November 2, 2009

Spaghetti (Squash) & (Tempeh) Meatballs

Back in ye olde college days (nearly five years ago now, eew), I recall many a Tuesday/Thursday evening spent at the dining hall, fueling up for a late-night dance team practice on spaghetti and meatballs. It looked something like this:

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…but plus meat and minus any real vegetable content.

I’ve since mended my ways (and learned to cook for myself, for that matter) to include neither meat in my meatballs nor pasta in my spaghetti. I might even eat my greens once in a while, too.

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Tonight I butchered a spaghetti squash for the first time, and I am delighted to report that it was well worth the effort. I even came up with a tempeh meatball recipe on the fly to bulk it up a bit, though the only dance I’ll be practicing tonight is the one where I watch So You Think You Can Dance? contestants do the dancing for me. Sad face.

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If you’ve never baked a spaghetti squash before, it’s really quite simple. I followed Tina’s tutorial and it worked perfectly. The sauce I made is Gena’s raw Sweet Pepper Marinara, which I now basically swear by. It gives my tummy a case of the happies. Topped with some homemade Vegan Parm, dinner tonight was just classically delicious in a Lady-and-the-Tramp kind of way.

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As for the “meatballs,” my improvised recipe is quite simple and an express-lane way to amp up the “impressive” factor of this meal, if you ask me.

Tempeh “Meat”balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package of tempeh (about 4 oz)
  • 3 tbsp Vegan Parm (or 3 tbsp nutritional yeast plus dried herbs to taste—oregano, thyme, etc. plus a dash of sea salt)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 1.5 tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Combine flax and water in a small bowl and set aside to thicken for about five minutes.
  2. Crumble tempeh into a small bowl. Add Vegan Parm and flax goo. Stir until well incorporated and sticky.
  3. Prepare a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Shape tempeh mixture into about 8 balls.
  4. Bake 15 minutes, until beginning to brown.

Makes 2 servings

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And don’t forget to eat your greens! I’m pretty much obsessed with massaged kale salad, so trust me when I say this dressing method will convert you to raw kale, even if you’ve never had it before.

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Before I sign off for tonight, I want to point out a wonderful initiative Katie has begun in an effort to raise money for charity this holiday season. 

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It’s called Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness,” whereby she’ll be donating her Foodbuzz ad earnings to charity. Please visit her site so that she can get as many pageviews as possible right now—only by visiting her actual website can Katie earn the money she wants to give back. And while you’re there, click around a bit! You’ll increase the number of hits (aka $$$) she gets, and to be honest, you can’t shake a stick there without hitting a really good recipe. Click forth and be inspired!

14 comments:

katherine said...

See, now, I think you've actually found the one way I would consider attempting tempeh ever again in my whole life. Brilliant!!

emily said...

Nice redo! I don't like tempeh but I think I could try it again in ball form :)

Gina said...

This recipe looks, and sounds delicious. I put it in my files, as I've yet to find a good tempeh recipe! I love meatballs, so this I might like :) Your pictures are tempting me!

Devan Geselle. N said...

teMpeh Meat balls? brilliant?

BroccoliHut said...

I almost got some spaghetti squash today but decided against it due to the growing stash I have of other kinds on my countertop...next time I am SO getting some to try your recipe!

Mama Pea said...

Fan Freakin' Tastic! I've got to make your tempeh balls, so long as my tempeh isn't stanky and gray. Wouldn't want stanky gray balls.

lesley living life said...

Yum! I love spaghetti squash & your version sounds delish!

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

ah I LOVE spaghetti squash but haven't tried tempeh. Will be on the lookout for it at the grocery store next because your dinner looks delish!

Gena said...

As usual, looks and sounds amazing and innovative! Grazie for liking the marinara so much, too:)

Ah, SYTYCD. How I love it.

Did you know that your word verification today is "snots"?

chocolate-Katie said...

Thank you so so much, Diana!!! I can't tell you how much your compassion means to me (and the people who will be helped by generous souls such as yourself).

P.S. How good do those meatballs look?! Must. buy. tempeh...

Diana said...

Oh wow, that looks fantastic!

Missy said...

Looks delicious! I am still dying to try spaghetti squash. I just have to make sure the boy is over to chop that thing for me. I don't think I've ever tried tempeh either!

Raising Seven Vegans said...

The food looks great! I just found your blog and am enjoying reading it!

glidingcalm said...

tempeh meatballs look crazy good!