1Vegan Tofu Balls in Tomato and Basil Sauce (7hours total cooking time)
3Preamble: I am a meat eater but was raised on a predominantly lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. I believe it doesnt hurt to try new foods and when you crave that fresh veggie and herb taste this is the recipe for you. It has been modified for the slow cooker (and my tastes) from a CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Program) recipe book Simple, Tasty, Good , 2012 Signs Publishing Co.
4If you are not quite full vegan, you can add some grated cheese as a garnish if you like, or swap the tofu for cottage cheese.
61 make the balls first; place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until it looks like bread crumbs. You can do this by hand it will just look a little more rustic.
72Mould into golf ball sized balls and carefully place into baking paper lined slow cooker. This step can also be done by placing into a stove top pan to cook. You need to have room to carefully turn at least once or twice through the cooking process to brown evenly.
83Cook on high, or low if your low runs hot, for around 2hrs. remove from slow cooker.
9Once you put the sauce on youll have a few hours free to do other things
104 make the sauce; place onions and garlic into a food processor and pulse until medium to small size.
115 Add the rest of the sauce ingredients except water and pulse lightly to blend. Warm this sauce a little to reduce temperature difference from slow cooker.
126 Pour into slow cooker and stir through the extra can of water. The sauce wont make extra juices while its cooking but can rather lose some via steam escape so the extra water ensures a good consistency. If you think it may make it too thin just add half at start of cooking and the other half at the end. My cooker looses steam so I add the water at the beginning of the cooking.
138 cook on low for up to 4 hours. Taste test and adjust seasonings if needed.
147 30mins prior to serving, place the balls carefully into the sauce. Do not stir at this point as they will fall apart. While they are heating up boil your pasta.
15Serve on pasta or cauliflower rice with some crusty bread and some fresh herbs to garnish
16TIP: if serving to a meat eater, just dont advertise it is vegan. Lol. That seems to be a swear word!! Lol.
Submitted by Keryn Wolff
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