So I kept seeing recipes online for something called soy curls. A dash to my local(ish) whole foods left me empty handed and wondering what the heck they were. Luckily our trip to Seattle allowed me access to all the awesome stuff we can’t buy up here in the great white north. Ah Ha!! Low and behold, the Lynwood, WA whole foods had Butler’s Soy Curls. Vegan, Gluten Free and Non-GMO. SOLD.
Since I had no idea what to do with them I figured I would try one of the recipes from their own website. The Luau dish. It was like sweet and sour chicken. But vegan. And awesome. I also made a few tiny adjustments and I think mine was fabulous. The Kid ate his and the Hubs took all the left overs for lunch. Win.
Very easy to prepare them too. Just soak in some hot water for 10 minutes and then use as you would chicken strips. The possibilities are endless! I’m thinking fajitas next time, maybe something with bbq sauce or hot wing sauce as well.
Sweet and Sour Soy Curls
8 oz. bag of Soy Curls™
1/2 Red Bell Pepper–Chop into Large Chunks
1/2 Green Bell Pepper–Chop into Large Chunks
1 Can of Pineapple Tidbits in natural juice (20 oz can)
— Drain and reserve juice for sauce
3 T Nutritional Yeast (aka Yeast Flakes)
1/2 t Salt
4 T Braggs Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
2-3 T Oil for Sautéing
Ingredients for Sauce:
Reserved Juice from Pineapple Tidbits
(use entire amount from can)
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
2 T Potato starch
Put 8 oz. of Soy Curls into a bowl and cover with hot water–let stand for about 10 minutes. Drain well and use your hands or the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Chop the onion and peppers. Drain the pineapple juice into a cup and set the juice aside for the sauce.
In small bowl mix the ingredients for the sauce (pineapple juice, sugar, lemon juice, and starch). Stir well until starch is completely dissolved. Set bowl aside to add to sauté later.
In a frying pan, on med-high to high heat, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of Oil. Sauté Soy Curls in Oil and then add 3 T Nutritional Yeast Flakes, 1/2 t salt, and 4 T Braggs Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce. Sauté until golden brown. Once well cooked, remove Soy Curls from the frying pan.
Add 1 more tablespoon of oil to the frying pan and add the chopped onion, chopped peppers, and pineapple tidbits and sauté until onions appear transparent-do not overcook–you want the peppers a bit crunchy. Then add in the cooked Soy Curls to the vegetable mixture in the frying pan.
Pour the Sauce mixture into the frying pan and toss until mixture becomes slightly thick.
Remove and serve immediately with rice.