Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day Soul Food

With the blessing of having a day off of both school AND work (!!) I was able to prepare a real meal for a few friends and myself. Some good 'ol soul food was just what we needed, too!
I have been dreaming about the Blueberry Chipotle Barbeque Sauce that I saw on the PPK blog last week, and I just got a package of Soy Curls from my Pangaea order...the combination was just obvious to me! If you haven't made this super sweet and spicy and tangy and smoky sauce that Isa posted, then you must! immediately if not sooner! I'm sure it would go well on anything, like tofu or tempeh, but it went perfectly with the mildly-flavored and chewy-textured Soy Curls! Here they are up close and personal:

Here is the recipe, courtesy of the PPK Blog!
Blueberry Chipotle Barbeque Sauce (makes about 4 cups)
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch chunk of peeled ginger, minced
2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup veggie broth or water
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons chipotle powder
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
Salt to taste

Preheat a sauce pan over medium heat. Saute the onions in the oil for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger, saute for a minute more. Add the blueberries, veggie broth and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the chipotle, molasses and sugar. Lower heat and let simmer for about 45 minutes, until it’s reduced by about half. It should be nice and thick. Adjust sugar and salt if you need to. Turn the heat off and let sit for about 15 minutes before using, stirring occasionally. (from Isa at the PPK blog)

I served the BBQ Soy Curls with some organic steamed kale and Mac'n' Chreese from Road's End Organics...whole wheat macaroni noodles+ nutritional yeast cheezy sauce= love! Herethey are in their lovely box, ready to be cooked:And here's everything all together... a perfect meal! A little taste of Southern-style food really is good for the soul :)


Mihl said...

I must admit I was a bit afraid of that sauce. Blueberries in bbq-sauce, I thought? But now you totally convinced me!

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

Everything looks great! And I love Mac 'n' Chreese. I'm not sure why so many people abhor them. Anything with nutritional yeast...I'm there!

sweeteats said...

yum, comfort food at it's best!