Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Simple Yuba Noodle Soup


This summer has been much like last summer in that it's been cold, rainy, and in other words, made for soup.  When the summers are like this, nothing cheers me up like wonton and noodle soups.  This little concoction is protein-packed by including the dried bean curd, also known as Yuba.  Yuba is an interesting ingredient-- if I were to explain the process which made it, you'd probably not want to even consider eating it.  Yet, I promise you, it's 100% vegan, animal friendly, protein-rich, and it has an amazing texture that is both chewy and tough.  Made correctly, this is a great substitute for chicken-- it's almost like a chicken skin, even, but without the cholesterol.  If you see it in the store (dehydrated),  it will look like brittle sticks in a bag... if you can get it fresh, it is usually available in sheets.  While I've been told the flavor is better when fresh (and I don't doubt it), having dried bean curd for those days you're feeling up to making it is much easier, especially considering how hard it is to find fresh bean curd. 

Anyways, this recipe is a bit intensive, due to the fact that you have to rehydrate the yuba, which involves integrating the flavors you want it to have with the rehydration.  That doesn't mean you should be intimidated by it-- but this isn't a soup you can just throw everything in a pot and leave it alone for an hour while you watch tv/exercise/play with the cats/etc.  Which is fine though, because you wouldn't be on here looking at recipes if you didn't like to cook and try new things, right?!?

8 cups water
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbsp soy sauce
4 vegetarian buillion cubes
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp light oil
2 fresh carrots, sliced or diced
4 stalks of fresh celery, sliced or diced
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1/2 big all purpose onion, diced
to taste, salt (some like this as a salty broth, so use trial and taste)
2 sticks of dried bean curd
vegetarian noodles

This recipe requires that you follow the order of steps very specifically.  Start with the oil on the pot, and then lightly fry the onions, celery and carrots for 8-10 minutes.

Add 2 cups of water, spices, 2 buillion cubes, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast.  Mix well.

When the water/buillion begins to boil, break up the dried bean curd, and allow them to soak in the buillion.  Add water when the buillion begins to get low and it appears that there is only an inch or so left in the pot.  Cook like this for 15-20 minutes.

Add the rest of the water and buillion cubes.  When water begins to boil, add the noodles and cook for 10 minutes, then enjoy!

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