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Super game day recipes featuring CHS ingredients

Jan 31, 2017
Football fans and food fanatics looking for ways to change up their game day menu might consider adding soy or canola products to their recipes. If you’re more inclined to make a quick swing through the frozen entrees section of your favorite supermarket, you’ll find that many food items use soy or canola ingredients.  

CHS Processing and Food Ingredients supplies leading food manufacturers with soybean and canola oil, soy flour, textured soy flour and soybean isolates that are used in a variety of processed foods. At its six plants, CHS refines nearly 2 billion pounds of soybeans and canola to produce 3.3 million tons of soy protein products and canola meal.   

“Soy is a healthy protein providing high protein with a complete amino acid profile and fiber and it has little to no fat and cholesterol,” says Kara VanKleek, CHS marketing director, Processing and Food Ingredients. “The American Heart Association considers soy to be a heart-healthy choice and recommends including 25 grams per day. Soy is also a more cost effective option than animal protein for food companies seeking to boost protein content but keep fat and cholesterol low.”

Significant technological advances have removed much of the “beany” flavor often previously associated with soy, VanKleek says. “Many soy ingredients have a bland flavor profile that easily picks up seasoning or flavor of the ingredients it is combined with.  CHS also processes soybeans into flour that is then texturized and flavored to create meat analogs like our Imagic® imitation bacon crumbles.” 

Adding soy flour to baked goods extends the cookie or bread shelf-life, and provides a protein boost to boot. VanKleek says consumers can buy soy flour and soy isolates at larger or specialty grocery stores, or online. 

Canola oil is excellent for cooking because of its light flavor, high smoke point, and smooth texture; making it one of the most versatile cooking oils and is ideal for sautéing, grilling, stir-frying and deep frying. 

“Canola oil has less saturated fat than any other oil used in the U.S., and is rich in two fatty acids that are essential in your diet, because your body can't make them,” says VanKleek. “In addition to that, canola oil has very high levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and help control blood glucose.”

VanKleek monitors consumer trends and says the next “big thing” is the growth of plant-based foods. “Consumers can’t seem to get enough protein in their diets and are looking for innovative options to take the inherent benefits of plants into their daily lives.”

Get creative with your game day recipes! Find several recipes featuring various CHS ingredients below. Soy-based bacon bits are readily available in grocery stores. Flavored soy protein is available online, in specialty health food stores, and in some pharmacy and food sections of large consumer goods retailers.  

CHS Recipes: 
CHS Showcase Cookie
CHS Bacon and Cheese Biscuits