I don’t get it. I really don’t understand.
At a time when I should be loading my body with fresh fruits and vegetables and all the vitamins and minerals that entails, all I want to do is eat two things: hot and sour soup and friend wontons. This has been the meal of choice for me no matter how often I am sick or what ails me. (Yes, I love fried food when I have the stomach flu…)
There’s only one problem… beef (well…when you’re vegan anyway.)
So here’s my solution:
In place of hot and sour soup, I get a big bowl of vegan miso soup and rice noodles. I’ve tried vegan hot and sour soup and quite frankly, it sucks.
Then for all that yummy vegan fried food goodness:
Vegan Egg Rolls
- 1 head of cabbage (the smaller the better unless you are feeding a vegan army.)
- 2 large carrots, peeled
- 1 tablespoon of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
- 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 healthy pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce (if the cabbage if sufficiently large, more would not hurt.)
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 sheet of store bought egg roll wrappers
- Oil for frying
- Remove dry outer leaves of the cabbage. Rinse what is left.
- Because we’re sick, we’re doing this the easy way. Use the veggie shredder of your food processor to turn the cabbage and carrots in to small shreds.
- At this point, depending on crunchy you like your vegetables, you can put the shreds into a skillet with the salt, soy and two tablespoons of olive oil. Saute for about 3-5 minutes until the cabbage has started to wilt and the carrots soften. This is optional.
- Add the spices (and the soy if you have not done so) with the veggie mixture.
- Mix egg and water in a small bowl to form an egg wash for holding the wrapper together.
- Place two tablespoons of veggies to an egg roll wrapper. Straighten the mixture into a line and roll the egg roll like a burrito.
- Fry in hot oil (I like non virgin olive oil) until golden brown.
If you are really stuffy…serve with a sauce made of 1 part low sodium soy to 1.5 parts of sriracha hot sauce (which isn’t technically vegan) or better yet sambal olek. Bring some kleenex.
So that’s what I eat when I am sick, what’s your go-to comfort food when you are sick?