Coconut Aminos

Oh man, do I love soy sauce. I love sushi because I love soy sauce. I love rice because I love soy sauce. I put soy sauce all over my quinoa. Because I love salt, and soy sauce. Therefore, when I realized that gluten was in soy sauce, I was really really really upset. I also really am not a big fan of soy, especially soy that is not fermented. Why, you ask.

Unfermented soy is so high in phytic acid that it decreases mineral absorption. And when you make soy into soy milk, soy protein isolate, soy lechithin, etc, it becomes just another overly processed food.

Now, fermented soy takes away the phytic acid problem by neutralizing it.

Now, soy is also one of the most genetically modified foods(GMO). Right up there with corn (ew.) So when you use soy, make sure it’s organic, fermented, non-GMO, and unsweetened.

Anyways, that’s when I heard about coconut aminos. All you fellow crossfit enthusiasts also have probably heard of coconut aminos, because of a little something called the paleo diet.  This is huge right now. I agree and disagree with some parts of paleo, so I will never fully follow it, but there are a lot of good things about it. It’s a gluten free diet which is really nice, and really popular right now, also nice for all of us sensitive to gluten people.

Coconut aminos is fermented coconut nectar. I found mine on amazon.com and vitacost. (My two favorite websites for gluten free items.)

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It’s quite good and salty.

“Can I substitute Bragg’s aminos for coconut aminos? It says its an alternative for soy sauce.” This is a valid question. No, you cannot. Braggs aminos is soybean that has been treated by hydrochloric acid. Gross. The treatment process creates free amino acids, which are neutralized with sodium bicarbonate, and the result is sodium chloride. If that sounds ok to you, go for it, but I will stick to the coconut aminos.

I made a fantastic stir fry today with the coconut aminos, garlic salt, and crushed red pepper. We have had leftover venison and bison chili for three days straight (lunch & dinner). I needed something different, but haven’t been to the grocery store. I had a lot of leftover broccoli, leftover quinoa, some frozen squash, and we have a whole freezer full of meat from Heartland Home foods, so I also had some chicken. I made this lovely stir fry.

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.I don’t know the recipe for it, but it was very good. I sauteed the chicken in red palm oil. Added some garlic salt and crushed red pepper for some spice. I then added the coconut aminos and let simmer for awhile. Added the squash, the broc, and some more aminos. I cooked it then on pretty high to make the sauce sort of caramelize. It was very delicious. This would be paleo without the quinoa. But it has quinoa.

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