The world of soy
Besides the easy-access,
prefab soy products, such as soy burgers, soy ice cream, and soy cheese,
there are a wide array of products that are just perfect for cooking.
They can provide a welcome relief when you've had one Boca burger too
Yep, you can eat 'em straight. Soybeans make
for a delightfully munchable snack, bursting to the brim with fiber and
protein. Buy them dried and salted at your local health food store as "soy
nuts," a tasty
lower-fat alternative to peanuts. Or make like the Japanese and serve
boiled beans as a side dish or appetizer. Boiled soybeans are vaguely
reminiscent of the more familiar (and often decried) lima bean, but soy
has a much firmer texture. Served whole in the pod at Japanese restaurants,
they appear under the name "edamame" (the Japanese term for
soy bean), and they're temptingly addictive.
Processed from soybeans that are soaked, ground,
and strained, soy milk makes a great substitute for the old dairy standby,
milk. Its texture and viscosity mimics regular milk, and because it contains
no lactose or casein (a milk derivative), it's safe for anyone who can't
tolerate dairy products because of lactose intolerance, food allergies,
or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Like cow's milk, you can find soy milk in a number of varieties, including
regular, low-fat, and chocolate- and vanilla-flavored "drinks." The
flavored varieties are more palatable for drinking straight, and vanilla-flavored
is good for pouring over your morning cereal. Brands vary in terms of
flavor, color, and texture, so shop around until you find one you like.
As an extra-special added bonus, soy milk has a much longer shelf life
than dairy milk. Some brands are sold in aseptic containers (i.e., no
refrigeration needed) that can live in your pantry for months until opened.
Once opened, you'll need to store it in the fridge, but even then, the
shelf life is much longer than the measly few weeks you get with cow