I am the first to admit that my family does not eat as healthy as we could if we really tried harder. At my children's ages, it's hard to make a lot of changes to what they eat. For me it's all about working in a lot of vegetables,fruits and substituting bad fats with good ones, into dishes they already like. One of the things that surprised me and that you may not realize, is that soybeans could already be a beneficial part of your cooking routine! Nearly 100 percent of what's labeled as vegetable oils are actually soybean oil. Why is soybean oil a healthier alternative for all your cooking needs?
Soybean oil contains 0g trans fats per serving and is high in omega-3s which have been proven to reduce blood pressure and can help prevent heart disease. It is also a great source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant which prevents cell damage that can lead to serious diseases like cancer and heart disease.
I feel comfortable switching over to vegetable oil full time because it will not change the flavors of foods that my finicky kids already love. And because heart disease is already a part of mine and my mothers lives, it makes sense to incorporate it and as many soy products as I can, into their meals and snacks. In the next weeks I will be trying out some new recipes using soy oil and will be sharing my favorites with you too.
So you can see how easy it is to incorporate soybean oil into dishes you already make, I am sharing a yummy dish that we have at least once a week that the kids love and is super easy to prepare.
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken cutlets
2 tablespoons Crisco vegetable oil (or other vegetable oil brand)
1 onion thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon chili/lemon powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
*salt to taste/ Mrs. Dash
pepper to taste
Add a bit of the vegetable oil to chicken strips and coat with chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Let stand for 10 minutes so flavor soak in. Heat the rest of the oil in pan on high, add chicken strips and saute for 5 minutes or until chicken is almost fully cooked. Add onion, green and red bell peppers, saute 5 minutes extra and you are done. Serve with lemon wedges, sour cream, salsa and any other sides your family likes.
Soybean oil is very versatile, so incorporating it into your meal planning is easy and can help you create all your favorite traditional meals without compromising taste. There are so many more benefits to soybean oil, most that I didn't even know about, and incorporating it into our life has been easier and less expensive than I thought it would be.
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