We are feeling the full effects of the $50 week grocery budget. Last night we dug through couch cushions for change to go get something to drink because we refused to touch the $50 set aside for next week. For the most part we have been great about making meals ahead of time and sticking to the menu plan, but we did run out of bread and peanut butter, which puts us in a jam for my daughter’s lunch at school.
I whipped up a couple loaves of bread, but what to put on them? Seitan, of course. Most carnivores have never heard of seitan, but it is a meat replacement made out of wheat gluten. It has a fairly meat-y texture. I can’t really explain the flavor. It does have a pretty intense wheat flavor, but with seasoning it is a really tasty faux meat.
I try to keep a loaf of this on hand every week because it is so versatile. I can slice it thin and put it on sandwiches, I can cube it up and throw it in a stir fry, or I can top it with gravy and serve it as a roast. One of my family’s absolute favorite meals is marinated seitan sandwiches. I will post the recipe for these soon.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
- Mix water, olive oil and soy sauce then add nutritional yeast, salt, sage, and thyme and mix well. Slowly add vital wheat gluten and incorporate. Knead together with your hands. Form into a loaf and wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Steam loaf for 60 minutes, then transfer to a 350° oven for 30 minutes. Cool before slicing.
Have you ever tried seitan? Let me know in the comments!