Friday, February 06, 2004

Super Groovy Hippie Food for Kids

Want to trick your kids into eating healthier? Babysitting some monkeys who eat like shit and you can't bear to stuff a burger down their throats? You feed them hippie food anyway and are looking for a new recipe? Or you just want a vegan meatball for your spaghetti sauce for your own self? Well, okay. If you insist.

Tofu-Nut Balls

1 cup cooked brown rice
2 T tamari (or soy) sauce
1/2 cup finely ground almonds
1/2 pound tofu, mashed
1/2 cup wheat germ

Puree 3/4 cup rice, half the tofu, and the tamari sauce in a blender and whirl it around in there until it forms a thick paste

Add the mixture from the blender to all the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Form little balls about 1-inch around. At this stage, you can either refrigerate the balls up to 24 hours before cooking, or cook them right away. To cook, either bake on a lightly greased tray, 30 minutes at 350, or do what I did and fry the buggers in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, turning (very!) gently every three minutes until they were a uniform brown.

I served these with homemade baked french fries and organic applesauce with organic ketchup, and it was a big hit. The tofu balls also made excellent projectiles to hurl at one another after they were full, particularly since they explode into mushy pieces everywhere upon contact.

Your kids will love them. Or they'll think they taste like ass, what the fuck do I know? I don't know your kids! Leave me alone! Sheesh.

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