One of my favorite things to do with the kids during the holidays is bake. I use my days off of my 9-5p.m job to focus on quality time with the kids, so baking seems to be the best way to multitask with them. But it seems I’m not the only one baking for my children this time of year. Since they are receiving treats from neighbors, our church family, grandparents and naturally their school classroom, I need to focus on the ingredients I use in my family recipes. I am by far not a “health foodie”, but I do try to add or do without certain unnecessary ingredients and insert a healthier option whenever possible.
Soybean oil is one of the most versatile ingredients you can use in the kitchen. This being said, I try to add 100% soy whenever I can. What I like about soy bean oil is that you can use soybean oil without taking away taste or the health benefits from your traditional cooking oil. Soybean oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids & vitamin E, but what you may not know is that soybean oil already accounts for 65% of commercial vegetable oil used in the U.S. All you have to do is check the back of the label to see if your vegetable oil in your pantry contains soybean oil. Wanna know a secret? Soybean oil can turn two ounces of olive oil into a whole pint of flavored oil for dressings. This is exactly what restaurants do to make their homemade salad oil dressings to cut costs without cutting flavor.
So now that the holidays are creeping closer & closer, I decided to make some of my favorite baking recipes using soybean oil. Here is a simple sugar cookie recipe I used with the kiddos the other night. As you can see by the pictures below, the cookies turned out fun & festive. What my kids didn’t know is that they were adding soy into their diet without taking away the fun flavors of the festive cookies! They were a huge winner in my house!!
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup soybean oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Stir dry ingredients until mixed. Add sugar into oil into a separate bowl. Beat in eggs slowly into oil mixture. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients all at once. Blend until dough is smooth. Chill ½ hour. Shape into ½ inch balls. Dip tops of balls into granulated sugar. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
Want to add soybean oil to your favorite family recipes?
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