Hello lovely readers,
Living with a man who still likes their meat and pasta can be a challenge to cook for when he wants a meaty texture and some ‘stodge.’ It’s only ‘stodge’ because it fills you up so much. It only fills you up so much because it bloats you.
When the body feels a foreign invader in its system, it attacks it. If your body is intolerant or allergic to a certain food, then it sees it as foreign and begins to defend itself. So your intestinal wall is attacked by your immune system which causes your stomach to swell, hence bloating. This is not the feeling of being full, it’s a sign of a food intolerance! Think about this next time you’re full up!
Transitioning off meat can also be tricky, especially when it’s such a huge part of society’s culture. Are you wanting to eat less meat & more veggies? Start by cutting out red meat of all kinds, then cut out chicken, followed by turkey. Then fish. If you would like to keep fish in, then be sure to eat fresh ocean fish that are free from polluted waters. Tofu is the perfect way to keep the meatiness in your dish, without the associated digestive issues & energy lulls.
I love this meatball dish, easy to make, ingredients are cheap & it goes a long way!
- 1 celery stalk, with leaves
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Pack of firm tofu, crumbled
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
- 4 tbsp tamari
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 2 cups basil, chopped
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground
- 3 tbsp gluten-free flour
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
1. Cook rice according to packet instructions
2. Preheat oven to 200’C & grease a baking sheet with oil
3. Steam fry celery, onion & garlic. Set aside
4. Add tofu, stock, oats & tamari to a high speed blender and blend until smooth
5. Add parsley, basil, mixed herbs, cayenne & pepper & pulse until mixed together.
6. Add this to the onion mixture & mix well. Add in the flour & rice.
7. The mixture will be slightly sticky, but should roll into balls easily. Add more flour if you need to.
8. Roll all of the mixture into balls and place on to the baking sheet.
9. Bake until browned, approx 25 minutes.
10. Serve with courgette pasta & a spicy tomato sauce (homemade of course).
Enjoy the recipe & please share any pictures!