Monday, March 31, 2014

Textured Soy Protein



Whenever I feel like eating rice with vegetables I always think there is something missing and this something usually is protein. Two good vegan sources of protein are quinoa and soy. *Make sure to buy organic, as most countries use GMO soy and quinoa*

Today my lunch was very easy, practical and super nutritious. I made a simple rice with quinoa, cooked together, kale stir fried with some garlic, mushrooms and soy protein seasoned with tomato paste, Kalamata olives, garlic, spring onions and vegetable stock. It was simply delicious and I actually had seconds.

I really missed some home cooked food! Working in a restaurant I usually eat with the staff and the food, although very good, is not always with that homemade feel and I find it too elaborated sometimes. I’m a simple girl, who likes simple, yet very tasty food and most of the time I crave pasta or some other childhood memory meal that includes carbs. Having an Italian family doesn’t help! Plus, at the restaurant I end up eating just salad as the main food always seems to be meat for some reason! So, yes, I really missed my own homemade food. It might be extremely simple but it definitely is full of love and nutrition.

I don’t know how you make your soy protein, but I simply fry some garlic in olive oil, add 2 cups of dehydrated soy and season it with salt and pepper to taste. Then, I add tomato paste (2 tbsp), a little water (about 1 cup), spring onions and olives or whatever else I have in the fridge. And that’s it. It’s very simple and fast to make and such a good complement for the rice and veggies.

By eating vegan and organic not only we are contributing to our own health but also making sure life is respected the way it should be, without antibiotics and fertilizers and without helping the terrible processed food industry to make billions. We are helping the animals live a longer and good life and being cruelty free. We are helping our intestine digest better and giving our bodies more vitamins.

Respect what you eat, respect your body and your soul and respect the mother nature!

Anybody has another soy protein recipe to share? Or any absurdly delicious vegan dessert?