5 Soy-based Recipes For Late-Night Cravings To Satisfy
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When hunger pangs have made themselves at home and unconsciously tempt the craving for unhealthy snacks, healthy food options that are easily accessible become especially difficult to find. On the other hand, there is a powerful ally of soy-based recipes that gives intake of calories and minerals and flavours and convenience with no cutting of your intake process. Soybean, has multiple uses, and being a healthy food offers a range of mouth-watering recipe options. Whether a savoury person or have more of a sweet tooth, there are many easy-to-make soya recipes to indulge in when you are struggling with late night cravings.

Before knowing the recipes it is important to know the benefits of this healthy ingredient. Soybean is famous for its surprising protein content, whereby nine of the nine essential amino acids the bodies need can be found there. So, this makes beans a staple protein source whereas, people preferring to be vegetarians, vegans or the disappointed ones will find soybean a good source of protein foods. Moreover, as a bonus, soy can contribute plenty of fibre, vitamins, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and potassium. 

Besides its limited saturated fat and no cholesterol contents, soybeans are also good for a heart-healthy diet. Here are 5 delicious soybean recipes to make when hunger strikes at midnight. 

5 Recipes Exploring The Nutritional Powerhouse Of Soya

1. Soy-Garlic Tofu 

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Begin your late-night culinary journey with a savoury delight: As patties, soy garlic tofu. The crisp textures of tofu combine with the pronounced taste of soy sauce and garlic to form a dish of epicurean delight that will leave your taste buds drenched in festivity. To begin, dice extra-firm tofu into cubes of a bite-size or two and then marinade with a mixture of soy sauce, minced garlic, and a little sesame oil. Make sure the tofu absorbs the taste for at least half an hour, then coat the cubes in cornstarch before sautéing until pastel and crunchy. Have it with steamed veggies or dips and enjoy the evening with a wholesome, filling yet delicious mini-meal.

2. Spicy Soy Chickpea Snack

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Do not hesitate to try this spicy soy chickpea. Such purely roasted chickpeas, bright in flavour of soy sauce and spices combination deliver the crunchy mouthful everyone needs to boost their energy every day. Step one is to drain and rinse canned chickpeas. After that, toss them in a mixture of soy sauce, olive oil, and spices ranging from cayenne pepper to paprika. Garlic powder can be added to taste. After seasoning the chickpeas, spread them on a baking sheet and place them in the oven until they get dry and turn brown. Let it cool down a little and you’re ready to meet all the desires of your midnight craving.

3. Soya Chunks Manchurian

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Soya Chunks with Manchurian is an awesome Indo-Chinese dish in which protein-rich soya chunks are combined with a tempting, vinegar-based, spicy, and tangy Manchurian sauce. Soy chunks are soaked in hot water to a point where the softness is visible to the eyes and drain all water by pressing the soya chunks. Subsequently, dredge the soya chunks in a batter that is composed of cornflour, whole wheat, or all-purpose flour, and salt, and then deep fry them until they become golden brown and crispy. In another pan, sauté garlic, ginger, and onions except green chilies and capsicum until they become soft. After that, mix soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chilli sauce, vinegar, sugar, and salt, till it becomes an aromatic sauce. Toss in the chunk nut and the sauce, and cook for a few minutes more, until the sauce turns thick. Top with chopped scallions and serve up.

4. Soya Tikki

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Soya Tikki is a great source of nutrition indeed. It’s made from soya granules, mashed potatoes and they are all dressed up in the flavour of aromatic spices. Make Soya Tikki this way: take soya granules, soak them in hot water and once they have become soft, drain and squeeze water out properly. Put all the ingredients that have already been soaked and then boiled and mashed with soya granules, green chilies, chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, cumin powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Pill the mixture into tikkis, lay the bread crumbs on its coat, then fry shallowly until the color becomes golden and the appearance becomes crispy. The zesty crispy Soya Tikkis are best served with fresh green chutney or ketchup.

5. Soya Bhurji

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Soya Bhurji is a zesty and healthy meal with chunky soybean granules and noodles cooked in herbs. Start Soya Bhurji preparation by soaking granules of soya in hot water until they turn soft, then drain and set them aside. First, heat the oil in a pan and then tip in the cumin seeds. After that, put the chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, and green chillies inside. Fry the onions until becoming opaque and then add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft. To that, put in a pinch of salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and also garam masala and mix them all. Resolve soya granules in the broth and cook for 2-3 minutes until the flavours are absorbed by the soya granules. Decorate with fresh coriander leaves and eat with bread or chapati. 

Not only high calories, but also unhealthy choices are unstoppable when too hungry even at night, but there are good alternatives to soy-based recipes to replace them. Ranging from savoury to sweet, these five whole-food dishes serve as a better choice of late-night snacking, which also deliver nutrients to the body that are essential to the brain and the whole body’s health. As such hunger strikes during nocturnal hours, soy food is the go-to choice for a complete and tasty nutritious option.