Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soy beans, cooked till soft
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 red onion or two medium ones, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons coffee substitute (Roma, Pero, Postum or any other)
  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Directions:

Precook your soy beans and your rice (separately).

In a blender, grind the soy beans, the brown rice and the onion with a little bit of water (1/4 to 1/2 cup) until smooth. Dump into a large bowl. Mix in the rest of the ingredients except the spelt. Incorporate well. Add the spelt and form a soft dough. The mixture should now be a dough that will not stick to your hands. Set aside.

In a kettle or large pot, prepare the broth to cook your meat substitute: Add sufficient water to cover, 1 onion, halved; about 2 tablespoon green onions, shopped, 1 teaspoon paprika, salt (if you want more), 3 garlic cloves and let it boil.

Meanwhile, on a clean working surface, stretch out the dough gently with a rolling pin (do not have to become flat and thin). Cut sections evenly and dump them into the boiling broth (like dumplings). Cook in the boiling broth, uncovered for 40 minutes.

Variation for broth: Add 1 stalk celery chopped.

Variation for Meat Substitute:

Prepare the Basic Recipe given above, but add to the dough 1 boiled potato, mashed or, 1 cup potato flakes.

Substitution for the broth:
3 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
2 celery stalks
3 cloves garlic
1 onion halved
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 plum tomato, seeded and halved
2 teaspoon chopped chives or green onions
1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil

Proceed as for Basic Recipe above. Once the meat substitute is cooked you can use it as you would use any meat substitute from a can or package.

Another substitute for the broth would be:
1 bay leaf
2 celery stalks
3 cloves garlic
1 onion halved
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 plum tomato, seeded and halved

Proceed as indicated above.

Enjoy!

P.S. You will, no doubt find other broth variations you might like. Experiment a little.

Serves: 6 to 8