Monday, February 4, 2013

Soy-Free Soy Sauce

by Kelley Lindberg

When you have to eliminate specific foods from your diet, there’s always an adjustment period as you learn how to replace your favorite foods with safe brands, varieties, or outright substitutes. Normal condiments that enhance so many recipes are one of the first things you have to learn to replace.

For example, if you have to eliminate peanuts, you discover products like Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds). If you have to replace eggs, you learn about Vegenaise mayonnaise replacement. If you have to replace dairy, you learn about soy and rice milks, and margarines like Nucoa or Earth Balance.

But if you’re allergic to soy, how do you replace that standby of Asian cooking, soy sauce?

A friend let me know about a replacement for soy sauce that is… get this… soy-free!

Coconut Aminos is a seasoning sauce that is made from the sap of coconut palms and sea salt. It’s vegan, soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It’s also touted to have 17 amino acids and to be “raw—enzymatically active.”

It’s supposed to taste very much like real soy sauce, so your stir-fry recipes should taste like you expect.

In Utah, it looks like Whole Foods, Harmons, Good Earth Natural Foods, and other health food stores are carrying it. If you have tried it, share a Comment to let us know what you think!

Coconut Aminos is just one more handy tool in our tool belt of allergy-friendly foods that make cooking easier and tastier for us all.


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