Soy Curls is an exciting new product made of dried whole soybeans, its only ingredient. It really does have the chewy texture of meat, so if you are new to a plant-based lifestyle and are really missing animal protein, this may help you over the hump. It is fantastic in chili and many other dishes that could benefit from a little more texture. One of the foods I’ve missed since adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle over six years ago is a Chinese dish called Orange Beef.
One of the meals I’ve missed in the six-plus years since adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle is a Chinese dish called Spicy Orange Beef. It was not so much the meat I was missing but the chewy texture of strips smothered in a bold, sweet, zesty ginger-orange sauce with a backdrop of spicy heat. I have come spectacularly close to recreating it with this recipe featuring soy curls.
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Butler Soy Curls is an innovative product for the plant-based cook who still craves the texture of meat. It rehydrates in ten minutes and takes on the flavor of the seasonings you choose to use. It is simple to work with and can be utilized as an ingredient in chili, soups and stews, sandwiches, or as a main course. It is 100% soy and unlike tofu retains the fiber of the soybean. Butler Soy Curls is an amazing product. I'm still creating new recipes for this product.
Wholesome Organic Molasses is the best brand of molasses I have found, plus it is organic!
It is important to buy peppers organically grown because they are likely to have been treated with particularly toxic pesticides, including neurotoxins. (For more information about pesticide contamination in foods got to www.ewg.org.) If you use a lot of peppers, it is more cost effective to buy in bulk. I buy at least two of these one-pound bags of crushed red pepper each year. Frontier is a brand I've come to trust.
If you only use crushed red peppers occasionally, it is best to purchase a smaller quantity to preserve freshness. It is important to buy peppers organically grown because they are likely to have been treated with particularly toxic pesticides, including neurotoxins. (For more information about pesticide contamination in foods got to www.ewg.org.) Simply Organic is a reliable brand I trust.
Boyajian Orange Oil is a very useful pantry item to have on hand as a substitute for orange zest. When using this oil remember that a little goes a very long way. I sometimes use it in my Homemade Barbecue Sauce recipe when I don't feel like running to the store for just an orange. In that recipe ONE DROP is plenty. Two drops will overwhelm the dish. I kid you not, I bought glass eye droppers to measure out my orange, lemon and lime oils. They are lovely to use but extremely powerful. Use with caution!!