Unless you’re an avid label reader, you probably don’t realize just how many products contain soy. For those who need to eat a soy-free diet due to allergy, intolerance or other reasons, it can be a challenge. Many of the products we use to substitute for meat and dairy contain soy. Soy shows up in names we might not recognize and in products we never suspected would contain it.
However, it is totally possible to eat a plant-based diet and not consume soy. It just takes a little vigilance and a bit of creativity. See Learn How to Cook Soy-Free on a Vegan Diet to learn what to watch out for and what substitutes for soy products are perfect for your recipes.
Does being soy-free mean you’ll be lacking protein? No! Check out these 5 Clean, Lean Soy-Free Proteins to Put On Your Plate. Does it mean you can never have a scramble for breakfast? No! It just means making that scramble with something other than tofu. No whipped cream or cheese sauce? Not a chance! Read How to Make Awesome Plant-Based Whipped Cream and Cheese Sauces Nut- and Soy-Free.
There’s no need to miss your favorite foods just because soy is off the menu. Here are 10 incredible recipes you probably didn’t know you could make soy-free.
1. Papaya and Coconut Yogurt Breakfast
You don’t need soy to enjoy yogurt for breakfast. Make your own coconut yogurt so you can dig into this Papaya and Coconut Yogurt Breakfast bowl. You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to make your own yogurt filled with healthy probiotics. Then add papaya, goji berries, nuts, seeds, and more of your favorite toppings for a healthy and yummy start to your day.
2. Autumn Harvest Squash and Apple Burgers
Many frozen veggie burgers contain soy but you can easily make your own burgers at home. These Autumn Harvest Squash and Apple Burgers are an incredibly delicious choice. Butternut squash and apples make a dynamic duo, and here they are like you’ve never seen them before: in a veggie burger that’s not only soy-free but nut-free too!
3. Honestly Healthy Soy-Free Chocolate Dip
This Honestly Healthy Soy-Free Chocolate Dip is just what you need when that chocolate craving strikes. It’s made with healthy ingredients like maca, chia seeds, avocado, and raw cacao. This rich, creamy dip is not only soy-free, but it’s also gluten-free, and low on sugar. That means you can enjoy it without any worry or guilt.
4. Paprika Cheese Without Nuts or Soy!
When you give up dairy, it seems like most vegan cheeses are made from soy. This Paprika Cheese, however, is nut-free and soy-free. It’s also amazing. It slices and grates and tastes so good. You’ll want this on your cheese platter, on crackers, in your sandwich and anywhere else you can think of … oh, like in your mouth.
5. Reinvent Brunch With This Scrambled Chickpea Flour
Brunch just got a makeover. Instead of using tofu to make a breakfast scramble, try this Scrambled Chickpea Flour. Chickpea flour is great as an egg replacer and as a tofu replacer as well. Try this scramble with tomatoes, avocados, and fresh chives for your next Sunday morning brunch.
6. Pumpkin Cashew Cheesecake With Coconut Whipped Cream
Eating soy-free does not mean that decadent desserts are off the menu. This gorgeous Pumpkin Cashew Cheesecake with Coconut Whipped Cream is completely soy-free. It has a nutty, no-bake crust made with pecans and dates. The filling is cashew-based with creamy pumpkin and warm spices. Serve this up with a very generous dollop of the cinnamon maple coconut whipped cream and enjoy!
7. The Best No Noodle Pad Thai
Asian cuisine may be a challenge since most dishes contain soy sauce or tamari. This No-Noodle Pad Thai, however, is completely soy-free. Instead, it uses coconut aminos and balsamic vinegar. This pad Thai is great raw or sauteed with all the spiralized veggies and bold flavors. This is one dish you’ll want to make over and over and over again.
8. Creamiest Chocolate Ice Cream
If you’ve never tried making your own dairy-free ice cream at home before, this Creamiest Chocolate Ice Cream is the place to start. This dreamy vegan treat harnesses the power of cashews and coconut milk to achieve ultimate creaminess without one bit of soy. You won’t believe how amazing it is until you taste it so go! What are you waiting for?
9. Mixed Veggie Quiche (No Tofu Necessary!)
The name says it all – no tofu is necessary to make this Mixed Veggie Quiche. The crust is made with almond meal and gluten-free flour while the filling is chickpea flour-based. Add your favorite seasonal vegetables for a brunch or dinner recipe that everyone will love.
10. Super Creamy Mac and Cheese (No Nuts, No Soy, No Problem!)
Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? No one we know. This Super Creamy Mac and Cheese is a great stove-top recipe that doesn’t involve soy, commercial vegan cheese products, gluten or nuts. It does involve, however, lots of healthy ingredients like cauliflower and butternut squash. It’s so creamy and delicious; there’s no deprivation happening here!
These recipes are all so amazingly delicious; you’ll never miss the soy. With just a few substitutions, anything is possible.
Lead image source: Vegan Paprika Cheese Without Nuts or Soy!