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This post here today is more of a trick than a real recipe, but I figured that's okay since we are in the month of all things trick or treat! And I suppose my tofu stuffed ravioli made with store bought wontons are both an easy kitchen trick as well as a treat. You can use whatever greens and mushrooms you like in this recipe. I used garlic sautéed collard greens and Marx Foods' dry trumpet mushrooms, which resulted in a delicious lunch. You can use sautéed spinach for an even faster homemade ravioli!
Almost Vegan Ravioli-Serves 4
1/2 Block Extra Firm, Organic Tofu (drained)
1/2 Tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
4-5 Drops Toasted Sesame Oil
Handful of Dry Trumpet Mushrooms*
Hand full of Garlic Sautéed Collards
Pinch of Cumin
Pack of wontons
Your favorite sauce
*Marx Foods Dry Trumpet Mushrooms!
Bring about 1 1/2 Cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, pour over your dry trumpet mushrooms and allow to soak for at least 15 minutes.
Take about 8 collard green leaves and peel them away from the inner stem. Slice them however you please for cooking. In a pan, place 1 Tbsp. of organic butter or Earth Balance. Bring the pan to medium heat and saute 1 1/2 Tbsp. Garlic for about 30 seconds. Add the collards and allow to cook while intermittently turning for about 2-3 minutes. Then add 2/3 cup of low sodium Vegetable Broth and allow to simmer for 7-8 minutes. Cool and then take your handful for the mix above chopping it again. Save the rest to serve on the side or at a later time!
Note: if you prefer a quick green, just sauté some spinach in butter or olive oil with garlic-no broth is necessary. The spinach will be done within a minute!
In a bowl, place your drained and squeezed tofu, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, cumin and chopped collards. Once the mushroom are soaked, dry and chop them-place in the bowl too. Mix and set aside. Take about 3 Tbsp. of water and mix it with a tsp. of corn starch in a ramekin. This will be used to seal your wontons with a kitchen brush. Now, lay out half of the wontons. One by one, place about 1/2-3/4 Tbsp. of mix in the middle of each one. Paint the sides of the bottom wonton and place another on top ensuring air is not trapped inside and that the sides are sealed. Continue this process till all wontons are used.
Once done, immediately boil your wonton raviolis in a pasta pot for about 1 minute or till they look properly cooked. You can't use the 'float rule' for ravioli in this application, as they float immediately. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon or spatula placing the wontons on a plate. Top with your favorite sauce. I used Whole Foods 365 Brand Red Pepper Sauce!
p.s. this is almost vegan, as the wontons I used are vegetarian!