Vegan bulgogi, tofu with Just Egg, broccoli, and cilantro lime Right Rice (leftovers) with Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

My husband tried a tofu, just egg and garlic recipe, from something he found somewhere on the Internet, I will look for the recipe to share with you later.

Just egg is a vegan egg replacement made out of mung beans. Yes, it’s a processed food, but that doesn’t mean it’s evil, actually it’s very nutritious. I don’t see any negative to it, nutritionally,. One could eat Just Egg every day and be totally healthy, as far as I can tell.

No need to see something like Just Egg as a “treat food, only to be eaten in moderation,” only because it’s “processed.” Look at the nutrition on the stuff. If it’s all good for you (taking into account whatever medical restrictions you have which are unique to your situation), then it’s all good!

The right rice is a higher protein, higher fiber, lower carb rice substitute which is made out of things like lentil flour, chickpea flour, pea flour, and rice flour, all processed together and shaped into something that looks like grains of rice.

The Bulgogi is a product from Trader Joe’s in the USA: Trader Joe’s Korean beefless Bulgogi. My husband doctors it up with extra vegetables like bell peppers and garlic and also a vegan Bulgogi sauce that he found at an Asian market.

Regarding the nutrition on the beefless Bulgogi, it’s about 230 cal, 16 g of protein, 2 g of saturated fat, and 25% daily value for sodium.

Nutrition label and ingredients for Trader Joe’s Beefless Korean Bulgogi, from the Trader Joe’s website.

If I hear somebody complaining, “All these vegan options are so high in sodium! It’s ridiculous!” I will ask that person, will you please find out how much salt is in traditional Korean beef bulgogi? If the sodium content the typical Korean beef bulgogi is just about the same, then it’s not the veganness of the product that’s the issue it’s just that this is a salty type of meat.

If anybody wants to check on the typical sodium content of traditional Korean beef bulgogi, feel free to comment or reply below.

My husband also made a broccoli in a Chinese stirfry sauce as well as regular steamed broccoli. We had both of these as leftovers so I put some of each in my bowl.

Popped the bowl in the microwave, and then it was ready to eat! Well, except that I added hemp seeds, sprinkled on top.

In the USA, it seems that most of the hemp seeds we have come from Canada. Wasn’t it illegal to grow hemp in the USA for many years? Thankfully, Canada began producing hemp in the late 1990s. If it weren’t for the Canadians developing the industry there, we wouldn’t have easy access to hemp seeds here in the USA Today.

Looking back, it’s sad that generations of people missed out on the good nutrition of hemp seeds, due at least in part to government regulations in the USA, Canada, and other countries, too, I would imagine, that made cultivation of hemp illegal.

Per the 2018 Farm Bill, if it’s no longer illegal to grow hemp in the USA. Hurray! Better late than never. It is four years later, and I still only see Canadian hemp products in our grocery stores in the USA. I’m sure it will take a bit of time for industries to develop.

What you see here are Manitoba Hatvest hemp seeds, from Fresh Hemp Foods Limited in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

I probably typically put only about 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds on a typical meal like this, so that would be only 0.5 g of saturated fat, 60 cal, 0 mg sodium and about 3.3 g of protein.

I like to put hemp seeds on my food because I like the way they taste… They are kind of like pine nuts or Parmesan cheese, and also because of the extra nutrition. Hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fats and other vitamins and minerals, such as iron, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese.

Nutrition label for hemp hearts, from the Manitoba Harvest website.

I’m always warning against the temptation to vilify so-called “processed foods” … Not because all processed foods are fantastic or nutritious, but simply because it makes more sense to evaluate foods on an individual basis, rather than to make a blanket statement based on whether you think they are so-called processed or Whole Foods.

These Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts or hemp seeds probably qualify as a whole food for the people who keep track of that kind of thing. “They are just one ingredient!!!!!” *eye roll* LOL. Yes, just one ingredient, and yes, hemp seeds are very nutritious.

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