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Breakfast Crop of the Month Recipes

Salsa Verde Soy Breakfast Skillet

Well we are coming to an end of our soybean feature during my Crop of the Month series, next we will move onto corn and corn-related recipes!  As I’ve been going through this journey exploring soy foods, I’ve come to find that I enjoy soy products a lot more than I ever imagined! I shared about TSP (textured soy protein) when I made tacos with it and I was pleasantly surprised how much I actually liked it! This time I…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Salads Sides

Wild Rice and Edamame Sriracha Salad

As I am experimenting more and more with soy products during my Crop of the Month series, I am finding more and more uses for them. Really, shelled edamame can be added to anything. Rice pilaf, salads, stir fry. The uses are endless. They’ve become a great staple for me in the kitchen.  This is a quick salad I literally threw together in 10 minutes. The trick to this salad is you’ve got to let it sit and marinate in…

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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Soybeans

Soybean Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts! Many of you enjoyed the wheat growth stages post I wrote so I wanted to do the same for soybeans. I’ve already shared a little bit about the history of soybeans here in the United States as well as some great recipes including soy ingredients.  Why Do We Grow Soybeans? Soybeans are not a crop that was typically grown here in North Dakota, but yet in 2014 North…

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Breads Crop of the Month Main Courses Recipes

Flour Tortilla Soft Soy Tacos with Sweet Potatoes

Continuing my journey into soy foods, I discovered a product called textured soy protein (TSP) or sometimes it is called textured vegetable protein (TVP). In a nutshell, TSP is a defatted soy flour product that is a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is extremely quick to cook with a protein content far greater than which comes from meat. Hence the reason why many people use TSP as a meat extender or replacement. TSP has a texture that resembles ground…

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Crop of the Month Soybeans

Soybeans: The Miracle Bean

Soybeans. What comes to mind when you think of soybeans? For me it is typically tofu. Today, soybeans are the United States’ second largest crop in cash sales and the number one export crop, with about 40 percent of the world’s soybean trade originating from the U.S. Here in North Dakota, soybeans production has taken off making North Dakota a major player in the U.S. soybean production. In the last 20 years in North Dakota, soybean production has increased by…

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Appetizers Crop of the Month Recipes

Soybean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Crop of the Month series and back and this month it is all about soybeans!  We grow soybeans on our farm because they are a great stable crop for our area. Soybeans allow us to maintain good weed control as well as are a pretty tolerant crop. We need a crop that can be seeded into wheat residue that has the potential to be wet and soybeans allow us to seed in a wide range of planting dates. I will…

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Crop of the Month

Crop of the Month: Great American Wheat Harvest Giveaway

Well it is July 1 and that means it is time to move onto another crop we grow here on our farm with my Crop of the Month series. Our wheat has been growing and if it can continue to avoid the hail, it is looking pretty awesome! Here’s what it looks like right now:  As we learned last time, it is in the heading and soon reproductive stage! I will be sure and take more photos as it grows…

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Crop of the Month Desserts Recipes

Wheat Berry Rice Pudding with Caramelized Bacon & Nuts

I love pudding anything… Bread pudding, rice pudding. There’s just something about that gooey delicious-ness that makes your soul feel comforted. When I knew I was going to be sharing recipes involving wheat as whole grains for my Crop of the Month series, I immediately thought of wheat berry pudding!  So, I took a classic rice pudding recipe and halved the rice, added the wheat berries… Then I upped the ante by adding caramelized maple syrup, bacon, and nut topping.…

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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Wheat

Wheat Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts, starting with wheat! I’ve written about wheat quite a bit in the past, so I’ve repurposed many of those posts during this series. I’ve also shared some great wheat recipes that incorporate wheat as a whole grain into your diet, I hope you’ve tried some of them!  As we are coming to a close on our wheat portion of this series, I wanted to share with you…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Salads Sides

Wheat Berry Fruit Salad

Summer is finally here! Summer is my favorite time of year on the prairie… Everything is green, crops are growing, and best of all, we’ve got all sorts of delicious produce! There’s nothing better than a fresh salad with some beef from the grill.  I got the idea to add wheat berries to a fruit salad when I saw a fruit salad with quinoa in it. Why not add wheat berries instead? Perfect! This also makes a great breakfast and…

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