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A first taste of soy: It’s definitely different

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A friend recently gave me a bag of frozen soy twists. Her only instructions were to boil them and serve them with “a strong sauce.”

Never having had soy before, I was eager to give it a try. I decided to prepare the soy twists in two ways. One was with a beef gravy I had made from pan drippings, and the other was with a red marinara sauce and sprinkled with grated cheese.

After boiling the twists according to the directions on the package and allowing them to cool slightly, I tasted one twist without any sauce. It was somewhat chewy, but otherwise tasteless, and I could see why my friend had suggested I serve the twists with a full-bodied sauce. It is the sauce that gives the soy its flavor. Eating a twist plain was like eating ziti or another piece of pasta straight from the boiling water, without sauce or other toppings. Like pasta without sauce, the soy twists were all substance but no flavor.

According to the Soy Connection website, the practice of eating soy is growing in popularity. One reason may be soy’s health benefits. The United Soybean Board boasts that soy protein lowers cholesterol and is low in saturated fats and trans fats. The Soy Connection Fact sheet has a lot of additional information concerning the favorable impact of soy on health.

Easy to prepare, tasty and healthy, too. Soy is definitely worth trying again.

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