A few weeks ago, a package arrived on my front porch. I had ordered some Soy Curls™ from an online special and totally forgot they were coming. Yay, vegan treats! I opened the package and took a bite. Oops. (Advice to readers: Read the package BEFORE eating. These are not tasty, crunchy, soy chips so don’t eat them straight from the bag!) But, they are an amazing little product that’s gluten-free, Non GMO and vegan. Use them in place of chicken in your recipes. They’re easy to prepare.
Making them with the package directions, you simply soak them for about 10 minutes, drain and prepare in your favorite recipe as you would added meat or meat substitute. I made them this way and they were terrific. But of course, my little mind gets churning and I think, “Hmmm, what if I soaked them in something besides water?” So I did. And the results were pretty fun! I also wanted to try making them oil-free, since some of my vegan friends are avoiding oils.
Below is a recipe for Greek Inspired Soy Curls™.
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbs crushed, dried oregano
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp of pepper
2/3 cup vegetable broth
1 cup Soy Curls™
In bowl, combine all ingredients except Soy Curls™ and mix well. Add Soy Curls™ and cover. Soak for at least 1 hour or 2 hours for stronger flavor, at room temperature. (If you want to soak them longer than a couple hours, refrigerate and soak overnight.)
Once Soy Curls™ have absorbed flavor, pour everything into a pan and simmer and stir on medium heat, uncovered, until almost all liquid is evaporated.
Serve hot or chill and serve on salads or mix with a little vegan mayo for “Chicken” salad styled goodness.