Bean Supreme are all about quality soy foods made right here in NZ. Their motto? Good taste and good health. Bean Supreme products are the perfect protein alternative and their tofu comes in blocks, sensational sausages and new marinated tofu. Best of all, tofu beats depression!
Bean Supreme Marinated Tofu: Made with the perfect protein of whole soy plus Bean Supreme’s famous care and dedication. Their Marinated Tofu is non dairy and has no animal fat. Delicious silky tofu pressed gently in the traditional manner from whole soy beans. Simply slice or dice, quickly fry, cover the tofu with your sticky glaze marinade and serve with almost anything: asian broth, stir-fried vegetables, steamed rice, egg noodles or fried rice. Two amazing taste explosion flavours: Ginger & Honey and Hoisin & Sesame.
Bean Supreme Vegetarian Sausages: At Bean Supreme they have a fabulous range of vegetarian tofu sausages. The original, with a dash of paprika, can be compared to the frankfurter; slim in form, fresh packed in a skin which is removed before cooking and are really versatile for use in all sorts of meals including the old favourite of bangers and mash, or as a hot dog with mustard in a fresh buttered roll. Bean Supreme sausages are rich in protein (17%) but they’re also a good source of Iron and Vitamin B12. The newer flavours include Roast Onion & Parmesan, Sundried Tomato & Kalamata Olive and Rosemary Sage & Parsley. Even the meat-loving sausage lovers in your family will adore this healthy alternative. My 10-year old son gobbles down the roast onion sausages and has no idea (yet!) that they’re are indeed tofu.
Bean Supreme Firm Tofu: The most well known of the traditional soyfoods, Tofu is high in protein, easy to digest and very versatile. Tofu in blocks can be cut up for cooking and thrown into stir fries and salads. Bean Supreme make their Tofu from fresh soymilk which is coagulated with a small amount of a Calcium salt. The resulting curd is then pressed into large cakes ready to be cut and packaged. The firmer the Tofu, the higher the protein levels.
Serving Idea: Cut the firm tofu block up into long strips about 10mm in thickness. Dip into flour and beaten egg and then into crispy breadcrumbs. Fry lightly over a medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Season and serve. Just like that – a delcious crispy snack. But also try tossing these in a salad and use a light soy and ginger salad dressing.
Bean Supreme Organic Tofu: The Bean Supreme green block is a silky smooth tofu which is softer and contains a little more liquid than the firm-style. It can be used in the same way as the firm style but it is very useful as a substitute for dairy, creams, and desserts.
Serving Idea: Make a tofu mousse with a handblender whizz. Throw in a block of the silky tofu, add a cup of your favourite juice and some soaked dried fruit (apricots are good). Then add a banana, a drizzle of honey and a tablespoon of a clean vegetable oil. Whirl for a good few minutes and then drain in ramekins. Leave overnight in the fridge. Serve. Eat. Sit back and smile. Your body is a temple!
Your body is also very clever…
Think of it as a machine. There is evidence (well tested medical evidence published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet), that serotonin is an important neurotransmitter in the brain and needs to be enhanced in depressed patients.
The foods that depressives should eat should have an abundance of tryptophan. In fact missing just one day of tryptophan intake can cause relapse into depression. Tryptophan is found in black walnuts, almonds, sesame, gluten flour, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and tofu. In fact tofu has the highest level at 747mg/100gms.
At Bean Supreme, they have fought against the use of genetically engineered foods (aka foods produced using biotechnology). They vigorously source certified non-genetically engineered ingredients from all of our suppliers. In 2008 they increased their efforts in this regard by:
1. Demanding that their importers test all incoming shipments of soybeans and soybean based products for GMO traces. They feel that this is necessary to protect the consumer and our country from the risks of inadvertant GMO contamination in the food supply chain.
2. They support the position of the Green party and other environmental organisations that have ensured the mandatory labeling of any genetically engineered foods.
Currently genetically engineered foods are not required to be labeled in the United States or Canada. However in New Zealand, as with the 25 European Union nations along with Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Russia and many other countries around the world, there are specific labeling requirements. In all of the countries that require labeling, companies have chosen to eliminate genetically engineered ingredients out of their products rather than labeling them.
Bean Supreme has always used a mixture of non-GM conventionally grown soybeans and non-GM certified organic soybeans and grains wherever possible. Currently 80% of their entire line of Tofu Products are made with Certified Organics and they’re soon to confirm a long-term contract with their organic growers that will see them converting to 100% certified organic soybeans and grains.