Monday, August 18, 2008

Midwestern meal

I wanted to make the kind of dinner I grew up eating in Dayton, Ohio -- except veganized and all organic, of course.

So last night's meal was tofu "fish sticks," tater tots and sweet peas.

Tofu "fish" sticks

As soon as Jason took a bite, he began to laugh.

"What's so funny?" I said.

"I don't know how you do it, but these are 100 times better than fish sticks."

They were.

I used this recipe from Vegan Lunchbox. I skipped the step where it said to put all the ingredients for the coating in a blender, since I was already using almond meal and not almond slices. I also had a little bit of trouble finding kelp granules; it turns out they are stocked in the spice section at the health food store, not the seaweed section.

Jason specifically requested sweet peas from a can, so I was finally able to use up that one can of peas that has been lurking in the pantry forever.


jennycestcake said...

Ahhhh, the tater tot! We midwesterners love our tots, don't we?

Fish sticks are the only seafood I've ever had. It's been a long time since I've had them, but I guess I don't share the same affection for them as you! They look great, though, and it's awesome that Jason thought they were better than the real thing!

Maggie said...

I haven't had fishsticks since I was a kid, but I remember loving them.

I can't believe that's the only seafood you've ever had. I used to eat so much seafood, it's a little gross now to think about.

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

I need to make those. I actually loved fish sticks as a kid (*barf*)!

Nikki Douglas said...

I grew up in Akron and Wooster, Ohio (my teens and college there)so I know what you mean about midwestern food. They used to have these potatoes I loved in Wooster ant a little local diner called "broasted" potatoes which I guess means they were roasted and braised. Whatever it was they were delicious. I think faux fishsticks sounds awesome!