SEITAN– I still do not pronounce it right lol!
“Say-Tan” – listen for yourself here. It’ also called wheat meat, vegetarian white meat and also gluten. It’s made from wheat gluten.. the main protein in wheat, thereby making it high in protein itself.
|I have cooked with seitan before and ordered it in restaurants but i was truly inspired and determined to make it FROM SCRATCH after watching Honey LaBronx: Vegan Drag Queen Cooking Show on YouTube.
Did you watch it?– love her!
So this is the second most procrastinated recipe that I have been wanting to do (second to yesterday’s sourdough bread)
The ingredients are crazy easy- go to the health food store and buy vital wheat gluten; after that, if you keep a stocked kitchen- you should be good to go!
I may have spun off the original recipe but you will get the idea once you begin.
Ingredients for the wheat gluten:
Vital wheat gluten – looks like flour (3 1/2 cups)
Nutritional yeast (2T)
Spices (3T) -like cumin, turmeric; onion, ginger and/ or garlic powder etc.
Scallions or chopped onions (1/2 cup)
Ginger –3t finely chopped
Tamari (1/4 cup-ish) recipes vary
Vegetable broth (2 1/2 cups)
Ingredients for the broth:
(measurements can vary here too)
I used about 5 cups of vegetable broth and some water too.
1/4 cup tamari- salt city yes!
Ginger for flavor
Kombu- one piece to add minerals, alkalinize etc.
Focus on the wheat gluten first:
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ones in the other. Once those two mix- look out- it’s like an “arms” workout built right into your cooking. It toughens up so quick- then you have to mold it, stretch it, knead it- lol- it’s not easy! Try to get it into the shape you want: cutlets, strips, chances- good luck! I did the best I could!
Next- the broth: this is simple- just bring the ingredients to a boil. Some recipes drop in the gluten before the boil and some after. It really bulks up with the cooking. It reminded me of the movie:
THE BLOB– lol; not good since I had nightmares for a whole year from reruns of that movie when I was a little kid. When you pull the lid off the seitan boiling- that’s exactly what it looks like!
If it looks and tastes rubbery- you made it right ( I think!).
So why do people eat this?
I do for the protein- it’s about 16 grams per 3.5 oz serving! It contains vitamins and minerals and if you want to compare it to meat- there is no saturated fat or cholesterol. It’s lower in calories too! According to LIVESTRONG, it is also a good source of iron at 3.6 mg per 4 oz serving. (Adult women generally need about 18 mg).
You can make nice meat alternatives with this but be careful of the sauces. Sauces are sometimes loaded with sodium and sugar and extra calories. You definitely need something to soak into the seitan. It will take the flavor of whatever you are cooking. I will make a few things- check tomorrow’s blog and the next day!
Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Monday April 23rd 2012 blog]