It’s a complete flip of lifestyle when one becomes a vegetarian. At times, it seems the only protein source available is soy, which gets a bad rap even though new research is debunking some of the myths. Stay tuned, we’ve not heard the final word on soy. So other than soy, how can we obtain the protein we need without overloading on beans and carbs? Nuts. Put nuts in your food. For instance, I’m baking banana nut bread today. I’ll put enough walnuts in it to provide a good dose of protein, enabling me to relax about getting enough protein at dinner; brown rice and vegetables should suffice. If we aren’t completely satisfied, an evening snack of peanut butter on toast with a hot cup of anything will hit the spot. It’s not always easy being a vegetarian but if you incorporate a lot of nuts into your diet, it will make your goal more attainable. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:
Soy flour is inexpensive and you don’t need very much. It can be found at the natural foods store and will add protein to your breads, sauces and whatever you dream up. I like to mix a tablespoon and a half with two raw eggs and mix it up when I make omelets. In a cast iron skillet, sauté onions in the smallest amount of oil you can get by with then pour the soy egg mixture on top of the onions. Cook the bottom for a few minutes then place the skillet under the broiler for another few minutes to brown it lightly and cook the top. Turn the broiler off and remove the skillet and place sliced tomatoes and avocados on top. Sprinkle with a little soy sauce and you have a tasty omelet with soy protein that might be easier to digest than tofu.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:
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