Spicy Tofu Balls Recipe

These spicy tofu balls are the perfect vegetarian alternative to meatballs.



From "Alkaline Cleanse"
February 2017

Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr

Preparation Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Yield: 4 servings

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Alkaline Cleanse (Sterling Epicure, 2016) by Natasha Corrett helps readers ditch processed and sugary foods for good! Included are four different cleansing plans from a weekend of juices and smoothies all the way to a 28 day life changing cleanse. All the dishes included avoid acid-causing meats, dairy, wheat and refined sugar. Corrett's goal is to help readers nourish naturally and get rid of toxins in no time! 

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Alkaline Cleanse.

These delicious alternatives to meatballs are perfect for a meat­ free Monday dinner perhaps? Throw in some  gluten-free spaghetti if you fancy a traditional Italian dish. And if you don't want the sauce, these balls are great on their own with a lovely vibrant salad. 

Ingredients:

• 1/2 red onion, grated
• 200g courgette, grated
• 200g carrot, grated
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 150g smoked tofu, grated
• 2 tablespoon brown rice flour
• finely grated zest of 1/2 lime
• a pinch of Himalayan pink salt
• freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce:
• 1 white onion, diced
• 1 teaspoon sunflower oil, plus extra for drizzling
• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 red chili, finely chopped
• 400g tinned tomatoes
• 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
• 120 ml water
• 1 large handful of spinach leaves

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. First make the sauce. Using  an ovenproof frying pan, sauté your onions in the sunflower oil for a couple of minutes until translucent. Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and continue to sauté on a low heat for a further 2 minutes when the air will start to smell wonderfully.
3. Add the chili, both types of tomatoes and the water. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and leave the sauce to reduce and develop a rich flavor - about 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the tofu balls in a bowl. Roll the mixture into little balls (you should get about 12 balls) between your hands and set aside. As you shape the balls, squeeze out any excess moisture.
5. Once the sauce has reduced down. taste and add a pinch of Himalayan salt. if necessary. Pop the spinach in the tomato sauce and stir through until completely wilted.
6. Arrange the tofu balls across the tomato sauce, drizzle with a touch of oil and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the tofu balls are golden brown and the tomato sauce is beautifully thick.

Read more from Alkaline Cleanse:

• Carrot and Lime Soup Recipe
Sweet Potato and Fennel Seed Rosti Recipe
Carrot Noodles with Avocado Dressing Recipe

Reprinted with permission from Alkaline Cleanse by Natasha Corrett and published by Sterling Epicure, 2016. Photos by Lisa Linder.