Home soy run for the holiday

It’s true. The average grocery store carries 35,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) of every imaginable item. If you’re looking for soy products, Sobeys has the most extensive choice of any grocer in my town.

In the freezer compartment, Gardein golden filets jumped out at me. First, the most prominent label was “fish-free” although the photo looked like fish filets. Some of the ingredients are soy protein concentrate, isolated soy protein and soybean oil.

Soy protein isolate is a purified form of soy protein. It’s made from soy flour which has had most of the non-protein components, fats and carbohydrates removed so that it is mainly made of just the protein. Research supports that soy protein may provide positive results for people with high blood pressure, and protect bone health and bone mass.

The results? Out of the oven, these filets look like breaded fish. The mouth feel and taste are the same as fish. I’m hooked.

The second item in my grocery cart was Noble Bean’s Tempeh. The Quebec-based company has been making its organic products since 1979. How to cook it? Steam it! Bake it! Saute it! Fry it! Gotta love that this product is gluten-free and is so versatile to serve with steamed greens. It contains zero cholesterol.

If anyone in your family is on a gluten-free diet, these are two products that can ease the stress of holiday cooking.