Roasted soybeans were the snack of choice in my household, growing up.
I have fond memories of my mother driving to downtown Raleigh to Noah’s Food Coop in our 1972 white Toyota station wagon. In lieu of membership fees, Noah’s allowed members to work in the backroom. My favorite part was scooping out bins of wheat, soybeans, and brewers yeast into little plastic bags and securing with twist ties, as my mother penned the weight amount on the little white labels. It was a blast.
Nowadays there is probably a law about that, forbidding children to assist in that manner.
As you know, I recently attended the Arkansas Soybean Board’s #Bean2Blog event at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home at Moss Mountain, outside Little Rock. The day was designed to teach us allabout the miracle bean. Truthfully, I already was well familiarized with soybean uses, having “grown up” with them as a child.
As an adult, soybeans somewhat saved my life, as silly as that sounds. Living fifteen years dairy-free was difficult as a self-proclaimed “foodie.” How can you be a foodie and not have access to Parmesan cheese? Think about it! Soybean provides an excellent base for many dairy alternatives, including cream cheese, ice cream, sour cream, and of course soymilk. I’ll be talking more about that in my next post.
#Bean2Blog rekindled my desire for the roasted soybean “nuts” of my youth. Sure, I had purchased them many times in a pre-packaged form. But make them? I had not roasted them in a looooooong time.
It’s so easy and inexpensive to make. And well, satisfyingly fun.
Try it for yourself.
EASY ROASTED SOYBEAN NUTS
1 cup organic soybeans
2 tablespoons olive oil (or, if you prefer a lighter oil, try Macadamia Nut olive)
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (I prefer tamari sauce, which is wheat-free)
with oil, salt, pepper, and tamari/soy sauce.
beautiful golden roast color to them AND they are crispy.
to get to this point. The crispier
they are, the better your snacking experience.
section (sigh, oh happy memories) for $1.49 a pound.
|ONF even has a helpful how-to attached!|
|Nah, those aren’t Jelly Belly’s!|
See, roasted soybeans are an inexpensive and easy-to-make snack. Have the kiddos join you and you will have them proudly nibbling and sharing with their friends.
Oh, wondering how they taste?
The roasted soybean will have a more earthy taste than a peanut, but a more satisfying crunch.
Soybeans, by nature are quite bland by themselves. Think tofu. Okay, you get the idea. That’s why roasting with the oil and seasonings are key. You may want to add chili powder, an Italian blend, or even hot sauce.
Let me know what special herbs or spices you add. The possibilities are limitless!
Call it my child-like curiosity.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.