Spinach Souffle & a Side Salad Recipe!

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Was anybody else a huge fan of Calvin & Hobbes when they were younger?  If you were as into it as I was–and still am!–you’ll remember the unidentifiable green slop that Calvin’s mother served on a regular basis.  Sometimes Calvin’s dad would make up a weird story about what it was in order to get Calvin to eat it, sometimes it would sing, and I’m pretty sure it chased Calvin around and tried to eat him at least once.

uncooked vegan spinach souffle

This spinach souffle didn’t do any of those things (thank goodness!), but it certainly put me in mind of that green stuff at first.  If it had started singing and reciting Shakespeare plays, of course, it wouldn’t have been vegan and I wouldn’t have been able to eat it.  Which would really have been a shame, because it was a lot more appetizing than first impressions would lead you to think.

I’d never made a souffle before, nor had my mom.  Since neither of us had a reference point from which to judge this one, I can’t really say whether or not it came out the way it was “supposed to.”  It was, however, quite tasty and fluffy.  Tofu and spinach made up the majority of it, with a little onion and garlic to round it out and flour to bind it.  Initial reading of the recipe didn’t give me a good picture in my head of what it was going to look like when it was ready to bake, hence my surprise at finding Calvin-and-Hobbes-style green goop in the pan when I was done.

spinach souffle served

Not only did this taste good, it smelled remarkably like eggs.  I’m not a person who needs veganized dishes to exactly resemble their non-vegan counterparts; actually, that can be a bit disconcerting if the result is too much like an omni dish.  But with this souffle, it was fine.  The outside was firm, the inside was soft and fluffy, and the whole thing had a pleasant flavor with overtones of spinach that my mom and I both enjoyed.  It was remarkably complex for such a simple recipe, and tasted similar to something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on.  All it needed was a side salad to make a full meal, so I threw together a quickie chopped tomato dish while the souffle was cooking.

Chopped Tomato Salad With Corn
serves 2

chopped tomato salad with corn

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 small carrot, sliced into half-moons
1-2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup organic vegan croutons, optional

Directions
1) Combine all ingredients except croutons in a medium bowl.  Mix well.  Top with croutons (if using) and refrigerate until ready to serve.

About The Author

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read, play silly card games and knit socks.

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1 comment for “Spinach Souffle & a Side Salad Recipe!

  1. Gena@choosingraw.com'
    01/05/2012 at 7:41 AM

    This is a very brilliant recipe. I love it!

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