I’m so sick of soy! It’s NOT the ONLY meat alternative. Soy is everywhere! It’s in almost every single ingredient list I find. The effect on female hormones is why I try to limit how much soy I consume. I’ve found a great meat alternative that DOESN’T contain SOY!
I’d love to be a vegetarian. I really would. I just can’t do it. I love a cheesesteak sub (remembering Maryland…) way too much to ever say “never again.” …and then there’s bacon. Just forget it. I’ll never be a vegetarian if I can help it.
In the mean time, I do try to make some meatless dinners a few times a month. For a while there, I was making a meatless meal every Monday night. Then, a few months ago, everything changed around here. We’re on a completely different schedule temporarily so meal planning has been a challenge.
I’ve found that most meat-less “meats” are nothing more than some veggies pureed with soy protein. Soy is EVERYWHERE! (Soy milk, soy cheese, soy noodles, tofu, pretend chicken, ‘burgers’, etc.) No thanks.
According to the National Institute of Health,
“Soy’s possible role in breast cancer risk is uncertain. Until more is known about soy’s effect on estrogen levels, women who have or who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer or other hormone-sensitive conditions (such as ovarian or uterine cancer) should be particularly careful about using soy and should discuss it with their health care providers.”
Once again, no thanks.
So, I’ve found an alternative to a meat alternative (hehehe). Well, when making spaghetti at least.
It’s almost too simple. The kiddos love it …and it’s good for them.
The texture is meaty and thick and the flavor is great.
The best part is garbonzo beans contain 6 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat per serving. They also contain a good amount of folate, fiber, and iron.
Although the sodium is on the high side, it includes the liquid. That’s drained before pureeing so I’m sure it cuts a lot of the sodium.
One more thing –
yep, now it’s ready.
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