Edamame and More: J. R. Simplot Company has introduced ready to use, IQF (individually quick-frozen) edamame. The fresh, cooked soy beans are available as a single ingredient or in the following blends: Midori (edamame, sugar snap peas, baby corn, red pepper, and water chestnuts), Kyoto (edamame, broccoli florets, carrots, cut corn, and red peppers), or Imperial (edamame, bowtie pasta, broccoli florets, carrots, and red pepper strips). The plain edamame can be thawed and served as a snack, instead of nuts or chips, or used to garnish cold salads, soups, or stir-frys. The blends can be served as a side dish or mixed with cooked rice, pasta, or soy crumbles to create entrées. Use plain edamame to replace beans in recipes; use the blends in combination with additional cooked pasta or vegetables. This product can be steamed, sautéed, cooked on a stovetop, or microwaved. It comes packed in a fifteen-pound case with six two and one-half pound bags. For more information, visit www.simplotfoods.com, call (800) 572-7783, or contact Simplot Food Group, 6360 South Federal Way, Boise, Idaho 83716.
Sunbutter: Sungold Foods is marketing a vegetable butter made from sunflower seeds. Other ingredients include safflower oil, a small amount of salt, and Vitamin E (added as a natural preservative). Sunbutter can be used instead of peanut butter. Use it also as a sandwich spread, or an ingredient in cookies, bars, muffins, salad dressings, and sauces. Two tablespoons of Sunbutter contains 200 calories, with 140 calories from fat. One serving provides seven grams of protein, seven grams of carbohydrates, 0% cholesterol, 2% of the daily dietary value for calcium, 40% vitamin E, 4% niacin, 10% zinc, and 8% iron. The Sunbutter website provides menu ideas and recipes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (800) 437-5539, or Sungold Foods, 502 42nd Street NW, PO Box 3022, Fargo, ND 58102.
Meatless Entrées: ND Labs has introduced Soylicious Meat entrées, including Salisbury Delight. Each entrée contains at least 55% of daily fiber needs, from soy. Entrées are packed as single servings with individual spice packets and are shelf-stable. They do not require refrigeration until cooked. Serve these entrées as part of a complete lunch or dinner. They can be the main attraction in a hot sandwich with mushroom or onion gravy or sliced and added to hearty soups or stews. When cooked and chopped, they make a good topping for baked potatoes and pasta. Contact: ND Labs, Inc. 378 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021, visit www.ndlabs.com, or call (516) 504-0292.
An Oldy But a Goody: Uncle Sam Cereal has been around forever, and it’s as good as ever. Uncle Sam is made with whole grain wheat flakes and flaxseeds. It is high in fiber, low in salt, and has no added sugar or preservatives. Uncle Sam can be served as a cold breakfast cereal, heated by the bowl, in the microwave with grain or nut milk, grabbed as a fast snack, or crumbled and used in baking, granola mixes, and to top soy yogurt or sorbet. The same company, US Mills, also markets Farina, a hot wheat cereal. Farina can be prepared as a hot cereal and topped with dried or fresh fruit. Farina can also be used as a thickening agent for sauces and soups. Farina can also form a solid, semolina pudding, with the additional of vegan sweetener and melted margarine. Contact: US Mills 200 Reservoir Street, Needham, MA 02494, call (781) 444-0440, or visit www.unclesamcereal.com.
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