National Soy Month…Really?
April is National Soy Month; dedicated to this nutritious and healthy vegetable. A member of the legume family, soybeans has been used for over 5000 years in Asian cooking. Also a complete protein, soy has become increasingly important in the western diet, especially for women and vegetarians. Soy milk is often curdled and turned into tofu which can be used in a variety of dishes and is a great way to reduce red meat in your diet without feeling deprived.
With that in mind, I decided to try to take the All-American hamburger and turn it into the All-American soy burger. My first step was to check out the soy and tofu recipes from Recipe4Living. Tofu Burgers can be baked or fried which makes them easy to make any time of the year. Add a few condiments and you’ll have a hard time noticing that this is tofu and not meat.
1 lb tofu
1/2 C. whole wheat flour
3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
2 Tbs. vegetable bouillon powder
pepper to taste
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1/4 C. (or more) sesame seeds
1 small scrubbed potato
1/4 tsp. (or more) garlic powder
onion powder to taste, or one small onion
Grind the tofu, potato and onion (if using) in a food processor. Don’t let it get too fine. Mix in remaining ingredients, shape into burgers and bake at around 350 degrees on a very lightly oiled cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes, turning once. They can also be fried.
Yield: 6 burgers
The burgers were moist and delicious and even my husband and children loved them. Soy and tofu also make great “meatloaf”, stir-fry and even whipped topping as show in the recipes below. So go meatless with soy!