Sunday, January 28, 2007

After making that great batch of seitan the other week (see previous post), I was excited to try another seitan recipe on the following weekend. My absolute favorite dish when I was a child, was spaghetti and meatballs. Every year on my birthday, I would choose that without hesitation, for my birthday meal. To this day, it is the ultimate comfort food! Of course, red meat was the first thing I cut out, when I began to go vegetarian eight years ago. When I became vegan, I didn't ever want to eat anything that even resembled meat! Well, I thought I would give these a try anyway, and prove to my husband :) that I could make something that didn't involve what he considers "exotic ingredients" (such as coconut milk, curry paste, ginger, or seaweed).

I was so pleased with the way that these came out! They were very delicate, but the taste was heaven! It was even a little creepy, how much the seitan looked like ground beef when I crumbled it in my food processor. It actually made me a little sad, so I had to remind myself that I wasn't hurting any animals with THESE meatballs! :) I didn't have any whole wheat spaghetti on hand, so I used spelt rotini. I sprinkled them with some nutritional yeast mixed with gomashio (a sesame seed/seaweed mixture). Along with some good jarred tomato sauce, a rose wine, and my latest issue of Farm Sanctuary magazine, I was set to go! What a nice, winter meal.


Jody from VegChic said...

Did you get the recipe somewhere or just make these on your own? They look pretty tasty to me.

I'm a huge seitan fan, but I didn't care too much for the PPK version. I actually really dig the recipe from Bold Vegetarian.

Hope you are staying warm.

scottishvegan said...

I don't recall ever eating meatballs before I turned veggie, but have eaten store bought veggie ones a few times. These look much better!

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Jody- the recipe was from the most recent Vegetarian Times magazine. You might be able to get the recipe on their website ( The flavor was great, but again, not as firm as I am used to. I assume Bold Vegetarian is a cookbook? I have looked at just about every cookbook out there (and own about thirty!) but haven't heard of that one yet. As for staying warm, we are actually looking at another snowstorm! School's out?!

ScottishVegan- the store bought ones tend to be a little chewy, but not bad. I just like things homemade! I didn't grow up with many frozen meals :)

Fairly Odd Tofu Mom said...

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Anonymous said...

sounds great!