Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Meatless Eatin'

I've been slowly moving in the vegetarian direction for some time now and have really enjoyed getting to eat some new things. Saturday night I made this. Wow, that sauce is pungent! It was really good, and I'll probably make it again...

Dumplings
2-3 cakes Med. firm tofu pressed and mashed
2 Tablespoons (peanut butter)
3 Tablespoons tamari soy sauce
4 scallions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms (6 ounces)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup diced water chestnuts

Sauce
1 1/2 cups pineapple, orange, and/or apple juice
1/4 cup maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup tamari soy sauce
2 Tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water

In large bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the tofu dumplings. Shape into approximately 2 dozen 2 inch balls and place on an oiled baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 45 minutes, until golden and firm.

Combine all the sauce ingredients except the cornstarch in a stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in the dissolved cornstarch and simmer, stirring continuously, until the sauce is clear and thickened.

Pour the sauce over the dumplings and serve immediately. Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.

11 comments:

Amy Harden said...

I didn't love it but I didn't NOT eat it...

The best part of the whole dish is the name, which my husband (so conveniently) left un-mentioned.

anonymous julie said...

Gee, what's it called?

Alright, I'm putting recipes and photos on my blog too...

Trev Diesel said...

I didn't leave off the name on purpose... just forgot...

Well, it's called BUDDHA'S JEWELS, but given the round ball-ish (dare I say testicular) nature of the dumplings, there were quite an array of jokes during the meal about Buddha's "jewels."

isaiah said...

Ha! Well....... it still sounds delicious anyway. I'll have to give it a try!

Whe are you guys coming this way again?

Zach Young said...

Sounds really good, I'm gonna have to try that soon.

Renegade Buddha said...

Too funny!

Sounds good too.

Andrew said...

Ooh, sounds good. I'll have to try them soon.

I'm sure the Buddha would enjoy the humor, too.

"James" said...

Congrats on moving veggie. Going on two years here. :)

Celeste said...

(off topic)...check out these interesting musicians I found out about:

http://www.myspace.com/wynneparis He's coming to my new town for a kirtan evening, I'm going

http://myspace.com/govindasky
Trancendental Hip Hop! Unusual.

Anonymous said...

You should try this: Masala Vada is made with Channa Dal...It can be had as a snack or as rice accompainment...Vadas taste yummy and crispy when it is served hot...i normally store the vadas in a air tight container...it stays good for a week.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Channa Dal
1 Small Onion
1 Green Chilly
Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves
Pinch of Ginger
Salt
Little Saunf
Half Stick Cinnamon
Vegetable Oil

Soak the Channa Dal in water for abt. 15 minutes...Drain the water Completely.. In a bowl, add the channa dal, chopped onions, chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves, saunf, hing, ginger, salt and cinnamon and grind it once...Don't add water while grinding and don't grind the paste very smooth... Heat the oil in a pan...make small balls from the paste and fry it till it becomes golden brown...


It is so yummy with Chai!

Hayden said...

sounds good, I'll try it. I'm not vegetarian, but I do eat a lot of tofu....