Hot flashes and night sweats are probably the most cliché symptoms of menopause – often portrayed in movies as the older woman having one of her “crazy hot flashes.” Unfortunately, hot flashes are real and very common during menopause (not just the stuff of movies), and have personally kept me up at night.
There is plenty of helpful information about dealing with hot flashes and night sweats out there, and of course I have found healthy dishes that help with these symptoms. One particular tasty dish that I am loving right now is hoisin vegetarian soy meatballs. Soy contains isoflavones, which are phytoestrogenic, replacing estrogen and raising its levels.
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 2 teaspoons of ginger
- 2 tablespoons of onion
- 1/4 cup soymilk
- 3/4 teaspoons of salt
- 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs (if seasoned, go for low sodium ones)
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2/3 cups of hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 egg
- 390 grams of textured soy protein (TVP), beef flavored
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix the soy meat, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, onion, salt, ginger, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Make them into balls or round patties, like 1 ½ inch big, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake for around 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce! Mix together the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, 2 extra garlic cloves and a bit more (around 1 teaspoon) ginger into a bowl. Once the meatballs are ready, toss the sauce on top.
This Asian-inspired dish is healthy, easy to make, and its tangy taste was a winner. If you’re not into spicy food so much, try lowering the amount of ginger. Bonus points for the beneficial soy, making it a vegetarian option that can be enjoyed by everyone!