Sunday, February 22, 2009

Taco Soup

Nutritional yeast, similar to brewer's yeast, is a nutritional supplement popular with vegans and the health conscious, who use it as an ingredient in recipes or simply as a condiment. It is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses, then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging the yeast. It is commercially available in the form of flakes, or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores.

It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. The vitamin B12 is produced separately from bacteria and then added to the yeast.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn.

Ezekial brand sprouted corn tortillas are a great choice when using tortillas.

Sprouting grains and seeds before baking produces living, nutrient-rich food. The process of germination changes the composition of grain and seeds in numerous ways. Sprouting increases vitamin content. Sprouting neutralizes phytic acid – a substance present in grains – that inhibits absorption of nutrients and more important Sprouting neutralizes or "predigests" if you will, grains through enzymatic activity. The enzymes produced during our natural sprouting process "in effect" breaks down amino acid protein bonds to promote digestibility of the entire grain.
Sprouted grain bread has numerous advantages over "enriched" wheat flour breads. These breads are made from the endosperm of the wheat kernel (the inside portion), which contains primarily carbohydrates and few vitamins and minerals. The milling of grain into white flour requires the removal of the bran and the germ. This results in the loss of natural fiber, bran and 22 vitamins and minerals. To compensate, five vitamins and minerals (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron and folic acid) are added back in, "enriching" the flour. Sometimes calcium is added back as well.


Widely used in both Mexican and Spanish cooking and popular throughout the Southwest, Chorizo (pronounced chor-EE-zoh or chor-EE-soh) is a highly seasoned, coarsely ground sausage made from pork. Melissa’s Soyrizo is actually an all natural, pure vegetable product, yet incredibly similar to chorizo in many ways. A savory addition to many dishes including casseroles, vegetables, rice, soups, stews, enchiladas and eggs, Soyrizo provides a delicious meatless alternative with 60% less fat and no cholesterol. Made with healthy soy beans and no sodium nitrate. This item can be frozen.

Taco Soup

This is altered from Sarah's recipe from our family cookbook.

1/2 pkg. soyrizo
1/2 cup onion
1 can each:
kidney beans
pinto beans
black beans
diced tomatoes
1/2 pkg. Knorr Vegetable recipe mix
1 recipe Traci's taco seasoning mix

Saute the soyrizo with the onion. Add to crock pot with remaining ingredients. Cook for about 2 hours. Serve with corn tortilla strips and soy cheese if desired.

Traci's Taco Seasoning Mix:
1 TB chili powder
1 TB nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 TB cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt

Mix together all ingredients. This replaces one envelope of taco seasoning mix.

Corn tortilla strips:

Cut corn tortillas into thin trips with a pizza cuter. Place on cookie sheet sprayed with organic olive oil spray. Lightly spray tops of tortillas with organic olive oil spray. Sprinkle with garlic powder, chili powder and cumin. Place in oven on Broil for a few minutes until lightly crispy.

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