From Field to Kitchen

-SOY TASTY! THE VERSATILITY OF TOFU-

There are many delicious ways to add soy to your diet. And lots of great reasons why you should eat it too!

“Soybeans are a good source of high-quality protein,” explains Lisa Mardlin-Vandewalle a registered dietician and Ontario grain farmer. “Soybeans also contain healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.” Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are generally found in plants and have been shown to help reduce cholesterol.

Two common ways to enjoy soy is in the form of tofu or a soy beverage. Tofu has a very subtle flavour and the ability to absorb other flavours easily. This makes it a great food choice to marinate or season to suit any dish. Another great thing about tofu is that it is high in protein and relatively low in calories.

Have you ever wondered how tofu is made?

Tofu is an old food that was discovered nearly 2,000 years ago in China. Tofu is made by pressing condensed soy milk into soft white blocks. This process is similar to how cheese is made and results in tofu blocks that are soft, firm or extra firm. Silken tofu is another type that is softer than regular tofu with different uses in food preparation.

You can enjoy firm tofu in a stir fry, soup, spaghetti sauce or chili, while silken tofu makes tasty dips.

Are you ready to add soybeans to your next meal? Try out this tofu minestrone soup recipe and visit www.goodineverygrain.ca for more recipe ideas!