So far the soy free diet has not proven to be too tough. If it has done one thing it has led me to a bit more variety in my eats. For lunch I had my usual, a tomato sandwich but I had nothing to pu ton it as Vegenaise contains soy. Looking around the refrigerator I found a bottle of garlic marinade from Williams-Sonoma. I drizzled just a little over the tomatoes and it was one of the best tomato sandwiches I have had.
On a night when I would have had typical veggie burgers, last night I made rosemary roasted potatoes, macaroni & not-cheese and baked beans. The baked beans gave me a slip as I typically fry soy crumbles to add a bit of texture to the beans but of course, that’s soy so I had to brainstorm for a bit until I realized I had bought Sunshine Burgers on my soy free grocery run. I crumbled a burger and fried it with a diced onion to add to the beans and they turned out perfect. I had a few ingredient substitutions to make in other places but everything turned out great.
The milk issue is still on the drawing board. I have found that Pacific almond milk seems to be a bit less watery than Almond Breeze and has less of the afterbite I’m not fond of, it even foams a little better when I steam it for coffee. I’m still planning on getting hazelnut milk when I run out of almond to see if I like it better. I’m curious to see how the almond milk would taste in mashed potatoes where imparting an almond taste would be really bad.
I went through my stock of cooking supplies and noticed most contain soy. I use a vegan Worcestershire sauce that contains soy, Vegenaise, as mentioned, contains soy, as do many of Asian cooking products and any sauces that I would make for an Asian dish. I would like tofind some replacements for these, namely the Vegenaise and Worcestershire but I can easily do without these if I have to. Besides, this is all about having to with out, right?