Easy and Delicious Meat Substitute!

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This is an easy and very flavorful recipe which can help you substitute meat. You can use it the way in which it is explained in the recipe, or you can turn it into meatballs or patties. You can also roll pieces of it in your hands and turn them into small links!
Note: If you would want to drop these into a sauce or into a minestrone, for example, let the dough rest a little longer so that it will "harden" more. That the sausages or meatballs won't fall apart int he liquid. You can also prepare them separately and toss them in right before serving.

3 or 4 slices of whole wheat bread, crusts removed
1/2 cup cracked wheat (cooked as if it was rice, for at least 30 minutes --without salt)
3/4 cup Vital Gluten Flour (you can find it in specialty stores or health food stores)
1/2 cup millet (also cooked until it opens and it's soft--follw package instructions. Do not add salt)
1/2 cup quick oats
1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup walnuts in pieces (chopped small but not pulverized)
1 small raw beet, peeled and chopped
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed in a mortar
1 Tbsp. coriander seed (ground)
1/4 tsp. oregano, crushed
1/4 tsp. sweet basil, crushed
1/4 tsp. rosemary leaf, pulverized

In a bowl, put the quick oats and the bread in a little bit of water and let them rest till soft. Meanwhile, put the onion, the beet and the garlic (if using cloves)in a blender with very little water and process till smooth. Scrape into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well, adding 1/2 cup of water as well as the Vital Gluten Flour little by little as you combine, making sure everything is well incorporated. Don't let the mixture get runny nor mushy!
Let the mixture rest 10 minutes, longer if you want it firmer. Form a doft dough as in the photo. Take portions of it with your hand and form them in any shape you like (steak, meatball, sausage, patty) or just put a lump of the dough in a hot, olive-oil-greased skillet and cook it, breaking it apart with a cooking spoon or fork as it browns, turning it and moving it until it cooks on all sides (do not add water!)witout letting it burn.
Serve with rice, mashed potatoes, baked yams, anything you would like!

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Kellyjo said...

These meat sub. recipes look great! Is there anything else you can use in the place of walnuts? My 2 1/2 year old is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Thanks! Kelly =)

Craftybegonia said...

Hi KellyJo! The "meatless" meat is so flavorful that you can leave the walnuts out and still not lose too much flavor. If you want to, you can add wheat germ instead of the nuts for added nutrition and good consistency.
Hope you enjoy this recipe very much!