Orange Seitan

Seitan, also called “wheat meat” is a popular meat substitute because it looks similar to meat and has a texture like meat. Seitan is high in protein, making it a popular protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Seitan can be prepared by hand using either whole wheat flour or vital wheat gluten and is made by rinsing away the starch in the wheat, leaving a high-protein gluten behind. Seitan is used in products such as Morningstar Farms, LightLife, Gardein and Tofurkey.

Vital Wheat Gluten can be found in most natural food stores or ordered online. Making seitan from vital wheat gluten is easy!

*Makes 1 pound

Ingredients:

1 c. vital wheat gluten flour

3 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes

1/2 c. cold vegetable broth

1/4 c. soy sauce or Bragg’s

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, diced finely

Broth ingredients:

4 c. vegetable broth

4 c. water

1/4 c. soy sauce or Bragg’s

Directions:

  1. Fill a large pot with the broth ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Mix together the gluten and yeast. Add additional spices if desired.  In another bowl, mix together the broth, soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic.

  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Knead until it’s an elastic dough.

  4. Divide into 3 pieces and knead each of those pieces.

  5. Once the broth has begun to boil, lower the heat to simmer. Add the 3 pieces and partially cover so that steam can escape.

  6. Let simmer for 45 minutes, turning occasionally.

  7. Turn the heat off and take the lid off. Let sit for 15 minutes.

  8. Remove from broth and place in a strainer until it’s cool enough to handle.

  9. Keep the broth for another recipe!

To make Orange Seitan:

  1. Slice the seitan into strips.
  2. Saute in a little bit of coconut oil until brown and crispy on both sides.

  1. In a saucepan mix together 1/2 c. orange juice, a splash of soy sauce or Bragg’s, pinch of ginger, 1 tbsp. agave, 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Bring to a boil then simmer. In a small dish mix together 2 tsp. of cornstarch and just enough water so that the cornstarch is thoroughly blended. Pour the mixture into the sauce. Stir constantly until it thickens to your liking.
  • Pour the sauce over the seitan and stir until all pieces are coated. Add chopped green onions, cranberries, and cashews if desired.

  • Enjoy!

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    *Information from vegetarian.about.com

    *Seitan recipe from www.theppk.com

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