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Mix Groceries from the Garden with Nutrient-Rich Soy

In these difficult economic times, many people are trying to stretch their budgets the best way they can by cutting unnecessary expenses. The grocery bill can add up fast, making it sometimes tempting to load up on cheap, prepackaged meals.

Sun-Dried Tomato Tofu Dip

The Soyfoods Council suggests one way to eat fresh and healthy foods while keeping your food budget in line—and minimizing your consumption of preservatives—is to grow your own food in a garden. Growing your own fruits and vegetables ensures you are getting the cleanest, most nutritional food possible. If you didn’t plant a garden, purchasing fresh produce from your farmer’s market is another great way to save money while supporting the local economy.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and are essential to a well-balanced diet. If you pair those fruits and veggies with soy, you’ll get protein, fiber and calcium, too.

Here are a few reasons to let your diet grow with soy:

· Nutrient Rich: Soy is chock full of protein. It’s the only plant protein that is equivalent to an animal protein and has all amino acids. Soy also has isoflavones, which may prevent breast cancer in young girls and prostate cancer in men. Along with protein, soy also has fiber, calcium, B vitamins and iron.

· Versatility: Soyfoods come in many textures and flavors. Soymilk, yogurt and ice cream are great examples of how soy can be substituted for dairy products. Boca Burgers and Morning Star patties and tofu can be used in place of meat, and canned soybeans and edamame are great for salads and stews.

· Accessibility: There’s no need to shop at a fancy, organic grocery store to find all these great soy products. Today, it’s possible to walk down the aisle in your own local grocery store and be surrounded by soy and all its benefits.

Click the recipe titles below for dishes that incorporate fresh vegetables and soy for a delicious and nutritious meal for the whole family.

Edamame, Corn, and Radish Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato Tofu Dip