Celebrate the greenest saint with your vegetarian or vegan friends, or just reduce your energy consumption, and still enjoy delicious St. Patrick's Day fare. Here's a recipe for vegan corned beef and cabbage, courtesy of Susan Voison and her Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. It's surprisingly low in calories! To go along with it, check out Voison's recipes for roasted potatoes and Irish soda bread.
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1/2 head cabbage, finely chopped or shredded
4 carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths and quartered
2 ribs celery, thickly sliced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon mild horseradish
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
6-8 ounces vegetarian "beef" or seitan or reconstituted TVP chunks
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon red wine or cooking sherry
1. Sauté the onion in a large, non-stick pot until it starts to brown. Add the remaining vegetables, the broth, and the seasonings. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
2. Add the "beef," cover, and cook for 15 more minutes, until vegetables are soft.
3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables and "beef" to a serving plate and keep warm. Return the broth to the heat. In a small cup, combine the flour, water and wine. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the simmering broth. Cook and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the broth has thickened, about 10 minutes. Pour the gravy over the "beef" and vegetables to serve.
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