The China Rose

Verdad for Todos

Vegan Meatballs, Pearl Onions and Mixed Mushrooms Over Pumpkin Pasta

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Combine 1/3 c. dried mixed mushrooms with 1 c. water, bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer. Drain after 15 minutes. Simmer one package of pearl onions in 1/2″ water until slightly soft and drain. Create a cream sauce using 3/4 c plain soy creamer, 4 T Earth Balance, a couple of dashes of white wine, and 1/2 t each turmeric and sage. Season with 1/8 t each freshly grated nutmeg & white pepper. Add sea salt to taste.  Add to cream sauce 8-10 vegan*  meatballs, and the drained pearl onions. Coarsely chop mushrooms and add. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

In the meanwhile, cook pumpkin frenette pasta for 10 minutes. Drain.

Combine the meatballs and onions in cream sauce with the pumpkin pasta. Season to taste. Toss with vegan parmesan.

Serve hot with steamed kale.

Try to reserve some for the next day — it will be even better!

NOTE: The Pumpkin Pasta (Trenette) and the dried mixed mushrooms were purchased at Williams-Sonoma

* Highly recommend non-GMO homemade or purchased vegan meatballs

What Was Left in the Bowl!

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Written by chinarose

December 29, 2009 at 9:02 am

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  1. Yum again! Do you recommend a particular vegan meatball? I’ve been reading recently that a lot of meat replacers are contaminated with gmo additives. Not that the soy itself is GMO but the flavorings.

    linda

    December 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

  2. You are right! I found the bag of Trader Joe vegan meatballs in our freezer and realized that we’d bought something made af standard GMo-inflitrated soy — even though we know better. And that after my tirade on your blog! Guilty as charged.

    Well, my husband claims he’s protein-deprived, and that’s a)why we bought them b) why we cooked & ate them anyway. I need to edit my recipe!

    chinarose

    December 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

  3. Hi China Rose!
    I have been calling you Desert Rose over on my blog which is a huge compliment in my mind but I will fix that.
    I didn’t mean that you made a mistake here. Just wondering if you knew of any good products that we can feel great about supporting/consuming.
    I happen to love Morning Stars riblets which probably are a patty of poison but even though I do eat meat now and then, I won’t eat pork so I use that instead, come hell or high water, I love it! We are only human. Bound to make mistakes….so you are forgiven my dear!
    BTW, how would you like to vegan-ify some Arabic recipes with me on my Olives and Sumac blog some day?

    linda

    January 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

  4. Hey Linda:

    Interesting that you called me Desert Rose. Someone once asked me to identify the “Desert Rose.” I never did find that info; still would like to know. Perhaps it refers to Damask roses, which were widely grown in the Middle East for perfume. Additionally, there are rose relatives that grow in desert conditions. Will have to check my rose library for that info. Could also be Cistus, a short-lived desert plant with huge cupped flowers, which I believe is called Desert Rose. I have seen this growing and it’s amazing.

    Someday, I’ll have to post some rose info on this blog!

    chinarose

    January 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

  5. Hi Linda: I never properly responded to your comment! I have never seen an organic vegan meatball, faux bacon or hotdog. There are lots of processed vegan meat subs we never, or very rarely use. We also love those Morningstar riblets , but don’t get them more than 2-3 times a year. I can always put a BBQ sauce on Seitan and bake it.

    Pork is indeed the worst meat, with beef (and similar meats) not far behind. I’m sure Morningstar riblets are an improvement on pork. Also, there’s the fact of pigs. They are actually nice animals that don’t deserve their fate.

    I would love to Vegan-ify your recipes! Grand idea! And testing is the very best part. Where and when do I start?

    chinarose

    January 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm


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