Since I am allergic to soy, I often try and find alternatives, but I find that it is generally difficult to prepare many Asian dishes requiring soy sauce, regardless of the alternative I use. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered coconut aminos! I can’t believe it look me this long to experiment with this product, but I really love the taste, it is very very similar to soy sauce, and it is healthier!
Besides my allergy to soy, I have cut soy out of my diet completely for several reasons:
- Soy acts like estrogen in the body, this is bad for both men and women. As a person who suffers from a hormone imbalance disorder, I like to avoid anything, food or otherwise, that will cause me to become off balance.
- Soy contains protease inhibitors which block enzymes necessary for digestion to be released.
- Soy is often Genetically Modified (GMO). This GM soy is used as fillers in food, as food stabilizers, and as cheap animal feed.
- Soy blocks the absorption of B-12 in the body. As a person who avoids animal products, I need all the B-12 I can get!
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Ok, enough about the soy, and onto the food! I used soba noodles (buckwheat noodles) in this dish, and I loved the earthy flavor of the noodles. These are also great for those eating gluten free, and they are full of protein. This recipe is really very simple, and can work with any veggies lying around, but I loved the broccoli, shaved carrots, and red pepper I used in this dish.
The coconut aminos (you can find this product at any healthy foods store, I used Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos) taste a little less salty than soy sauce, so I added a little extra salt to compensate for this. But, everyone who tasted this dish swore there was soy sauce in it, and even I would have thought twice if I hadn’t prepared it myself! So try it out, you can’t go wrong with coconut aminos.
What veggies would you add to this dish? Have you ever cooked with coconut aminos?
- 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ cup Coconut Aminos
- 1 package Buckwheat Soba Noodles
- ½ cup of Broccoli
- ¼ cup shaved Carrots
- 1 Red Pepper (cut into chunks)
- ½ tsp Salt
- 3 tbsp chopped Green Onions
- Prepare the noodles according to package directions.
- Heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add in the carrots, pepper and broccoli.
- Saute for about 5-10 minutes until the veggies become soft.
- Add in the coconut aminos and salt, and heat through.
- Add the cooked soba noodles and the chopped green onions to this mixture and heat through. Enjoy!