Not Just Tofu

Article: Vegetarian Goodwill

In Editorial, Recipe on December 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Happy Holidays Not Just Tofu Family!!! This year I was honored to be a part of the Holiday Dinner hosted by the Community SDA Church of Englewood, NJ.  Last year was the first year that the church had opened its doors to host a dinner for families of the community and distribute gifts to the kids.  The kicker is that the meal is vegetarian.  Due to the health beliefs of the church, they don’t serve meat.  The committee was weary, wondering if the non-vegetarian families would enjoy a meal without their usual turkey or ham,  To our surprise, they enjoyed the meal and even took some home. 

What did we serve?  The meal was started with 2 soups: homemade roast pepper bisque and winter harvest soup.  As for the main meal, baked Worthington Meatless Smoked Turkey Roll was the protein.  The trick to making Turkey Roll  enjoyable is to slice it, season it and make a great gravy to bake it in.   We served very well cooked familiar foods which included, black beans and rice, West Indian rice and peas, candied yams with pineapple, baked macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, corn and salad.  I mean it was a feast that herbivores and carnivores could enjoy. 

Falcon Pathfinder Club

What I enjoyed even more were the kids that came to help serve the meal.  The Falcon Pathfinders Club of the church donated hours to help set up, serve and clean up the event.  Without their cooperation, it would have been a lot more difficult to pull off this event.  Another surprise was that the kids enjoyed the meal including the Turkey Roll.  This just goes to prove that people are not opposed to eating a vegetarian.  I think that as long as vegetarian food is prepared well and served tastefully, people can give up meat for one meal. 

I just wanted to say thanks to all the volunteers from the church that helped to make the 2nd annual Holiday Dinner.  As an adult, we sometimes don’t get excited because we give more gifts than we receive.  When it comes to good works, you are giving your time but your gift is the smiling faces and many thanks you get from those that attend.  That is a gift that never gets old.

Recipe: Full Proof Gravy

  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1/2 a medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth

Recipe:

  1. Melt margarine or butter in sauce pan
  2. Add celery, garlic and onion to melted butter
  3. Cook till soft
  4. Dust vegetables with flour and cook for 1 minute
  5. Slowly whisk in vegetable broth
  6. Season broth with seasoning salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, onion and garlic powder.
  7. Let simmer until slightly thickened (if too thick, slowly add more broth)
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