Prepare Delicious and Satisfying Vegetarian Dishes!
Maybe you or someone in your family is a vegetarian. Or perhaps you just want to go meatless one or two nights a week. But of course, you don’t want to skimp on nutrition or sacrifice flavor. So how do you put all that together? Here are some tips and items to have on hand the next time you find yourself standing in front of your open refrigerator or pantry, wondering how to take your veggies from ho-hum to heavenly:
- Flavor Booster: A vegan ingredient, naturally brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce is the “original vegetarian” seasoning. Made from just four premium natural vegetarian ingredients – soybeans, wheat, water and salt — it’s slowly fermented like a fine wine to create a savory condiment with complex, meaty flavors and aromas.
The key to boosting the flavor of vegetarian dishes with soy sauce is to start with a modest amount and add slowly as you go. You want to add a mellow savory “undertone,” and not always an obvious soy sauce flavor. Add it to spinach or kale or liven up your nutty tasting quinoa or brown rice. Check out this quick and flavorful Broccoli-Sesame Salad to get started.
And here’s a simple tip: Add Kikkoman Soy Sauce to the water you use for steaming, boiling or blanching vegetables. You’ll be amazed at how much flavor this adds.
Less Salt, Full Flavor: Salt is a defining flavor in savory dishes. But many of us need to reduce sodium intake. Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce can help. It’s brewed exactly the same way as all-purpose Kikkoman Soy Sauce. After the fermentation process is completed, approximately 40% of the salt is removed. All the flavor and quality characteristics remain because the sauce is fully brewed and aged before extracting the salt.* It’s also fat free and low calorie, making it a perfect item to keep on hand as an alternative to high-fat condiments such as creamy dressings or even butter.
Here’s an easy way to invigorate vegetables: Whisk together 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce, 3 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp. minced garlic. Slice up some of your favorite vegetables. Grill and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil mixture and garnish with shreds of fresh basil. Serve warm.
*When preparing a recipe, keep in mind that Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce should be added at the end of cooking so it doesn’t get diluted or “cooked off.”
- Try Tamari: With a milder and slightly sweeter taste than regular soy sauce, Kikkoman Tamari Soy Sauce is made with high-quality soybeans and just a touch of wheat. It’s ideal for recipes with delicate flavors, such as dressings and dipping sauces for vegetables and seafood.
To keep everyone satisfied with mouth-watering veggie dishes, you should always have fresh or dried herbs and spices on hand. Sock up on nuts and seeds, too. Not only do they serve as healthy snacks, they can also make yummy butters and desserts. Blend ¼ cup cashews, 1-2 ripe bananas and ¼ cup Kikkoman Pearl® Organic Soymilk for a delicious pudding in minutes.