EATure four: BBQ Seitan

I made this a few weeks ago and didn’t post it because I wasn’t in love. But I figure some may want to try it and who am I to keep it from you? First off i had read about Seitan on a number of Veggie/Vegan blogs and wanted to try it (mostly for Mr. Gaunt who needs his “meat”). So I was at Sunflower Market a few weeks ago and picked up the Seitan (which by the way Mr. Gaunt likes to call Satan) and then I researched around the web to find an easy Seitan recipe. Oh and in case you were wondering what Seitan is exactly:

Wheat gluten, also called seitan (pronounced /ˈseɪtæn/), wheat meat, gluten meat, or simply gluten, is a food made from the gluten of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked before being eaten.”

So back to the recipe here it is:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package prepared seitan, or about 14 oz, cut into strips
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce

Preparation:

Sautee onions in olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes.

Add seitan and cook until just barely golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add barbeque sauce, and stir well. Reduce heat and allow to simmer until sauce has cooked down, about 10-15 more minutes.

Now Mr. Gaunt thought it tasted pretty good. I thought that there wasnt enough BBQ sauce to cover up the mehh taste of the Seitan. I did mine over cabbage and Mr. Gaunt had his on a bun with fingerling potatoes (which are delish!)  I wouldn’t make it again but it was interesting to try!

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Food Review #1 – Morningstar Farms Meal Starters

For my first food review I decided to do….

Morningstar Farms – Meal Starters

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ServeImageThis is a Vegetarian (not vegan) ground beef substitute for tings like spaghetti, chili, and tacos! Tonight we tried it in just basic spaghetti. I added lots of onions and then some regular low fat pasta sauce with whole wheat pasta. They obviously cook  a little different than regular ground beef because its not all fatty and doesn’t secrete its own juices like beef, so watch it so it doesn’t burn. It was a pretty quick cooker, about 10 minutes per instructions. Taste wise its definitely NOT the same as ground beef so dont be shocked, its more bland and less greasy tasting. Mr. Gaunt however thought it was delicious and raved about it, which is good because he is kinda picky about diet like foods. I think personally I would not bother and just do more veggies instead but J loves “meat” and I think he would prefer this as opposed to just veggies. Id really like to add some taco seasoning to it and try that.

The biggest issue I have with these is the price, there almost $7.00 for a smaller package. Over on The WW Chick she did a post on how to make your own out of TVP, and I think if I find a few more recipes that I can use it in I might try it.