She made fried squash, fried okra, mashed potatoes, fried corn, cucumber-tomato salad, and chicken & dumplins. She made vegan dumplins for me and a meat version for everyone else. Check out the bottom of this post for her vegan dumplins recipe!
Plus, there were brown beans and cornbread.
And, of course, cherry cobbler for dessert.
Nothing beats a Southern fried supper, especially when it's prepared by my mama. I haven't had fried squash or fried okra in at least a year. I just don't fry foods at home very often, and besides, my mama does it better anyway. I'd rather just let her feed me those things.
After dinner, we took a family photo with the grandmas and aunts.
I had the leftover dumplins for lunch yesterday. So perfect with a side salad.
Someone on Facebook asked my mama for her vegan dumplins recipe, and she posted it in a comment. So I'm sharing here with y'all! She makes perfect dumplins. They're not sticky or gooey like some dumplins tend to be. She uses Gardein for the chicken. The Gardein scallopini could work well here, but they're a little harder to find these days, so she went with the Gardein Mandarin Chicken but just didn't use the mandarin sauce that comes with it. She doesn't specify how much chicken to use, but I'd say just chop up as much as you think you want!
Mama's Vegan Chicken & Dumplins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. Earth Balance butter
3/4 cup soy milk
1 1/2 qts. vegetable broth (plus 2 Tbsp. Earth Balance added to the boiling broth)
Vegan Chicken (I used Gardein mandarin orange chicken without the sauce)
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork. Stir in the soy milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball.
Bring the broth to a boil in a Dutch oven pan (or a big pot) on top of the stove. Roll out the dumplings on a floured board. Roll thin. Cut in to strips and then squares.
Drop in the hot broth, stirring while you add them. Add vegan chicken. Cook them for about 15 minutes in boiling broth. Turn broth down to a slower simmer until done, about 20 to 30 more minutes.