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There are some great alternate soy-free milks (Hemp, Rice, Almond, Hazelnut ect.)
Ice cream alternatives (coconut, Rice, Avocado, or cashew based)
soy lecithin is usually okay with people with soy allergies that I know. Which would make most high quality dark chocolate ok.
There are rice cheeses but I've only tried one and it wasn't my favorite but it did the job and made decent grilled cheese.
What types of food did you eat that you are having problems finding alternatives too? Is there any paticular kind of food you enjoy?
My situation's complicated a little because I have a spinal injury and my mobility is limited, so I often have to impose on others to prepare food for me when time is short. That's part of why I'm very frustrated that so few frozen dinners are soy-free!
I hadn't heard much about seitan; please tell me more!
I'm also having soy woes at coffee shops; the other day when I asked the counter clerk if a particular item had soy, and explained that I was very allergic, she replied, "Oh, sure, we can make it with soy milk!" Yikes, already.
Seitan is made of wheat gluten, mostly. You can get it at most health food stores pre-made, or make your own. I have made it myself and it is pretty easy with a stand mixer (it takes a fair amount of kneading). There are multiple recipes online, but here is a link to the recipe that I made: http://www.veganlunchcast.com/2007/03/vegan-chicken-dumplings.html
And, here's a great link to a bunch of links to a baked seitan recipe (one basic recipe with many variations): http://isachandra.livejournal.com/65139.html
They've got the best deal I've found and besides it's always fun to get an order-confirming email from the young folks at Food Fight informing me that I "rule," haha!
sussabmax, I took one look at making seitan from scratch and began hunting for a ready-mix! Hats off to you for making it yourself!
what about things like lentil burgers, easy to make and season however you want. also makes good fake meatloaf.
or for quick food, premade "Sunshine Burgers" I love them and they are vegan soy-free, don't contain any nuts. The basic ingredients are: Ground raw sun-flower seeds
Brown rice, Carrots, Herbs, Sea Salt.
can't help much with the bread, but you can always make wraps out of lightly steamed cabbage. These can be really good stuffted with rice and vegetables.
green jackfruit if you can find it (proabably at a local indian mart) is a fruit that is sometimes used as a meat sub in indian recipes. It was a little odd to me but not bad. The recipe I tried it in was a chicken curried rice.
Beans are good too - try different sorts - I love chickpeas/garbanzos and black eyed peas.
Bread - I make pancakes from buckwheat (not wheat at all) and water or non-dairy milk - quick and easy. I part flour to one part liquid - stir well and pour into a non-stick pan and it's done in no time. I don't know when I last had proper bread.
Non-dairy milk - oat milk is very good.
It seems almost everything has soy. I am almost completely whole foods now.
I get protein from nuts, dairy and beans/legumes.
There are a few dark chocolates that are soy free...whole foods carries a few brands with soy free bars. Enjoy life has soy free products and chocolate chips.
I havent tried seitan, but my son is going vegan, so I will be getting it as I dont want him bring much soy into the house.
I would check the mock chinese meats first...even if its seitan, it may be in a soy sauce broth.
Many bakery breads are soy free. My supermarket carries 2 brands that are local and soy free.
Kashi has soy free crackers and "triscuits" and cereals.
All Pam type sprays have soy oil in them...even the "olive oil" sprays.
Buy a spritzer and fill it w/ olive oil.
Wolfgang Pucks frozen pizzas are soy free.
Boboli pizza crusts are soy free.
I use real butter as all margerines have soy.
Its frustrating, but possible to do...just takes work and some getting used to.
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