August 14th, 2007

Not using so much soy meat products - how can I reduce?

Hi there,

Looked around for an answer -- found great recipes -- but would like some more input from others. :)

Of late I have come to rely on soy "meat" products when cooking. Not only are they expensive, but they start to taste a bit like cardboard after awhile (and most of them don't work as leftovers). Honestly, I've never tried seitan, as I'm a bit leary that it will be tough and even more like cardboard. ;)

No one in my family is allergic to soy products, so my desire to decrease soy is not based on that...but more of a choice.

What are some of your favorite products to use when you want to make something like, say, pasta with a soy meat sauce? Do you you seitan? If so, how does it taste?

On a side note, I made vegan "hamburger helper" last night and no one could tell the difference! :)

Thanks!

Vegan Chocolate Chewies



2 1/4 cups vegan powdered sugar
6 Tbsp. Cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. flour
3 Tbsp. Agar Powder dissolved in 3 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or chopped walnuts

Mix the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and flour together in a bowl. Slowly beat in the dissolved agar powder. Add water if the dough looks too thick. Fold in chocolate chips or nuts, or both! Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes at 325 degrees. Makes about 6-10 chewies depending on how big of a spoonful you use.