Monday, September 7, 2015

Tofu and Spinach Stuffed Shells (vegetariantimes.com)







Day7: Make something inspired by a book or film.

Best movie ever - Godfather II. Admit it. It's the best.
Best quote ever - "Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Wednesday." Boom! Car explodes and Michael's heart is broken forever. Isn't  this the turning point for poor Michael Corleone? His heart gets pretty hard and who can blame him. Hero or villain? That's a tough call.

And I love when Michael gets a cooking lesson from Clemenza. As if he has time to make Sunday Gravy for 20 guys. Michael has other things on his mind. Seriously.



Anyway, I could watch the Godfathers all day. And I could eat pasta all day. And if you're cooking Sunday Gravy the vegan way, here's your recipe.


This one is good enough for company, even Michael Corleone and Clemenza.


18 jumbo pasta shells - cooked according to package directions. Drain them, rinse them and set them aside to cool and dry a bit.

12 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 C olive oil (or less to taste)
Gently heat the garlic and olive oil and allow to simmer, slowly and gently for about 15 minutes. Do not brown the garlic.

1 16 ounce block of firm tofu, rinsed, drained and dried.
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 t lemon juice
2 t white miso
Crumble the tofu into the bowl of a food processor. Add the olive oil, the vinegar, lemon juice and miso. Blend.

Wilt 6 cups spinach (or however much you want - I like lots more) in a bit of water over medium heat. Cool and drain and squeeze out as much water as you can. Add gently  to tofu mixture.

Spoon about 2 T filling into each shell. Smother in a high quality marinara sauce.

Sprinkle chopped green and black olives over. Bake about 45 minutes till bubbly.








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