Soy Foods Month

Home Care in Lowell MI

April is Soy Foods Month, an ideal opportunity for you to discover all of the health benefits of this simple and versatile plant and learn new ways to integrate them into your home care routine. Home-Care-in-Lowell-MIActually a bean, soy contains all eight of the essential amino acids. This means that is a natural animal-free complete protein. Between 30 and 40 percent of women do not get as protein as they need on a daily basis. This risk is particularly high among women over the age of 70. Protein is vital to the health and wellbeing of virtually all systems of your body and not getting enough can put your parent at high risk of a variety of health concerns.

Despite being very high in protein, soy is low in calories and in fat. This makes it easier for your parent to get the nutrients that she needs while sticking to her dietary guidelines.

One of the best parts about soy is how versatile it is. You can create a tremendous array of foods from it, from smoothies to crunchy, salty snacks. This unique take on soy is a delicious alternative to hummus. Packed with protein and vitamins, this dip is wonderful served with crunchy crackers or chips, but you can also push the nutritional benefits even further by serving it alongside fresh vegetables or adding it to a vegetable sandwich as an alternative to mayonnaise.


What You Will Need

  • 1 pound of either fresh or frozen edamame out of their shells
  • 1/4 of a cup of water
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 of a cup of diced onion
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon of brown miso
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 of a cup of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 of a cup of tightly packed fresh parsley leaves or cilantro
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A food processor
  • A spatula
  • Chips or crackers for serving
  • An airtight container for saving
  • A microwave safe bowl


What to Do

  • Use the sharp knife to dice the onion if needed and set aside
  • Use the sharp knife to slice the garlic clove and set aside
  • Squeeze the lemon or lime juice as needed and set aside
  • Place the edamame in the large microwave safe bowl
  • Place in the microwave and allow to cook on high for five minutes
  • Drain the excess water
  • Remove about 12 ounces for the following
  • Preserve the remainder of the edamame in an airtight container
  • Place the 12 ounces of edamame into the food processor
  • Add the lime juice, miso, garlic and cilantro to the food processor and process for five seconds
  • Add the onion, salt, chili paste and pepper to the food processor
  • Process for 15 seconds
  • Scrape down the insides of the bowl with the spatula
  • Process again for 20 seconds
  • While it is processing, slowly add the olive oil into the bowl
  • Scrape down the bowl
  • Process again for 10 seconds
  • Taste for seasoning, adding pepper or salt as desired
  • Remove from the bowl and place in serving bowls
  • Serve with crackers or chips
  • If saving, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to five days


If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Lowell, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.



About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.