Friday, November 7, 2008

dan's green rice 'n tempeh meatlessballs!

dan's dinner last night was inspired by one of the restaurants he enjoyed on his visit to NYC last weekend - rice! he ordered a tasty potato soup & a bowl of green rice with some veggie meatballs on top. last night he recreated something similar, and i must say, it was so awesome! we ate our rice bowls with chopsticks and it was such a fun & tasty dinner! dan put sriracha on his tempeh meatlessballs, and i choose something a little less spicy - toasted pine nuts. both were glorious! here's what he did...

ingredients for the tempeh meatlessballs (similar to the tvp meatlessballs ):
1 package of tempeh, steamed & finely grated
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp coconut aminos
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp basil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp parsley
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp chickpea or brown rice flour
olive oil cooking spray
1 tbsp olive oil

ingredients for the green rice:
1 1/2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
3 cups water (or 3 cups veggie broth)
1 veggie bouillon cube (optional - if you don't use veggie broth)
3 cups fresh spinach
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
olive oil cooking spray

what you'll need:
large skillet + lid
medium sized skillet
small pot
food processor (optional)

what'cha gotta do:
in the small pot combine water & veggie bouillon cube. boil water & stir to dissolve veggie cube. remove from heat & set aside.

lightly spray the large skillet with a little olive oil cooking spray. saute onions on medium-high for 4 minutes. chop spinach in food processor (or by hand) until fine and add spinach & parsley to the skillet with sauteed onions; cook for 3 more minutes. add rice + water (or veggie broth) and increase heat to high. once the mixture begins to boil cover the skillet with the lid, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes remove from heat, keep skillet covered, and let this rest for 5 minutes. while your rice is cooking get a move on your meatlessballs!

in the medium skillet heat a little olive oil cooking spray. saute onion until it begins to brown (about 5-8 minutes). turn off heat and add in all the spices, liquid braggs, water, nutritional yeast and tahini. combine well, then add in grated tempeh and flour. combine well - adjust seasonings to taste - form meatlessballs with your hands. clean out the skillet - heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium-high. saute meatlessballs in olive oil until browned on all sides (turning over frequently so they don't burn). once browned you can remove them from the heat and if you like you can keep them warm in the oven on 200 degrees while you're waiting on the rice to finish up.

place some rice in a bowl, some tempeh meatlessballs, seasonings of your choice, and gobble it up! sooooooooo yummy!

p.s. - for a variation we're thinking next time we'll try some mexican-themed green rice made with tomatillos and black bean balls! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


Lauren said...

Mmm! Those look fantastic! Go Dan! :)

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Dan is the man in the kitchen isn't he! That is so awesome that he recreated a restaurant meal. And the green rice sounds fantastic!

Crystal said...

Agreed, these look amazing and horray for Dan for being a good cook!! Is there any way I can send my husband to your house so that he can take some notes from him?? :-)

shellyfish said...

I had no idea how hungry I was until I read this post Jessy! Rock on Dan! I think I might try this tonight. I'm out of tahini, so I'll have to sub it.

OMD- my word varification is "badess" which totally sounds like badass which is so your blog woman!

jessy said...

thanks, Lauren! :)

you're so right, Jennifer - he's great in the kitchen! the green rice was really awesome (i'd never even heard of green rice) - i think next time we're gonna make it mexican-themed and spice it up! mmmmmmmm!

thanks, Crystal! ahahahaha - you can totally send your spouse over! dan would probably love some help! :) boys cook'n vegan yummies = the best ever!

that's too funny on the word verification, Shelly! awesome! oh, and you can totally sub peanut butter for the tahini! let us know if you try the meal - we'd love some feedback! wahoooooo!

allularpunk said...

meatballs and! dan is totally channelling michael with that overload of sriracha, haha... i'm a half hour away from my lunch break and this is making my tummy very rumbly!

shellyfish said...

we had the best dinner ever! I'll blog on it in a few days & link to your recipe, but I had to tell you how freaking good it was! I just used some gluten flour in lieu of the tahini and it was so so so so so good!

jessy said...

i decided to be brave, Jessica - i added some sriracha to my leftovers that i enjoyed on my lunch break today. mmmmmmm - they were so good! i hope you had something super delicious for your lunch today as well! and happy friday!

wahooooooooo, Shelly - we're so glad you loved the meal! i'm gonna let dan know, and we'll keep an eye out (as i'm always checking your blog because i love it so freak'n much!) on your blog (thanks for linking us, too!)! hope you have a rock'n weekend! and thanks for the feedback! yay!

River said...

Woohoo! Dan has been making some super fantabulous dishes! These look AWESOME!! Thanks for the recipe!

federal vegan (kate) said...

Looks awesome - I heart tempeh! And yay for men who cook.

Cynthia said...

Both tempeh meatballs and green rice sound fantastic! I totally have to try both of them.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

these look awesome! I guess the tahini and the flour is what helps bind them (as opposed to egg in regular meatballs)? Very creative.

miss v said...

this looks really good, and i love the addition of sriracha! what a great recipe!

mad about udon said...

Yum yum, looks like a real crowd-pleaser!

aTxVegn said...

Dan has been prepping some awfully good dinners. This dinner looks so yummy!

Erin said...

The meatlessballs look soooooo good! I'd eat a dozen of 'em right now.

dietdessertndogs said...

Yummers (oh, sorry, how Rachael Rae of me)--those look fantastic!! I love tempeh and am always looking for new ways to make it. Now here's one I must try! :)

foodsthatfit said...

I just printed your recipe and cannot wait to try it! I have some frozen tempeh in the freezer and wasn't sure what to do with it!

Virginia said...

do u think i could bake these in the oven? i am watching my fat/calorie intake....also, i don't have tahini, could i leave it out?thanks!

veganf said...

Can't wait to try out the meatlessballs recipe! I'm sick of buying them frozen...gotta make time to do a big batch.

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