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Vegan Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

If you’re looking for recipes that have non-meat proteins that are comparable in texture and consistency to actual meats, seitan, in my opinion, is the go-to alternative. I’ve tried various ways of cooking seitan from baking to boiling and have found that steaming gives me the best results.

I’m reusing a recipe that I posted awhile back for steamed chicky seitan with some slight modifications. It comes from Isa Does It by Isa Moskowitz which is probably one of my favorite cookbooks. You can find a link to the book above – I highly recommend giving it a look.

Follow the steps in the seitan recipe above. Instead of patties, form the seitan into 2 loaves. Wrap them in foil and steam according to the instructions. I also reduced the amount of sodium in the recipe and didn’t notice a difference in the taste. Let the loaves cool slightly once they’ve finished steaming. They will firm up as they cool and be easier to cut into rounds or strips or whatever shape you desire.

seitan loaf

Pour oil into pan and bring to medium heat. While the pan is heating up, place the cut seitan in a bowl or container and generously coat with cornstarch on all sides. When the pan is ready, move seitan to it and allow slices to cook on each side for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Move to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.

Prepare the sauce while the seitan is cooking by mixing together the liquid aminos, sugar and water. Combine the 2 tablespoons of cold water and cornstarch separately. When the cornstarch is completely incorporated into the water and no lumps remain, add it to the sauce mixture. This will help thicken the sauce at the end.

seitan in cornstarch

pan-fried seitan

Cut a head of broccoli into bite-sized pieces. The amount is entirely up to you. Add broccoli, garlic and ginger to the pan with more oil if necessary and cook for about 5 minutes or until a desired consistency is reached. I like my broccoli crunchy and a little crispy so I keep the heat at medium-high for no more than a few minutes.

vegan Mongolian beef with broccoli

Combine seitan with broccoli, pour in the sauce and stir to incorporate all the components. Remove pan from heat if sauce thickens too fast. Top with green onions, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

vegan Mongolian beef with broccoli

Vegan Mongolian Beef with Broccoli
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Ingredients
  1. Sauce
  2. 2 teaspoons liquid aminos
  3. 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  4. ¼ cup water
  5. 2 tablespoons cold water
  6. 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  7. Vegan Mongolian Beef and Broccoli
  8. 1 batch of steamed seitan
  9. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  10. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  11. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  12. 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  13. 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  14. 2 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
  15. Sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. 1. Make sauce by mixing together liquid aminos, sugar and water. Combine the cold water and cornstarch separately to prevent clumping then combine both.
  2. 2. Prepare a batch of steamed seitan but rather than forming the dough into 4 parties, make 2 loaves and steam according to instructions.
  3. 3. Allows the loaves to cool slightly. They will firm up and be easier to cut. Cut into rounds, strips or whatever shape you desire.
  4. 4. Place seitan in a bowl and coat on all sides with the cornstarch.
  5. 5. Bring oil to medium heat in a pan. Add seitan and cook 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Move to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  6. 6. Pour additional oil to the pan if necessary. Add broccoli, garlic and ginger. Cook for 5 minutes or until broccoli reaches desired consistency.
  7. 7. Add the seitan back into the ban with broccoli. Pour in sauce and stir to incorporate everything together. Allow the sauce to cook down and remove from heat when it reaches the desired thickness.
  8. 8. Top with green onions, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.
Adapted from Connoisseursus Veg
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Sticky Orange Chicky Stir-Fry

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Perhaps my favorite recipe from Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the sticky orange chicky stir-fry. It’s a nice combination of my favorite flavor profiles: sweet, salty, and spicy. It also makes use of the steamed chicky seitan patties that I mentioned last week (click the link above if you need a refresher on how to make the patties). I decided to post about the patties separately because they’re super versatile and don’t need to be limited to this recipe alone, plus I thought they’d be a nice built up to this stir-fry.

Seitan

These are quick to make but I like to save time by making them a day or so beforehand. They also freeze well and will keep for several months in the freezer. Cut the prepared patties into 1/4 inch strips. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil to medium heat. Add in the strips and cook for 5 minutes until they begin to brown. Remove from pan and set aside.  Begin preparing the sauce while the seitan is cooking. Mix together the orange juice, agave nectar, soy sauce, mirin, cornstarch, and orange zest. Make sure the cornstarch is fully dissolved and no lumps remain. Set the sauce aside.

Ingredients

Cut, chop, and mince the remaining ingredients ahead of time. I find that this saves me a great deal of time and stress. In the same frying pan used for the seitan strips, heat the last tablespoon of oil to medium heat. Add in shallots and cook until they begin to brown. Stir in bell peppers and allow them enough time to soften, about 3 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes and continue cooking until they’re fragrant; this shouldn’t take longer than a minute. Mix in the green beans and cook an additional 3 minutes.

orange sticky chicky stir-fry

sticky orange chicky stir-fry

 Pour in sauce and incorporate with vegetables. Continue until sauce begins to bubble and thicken then add strips back to the pan and stir. Once the sauce reaches desired consistency remove from heat. Serve hot with rice and topped with sesame seeds. 

orange sticky chicky seitan

Seitan

Sticky Orange Chicky Stir-Fry
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seed oil, divided
  2. 2 steamed chicky seitan patties, sliced into 1/4-inch segments
  3. 1 cup orange juice
  4. 1/4 cup agave nectar
  5. 3 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
  6. 2 tbsp. mirin
  7. 4 tsp. (1tbsp. + 1 tsp.) cornstarch
  8. 2 tsp. grated orange zest
  9. 1 cup shallots, thinly sliced
  10. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  11. 2 tsp. ginger, minced
  12. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  13. 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  14. 6 oz. frozen or fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  15. sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add the seitan strips and cook for 5 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. 2. While the strips are cooking, mix together orange juice, agave nectar, soy sauce, mirin, cornstarch, and orange zest. Stir until ingredients are well incorporate and cornstarch is completely dissolved. Set aside.
  3. 3. In the same pan used to cook the seitan strips, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until browned. Stir in bell peppers and cook 3 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook until the ginger and garlic are fragrant. Add in green beans and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Pour sauce into frying pan and incorporate into vegetables. Continue cooking until the sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Add the seitan strips back to the frying pan and combine all ingredients with the sauce. Remove from heat. Serve hot with rice.
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Steamed Chicky Seitan

Isa Does It by Isa MoskowitzIsa Does It by Isa Moskowitz is probably one of my favorite vegan cookbooks. It contains a range of recipes from basic necessities to more complex dishes; I highly recommend getting your hands on copy as it’ll be a book that you’ll continually reference.

I’ve tried many different seitan recipes with varying degrees of success. The steamed chicky seitan in this book has become my goto when in need of a realistic fake meat. The texture and consistency create the perfect analog. It’s also highly versatile; cut it into strips, chunks, or whatever size you prefer. 

Seitan

This is a pretty quick, straight-forward recipe to make. Prepare your steamer before mixing any ingredients. While you wait for the water to reach a boil, mash chickpeas thoroughly in a large bowl. Remove the skins if you prefer; I didn’t and it really didn’t make much of a difference to the end result. Mix in broth, olive oil, and soy sauce. Add in vital wheat gluten and remaining dry ingredients. Use your hands to knead into a dough.

Quarter dough and form into 4 to 5 inch wide patties. Wrap each patty in foil. Make sure to not wrap too tightly as they will expand during steaming process. Place patties in steamer, cover, and allow to steam for 40 minutes. The patties will be slightly soft to touch after being removed from the steamer but will become firmer as they cool. Let cool before cutting if you plan on using immediately or store in refrigerator for later use.

Seitan

Steamed Chicky Seitan
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 of a 15 ounce can chickpeas (1 cup), rinsed and drained
  2. 1 cup vegetable broth
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  5. 1-1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
  6. 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  7. 2 teaspoon onion powder
  8. 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  9. 1 teaspoon sage
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. black pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Set up your steamer and bring water to a full boil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mash chickpeas. Mix in broth, olive oil, and soy sauce. Add in remaining ingredients and use hands to knead ingredients into a dough.
  3. 3. Quarter dough and form into 4 to 5 inch wide patties. Wrap each patty in foil but not too tightly as they will expand.
  4. 4. Place each patty in steamer, cover, and steam for 40 minutes. The patties will become firmer as they cool. Cut into any shape desired or keep in refrigerator for up to 5 days until ready to use.
Notes
  1. *The patties also freeze well for several months.
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Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese with BBQ Seitan Riblets

 macaroni and cheese

It’s been raining relentlessly for the last few days. Not a drizzle but a consistent downpour. Doing anything outside is impossible, so I’m stuck keeping myself busy inside until the weather improves and I don’t anticipate that happening anytime soon.

I’ve been craving comfort food. Something warm, rich, and savory that I can eat while wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, binge watching my favorite shows. What’s more comforting and all American than baked macaroni ‘n’ cheese with BBQ riblets?

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Both recipes are pretty quick and easy to make. Prepacked seitan can be found in most grocery stores but I think it’s way overpriced. It can be made at home for a fraction of the cost and you can customize it anyway your heart desires. Seitan is made from vital wheat gluten and can usually be located in the bulk section (I get mine from Fred Meyer) of your grocery store.

seitan riblet

I start with the riblets first so they’re in the oven and done around the same time as the macaroni.  Mix together the dry and wet ingredients separately before combining together. Use your hands and knead ingredients for a few minutes. It will form a very pliable dough. Press into a lightly oiled baking dish and cut into 16 pieces with a sharp knife. It’s not necessary to cut completely through the seitan. A rough score mark will help the pieces separate after being baking.

seitan riblets

The riblets will start to brown and puff up during the first 20 minutes in the oven. Pull them out and generously brush with the BBQ sauce. It’s not necessary to use the full cup of sauce. Return to the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.

macaroni and cheese

Begin preparing the macaroni ‘n’ cheese while the riblets are baking. Boil about 3 cups of noodles according to the directions on the box. Drain and add to a 9×9″ baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients (expect bread crumbs) in a blender. Pour over noodles and top with bread crumbs. Cover and bake for 10 minutes. The riblets will be nearly done at this point. Turn on broiler, uncover, and bake until bread crumbs are brown and crispy – about 5 minutes.

macaroni and cheese

macaroni and cheese

 

Macaroni 'n' Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 lb. macaroni noodles (about 3 cups)
  2. 3/4 cup non dairy milk
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup canola oil
  5. 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  6. 1/6 cup liquid aminos
  7. 1/2 tbsp. paprika
  8. 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  9. 1.5 oz firm tofu
  10. 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  11. 1/2 tsp. salt
  12. Ener-G bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 2. In a blender combined nondairy milk, water, oil, nutritional yeast, liquid aminos, paprika, garlic powder, tofu, mustard and salt until well incorporated. Set aside.
  3. 3. Boil noodles according to packaged. Remove from pan, drain, and transfer to 9x9" baking dish.
  4. 4. Pour sauce over noodles and top with bread crumbs.
  5. 5. Cover pan with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake under broiler for an additional 5 minutes until top begins to brown.
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BBQ Seitan Riblets
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  2. 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  3. 2 tsp. onion powder
  4. 2 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 cup vegetable broth
  6. 1 tbsp. liquid aminos
  7. 2 tbsp. tahini
  8. 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  9. 1 cup BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly coat a 9x9" baking dish with oil.
  2. 2. Mix the dry ingredients together (vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, and onion and garlic powders) in a bowl.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, incorporate wet ingredients (broth, liquid aminos, tahini, liquid smoke).
  4. 4. Add the wet ingredients to dry and mix ingredients together for a few minutes with hands.
  5. 5. A very pliable ball of dough should form. Press it into the baking dish. Use a sharp knife an score into 8 pieces and then again across these strips to form 16 pieces.
  6. 6. Bake for 25 minutes. The riblets will begin to brown and puff up. Remove from oven and brush liberally with BBQ sauce. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Notes
  1. The riblets might be slightly soft if eaten after being removed from the oven. I find that they firm up nicely once they've had time to cool.
Adapted from FatFree Vegan Kitchen
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