Ankeny, IA—It hardly seems enough to have just a single day—December 4—set aside each year as National Cookie Day. Fortunately, The Soyfoods Council is offering a free new recipe brochure, “Cookies for Any Occasion,” that can help you satisfy cookie cravings during the holiday season and beyond. Every day can be cookie day with these eight cookie recipes, developed by chefs and other food professionals….
The holiday season is here and I hope you are enjoying the festivities and making it the most magical Christmas yet.
This year I suggested to my close friends that instead of exchanging gifts, we take that money and give to our favorite charities and they all agreed. With all the job losses, there will be many families in need of help. And besides, I don’t know about you but I need nothing except more time with family and friends.
Of course when you are spending time with family and friends, food is usually front and center. My guess is you have holiday favorites; recipes that have been in the family for a long time or foods that family members always look forward to. Keep those on your menus but think about a couple new recipes this year. I am suggesting a new item for your family holiday meal – Brussels sprouts with edamame.
For some reason, I can’t get enough Brussels sprouts and they are trendy right now. We have been busy creating and testing recipes for a variety of uses, but one of the recipes I just love is this breakfast pita pocket. It’s easy and delicious and would be a perfect Christmas morning delight and a great way to incorporate a soyfood. It includes soy cheese and any other favorite flavor foods such as red or green chopped peppers, mushrooms or onions. This recipe is also one kids can help make, so let them get into the action. I promise you they will be more excited about eating food they have made….
We’re right in the middle of winter, which means bone-chilling temperatures, snow storms and the dreaded flu season. There are many things you can do this winter to avoid getting sick, including eating right and getting plenty of rest. Health experts say proper nutrition and lots of sleep help the body build stronger defenses. Whole foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins are key and studies have shown it’s not just blueberries that are chock full of antioxidants, but beans, nuts and spices have high antioxidant content as well. Small red beans and black beans are listed in the United States Department of Agriculture’s top 20 for antioxidants. Soybeans may not be famously known for containing antioxidants, but they do their part in keeping you healthy. Soybeans contain high levels of tocopherols, which have antioxidant properties. Also soy is a strong source of protein and is especially important because protein supplies the amino acids that build the components of the immune system. In fact, soybeans are the only plant sources that contain all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein….
The holidays are right around the corner…again! Food is always at the center of planning – the traditional foods your family always looks forward to, who likes what, what can be made ahead of time and what to do with the leftovers! And of course, I hope you think about how soyfoods can be added to any holiday table.
I grew up with having turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas but I know many people have ham, beef, or pork. There are always leftovers to be made into sandwiches, casseroles or soups. I am amazed when I hear people say they dislike leftovers…I think the food tastes better at the next meal. The flavors have more time to develop or marry with the other ingredients. Whatever the reason, please enjoy these recipes that use some of the leftovers but also include some soyfoods! Oh and I also included a fun and quick cookie recipe for the start of the holiday baking season.
Happy, Healthy and Delicious Holidays with Soy
When the holidays roll around, so do parties and social get-togethers and many other opportunities to indulge in some tasty treats. By the time Santa comes down the chimney, your sweet tooth cravings might just be getting started. Why not stuff a little soy into your stocking (and diet) and give the gift of health this holiday season? Soy has numerous benefits, including heart-healthy protein, fiber and isoflavones. It’s also versatile in taste and texture and can be found throughout grocery stores. Here are three favorite holiday recipes packed full of soy.
The leaves are falling, there is crispness in the morning air and fall is upon us. I absolutely love soups and enjoy creating my own and then serving with crusty hearty bread. Be sure to have on hand edamame, black soybeans and tan soybeans to add to your favorite soup or stew. But this time of year also reminds me of something much greater.
This fall, The World Food Prize (many call it “the Nobel Prize for the Food and Agriculture”), took place in Des Moines, Iowa. Notable speakers included Bill Gates, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with executives from companies like PepsiCO, Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Duppont. This year’s theme was “Food, Agriculture, and National Security in a Globalized World,” drawing international attendees and additional speakers.
One World Food Prize Laureate is chosen each year for making food more accessible and prevalent. This year’s laureate, Dr Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia, developed sorghum hybrids able to withstand drought and devastation of weeds, thus dramatically enhancing the food supply throughout Sub-Saharian Africa. As part of the prize, he will receive $250,000 to continue his work.
For the past several years, the United Soybean Board, World Initiative for Soy in Human health, Iowa Soybean Association and The Soyfoods Council have sponsored a lunch during this event. The lunch includes lots of soyfoods and we always get rave reviews. This year was no different! Please go http://www.TheSoyfoodsCouncil.com for reciepes served at the World Food Prize.
I have included a special soy chili recipe that celebrates the crisp fall weather.
From Your Kitchen to Mine,
Black and Tan Soybean Chili
Des Moines, IA – Rarely does something so sinfully sweet come without a heaping helping of guilt. Rarely can you indulge in gooey, chocolate brownies without feeling like you’ve destroyed your healthy diet for the day. That is about to change. Thanks to soy and its nutritional properties, it is now possible to have Guilt-Free Brownies. They make a great after school snack or healthy dessert to pack in the lunchbox. Here are a few reasons to consider soy for every meal:…