil to the whole pot, just do what you will be eating.