Good Vegan Meatballs

Yves, The Good MeatballsYves, The Good Meatballs are good, but I have had a lot of good vegan meatballs. It must be the way I am able to cook meatballs after I take them out of the bag, or package in this case.
These I fried in a little lite olive oil with onions, portabella mushrooms – which added a lot to the flavor and the ultimate gravy, and vegetarian soup stock. Then after they cooked for a while, I tossed in garlic, dried basil, and a splash of balsamic vinegar – yeow, secret ingredient, just use a little.
After everything was brown, I spooned in just a half 4oz. can of the most basic tomato sauce and added water, probably more water than the sauce until the gravy was liquid, but not watery.
I let it barely simmer on very low while I waited for my pasta to al dente and then chowed!
The gravy was brown, and had such an interesting tang to it because of the balsamic vinegar. The vegan meatballs are like little sponges in the way they drink up flavors so they were incredibly tasty.
I sprinkled some “almost vegan” cheese – Veggie Shreds Mozzarella (has casein in it) over the top because the brown gravy didn’t seem to fit with parmesan, but could have.

Vegan Menu?

I received a comment on my Panera Bread post (which gets as much traffic as any post) from someone who wanted to find a vegan menu to help out his sister.
I was touched, and I thought this might help.
Veg Starter Kit
Click on the banner or here to download the starter kit in PDF form. (takes a while, wait for it) You can order a printed Vegetarian Starter Kit by clicking here.
The recipes and menus are on page 11.
You can also visit the Vegetarian Starter Kit page for all sorts of information.

Smart Deli Bologna

When I was young, my dad used to make us fried bologna sandwiches. They were really greasy and great and it was fun to see my dad cook.
Smart Deli, Old World Bologna Style
This bologna reminded me of that, but when I made a fried sandwich out of it, it just didn’t do it for me.
So the other night I cut a wad of it into strips and tossed them, some cauliflower, onions, frozen hash browns and chopped fresh spinach into a pan with a bit of olive oil and made a very interesting meal. I seasoned it with red pepper flakes and parsley and it was really good.
Just a suggestion.
5 different kinds of Smart Deli including the Bologna – Roast Turkey Style, Country Ham Style, Three Peppercorn Pastrami Style, Pepperoni Slices (which I have used on pizza and are good, and I don’t even like pepperoni). Vegan.

Green Guru International Cuisine

Green Guru is great.
Green Guru Dal Rajastani
They make some of the best exotic vegetarian foods and I love them because they write whether or not that particular dish is vegan right on the front of the box along with its spice level.
I had Dal Rajastani tonight as a main course over rice. Yum.