I’ve discovered the MAGIC of soy curls! If you haven’t heard of them yet or think it might be some unhealthy processed vegan product, keep reading….
When I first saw a post, probably somewhere on Facebook, for soy curls my first thought was that it must be some processed vegan product. But I decided to look further and discovered it’s actually HEALTHIER than tofu because it’s actually the WHOLE SOYBEAN! Woot woot!
What are soy curls?
Soy curls are the whole soybean that have been soaked in water, cooked, and then dried. I always recommend non-GMO because then you know the soybeans haven’t been grown with pesticides like Roundup which can really impair your gut microbiome. (Roundup is patented as an antibiotic….)
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I buy Butler Soy Curls in 3-6 packs on Amazon to save money. They are non-GMO and I just keep them in my pantry to throw together a quick meal.
Cooking with soy curls is SO easy
You know what’s better? Soy curls are so super easy and fast to cook with!
Soy curls are the perfect meat substitute – especially for recipes that are typically chicken or pork based. I’ve used these to make Asian stir fry instead of chicken and you can use your favorite Asian sauce, veggies, & brown rice.
This recipe is for BBQ “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches and only takes 20 minutes!
Soy curls are fully cooked & dehydrated so you just rehydrate in warm water for 10 minutes, drain (squeeze out excess water so they will absorb more flavor from the sauce), then cook until heated through. That’s it!
Choosing a BBQ Sauce for Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches
You can choose any of your favorite BBQ Sauces, but I would encourage you to read the label. Many use High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and this stuff is the worst – it is processed in your body differently and increases insulin resistance, increases cancer risk, and increases risk of fatty liver disease. Avoid at all costs! A small amount of regular sugar is better than this junk.
Look for a vegan, oil-free, low sugar, no high fructose corn syrup BBQ sauce. I like the Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce (some of the other flavors are higher in sugar & aren’t vegan so beware) because it ticks the boxes and only has 4 grams of added sugar per serving so that’s pretty low.
Now the downside to using store bought is the sodium, so if you are looking to go lower or no-sodium then you’re gonna want to make your own at home.
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Vegan BBQ Soy Curl Sandwiches
- shredded cabbage or plain coleslaw
- chopped onions
- sliced dill pickles
- Place soy curls in a medium bowl & cover with warm water. Let soak for 10 minutes.
- Drain soy curls in a colander & squeeze out excess moisture. Shred soy curls with your fingers to create thinner shreds to resemble pulled pork, if desired.
- Add shredded soy curls to a large non-stick pan or pot. Add the BBQ sauce, stir to coat well, and then heat to simmering. Cover & let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and serve on 100% whole grain hamburger buns. Add additional toppings like shredded cabbage, onions, and/or pickles if desired.
- Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. Reheat in the microwave.
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