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This holiday season is certainly not like any other. Whether you are gathering just with your immediate family, wanting to send some cookies in the mail or dropping off food for a neighbor, soy protein is easy to incorporate.

The calico beans is a tasty dish to have cooking as you are prepare a meal. The edamame adds great color and along with the black soybean supplies lots of soy protein.

The toffee bars are a childhood favorite of mine. I always say adding a little protein to a cookie makes me feel better about indulging. When you are adding soy flour, remember you cannot replace 100%. If the recipe calls for 1 cup, replace ¼ to 1/3 cup with soy flour.

Just think about the joy you will feel when you are snacking on a cookie or eating a delish side dish with your turkey, ham or beef. Soy protein has so many health benefits, check them out on our website Also, protein makes you feel full longer, so you will not reach for that second cookie.

Start this season incorporate some healthy and nutritious soy protein into your holiday meals. Your heart will thank you! Start the holiday season out on the right foot, add some soy protein.

Calico Beans Recipe

1 (16-oz.) can baked beans

2 (15-oz.) can black soybeans, rinsed and drained

1 (12-oz.) package frozen shelled edamame

1 cup maple syrup or barbecue sauce

1/4 cup cooked pork or turkey bacon, broken into small pieces

Combine baked beans, black soybeans, edamame, syrup or barbecue sauce and turkey bacon pieces in 4- to 5 1/2-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (HIGH 3 to 4 hours). If necessary, stir in 1/2 cup water to desired consistency.

IF doing in oven, combine ingredients and put into oven safe pan in at 250 F.

Stir every 20 minutes and continue to cook until heated though and ingredients are blended well.

Toffee Bars Recipe

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

½ cup soy flour

1-4.4 oz. ounce bar milk chocolate, melted *

¾ cup chopped soy nuts or chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325°F. In large mixing bowl, cream butter until light. Add sugar, egg yolk, vanilla; beat until well blended. Add all-purpose flour and soy flour, mix well. Spread evenly in a lightly greased 10x15x2 inch pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. (Watch carefully because cookies brown quickly.) Let cool for about 5 minutes. Spread with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Yield: approximately 2 ½ dozen

  • I use 2- 4.4oz milk chocolate bars ( I like chocolate😊)

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