Tonight the older Sprouts and I went to a potluck/BBQ farewell dinner, for our Youth Pastor.
He and his wife are wonderful and supportive friends to our family, and they will be greatly missed - especially by my kids who participated in so many awesome youth-group activities of which he was a part of, or had organised and planned...
- We've heard it said that our bodies are a temple. This is actually something Paul said (1 Cor 3:16-17). A temple is a sanctuary or dwelling place for God, and if we want God in us, we need to take care of our bodies - watch what goes into our minds AND our bodies... He (the Pastor) went on to talk about keeping our lives clean and on the right track. He was of course talking to the kids about what they watched and listened to and not doing drugs, smoking and all that, but he also managed to get in a plug for vegetarianism, saying how much better he feels as a vegetarian.
Here's what I brought:
3 slices bread made into breadcrumbs in food processor (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 cup green pepper, minced (in food processor is fine)
1/3 cup mushrooms, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons ground flax mixed with 3 Tbsp. soymilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup apricot jam
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup minced onion
1 dash hot pepper sauce
Grind bread and seitan in food processor and put in mixing bowl. Place the minced green pepper, mushroom, onion, basil, nuts and oregano in the mixing bowl. Mix soymilk and flax into a goo and mix with other ingredients. It should hold together like firm playdough at this point - if needed adjust soymilk, or breadcrumbs or add a wee bit of gluten flour if you have it....
Do not put too many balls in the oil at one time, as it lowers the temperature of the oil and causes the balls to become soggy and fall apart. Continue until all the balls are done.
Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until meatballs are firm, and sauce is thick and bubbly.