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Sunday, 4 January 2009

Easy soychunk and veggie meal


Yesterday for diner, I made some veggies stir fried in a nut of vegan margarine and soychunks cooked in tomato sauce. It was a quick simple meal but very tasty!

For the veggies, I used diced parsnips (a too often forgotten vegetable, yet so flavoursome!), sliced courgettes (or zucchini), mushrooms and onions.

  • Sauté the parsnip first in some margarine with some finely chopped garlic.
  • When almost cooked and sligtly browned, add in courgettes, mushrooms and onions.
  • Stir a few minutes, then add salt and pepper to taste.

Soychunks in tomato sauce; I made this one really quickly.

  • Rehydrate the soychunks (I used about 1 cup) by boiling for 10 minutes in salted water. Then drain all water.
  • Heat some oil. Add in the soychunks, sprinkle with some dried thyme.
  • Allow to cook until slightly crispy and golden. Remove and set aside.
  • Sauté some onions and garlic with 1 tablespoon of oil, add about ½ cup of pasta sauce (or tomato puree).
  • Allow to reduce a little. Then add in the soychunks. Stir and mix well. Add water if more sauce is required and salt to taste.

We had these with some basmati rice. It was really yummy!



  1. It looks delicious - but I've always found soy chunks a bit chewy... saying that, I've never pre-soaked them!

  2. This looks like a restaurant quality dish! What a beautiful picture!

  3. This looks beautiful! I love parsnips..mmmm. What are soychunks? Are they like big chunks of tvp?

  4. BEAUTIFUL picture!!! I've never had soy chunks and I'll admit it doesn't sound too good but it looks amazing!

  5. DJ, I used to just add soychunks to the sauce before, but I've that pre-boiling and lightly frying with little oil improves the taste and texture. It is also good to squeeze out all the water from the chunks after the first boil.

    River, thanks, in reality it is a simple meal!

    Tara, I've never had TVP (or maybe I have without knowing!) But I think TVP contains some flavour as well. The soychunks are made from soy as well but are left plain. There's also a minced version which I like to incorporate in burgers.

    Shelby, I think for me soychunks works best in curries and spicy rice dish. It needs to pick up some flavour because on its own it is very plain!

  6. i am gonna have to keep an eye out for soy chunks. all i can find is the tvp - the large flakes. they should work out alright though. mmmmmm! you know what, soy curls might work well if i can't find chunks. yum!

    your veggies & rice looks wonderful! thanks for another tasty recipe, Lovlie!

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  8. This is lovely :)


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