Vegan Seitan Loaf: A Vegan Pantry Staple

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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.

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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.

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Seitan Loaf
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1322 calories
58 g
0 g
22 g
233 g
3 g
609 g
2498 g
1 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
609g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1322
Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
33%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2498mg
104%
Total Carbohydrates 58g
19%
Dietary Fiber 12g
48%
Sugars 1g
Protein 233g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
45%
Iron
97%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  4. 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp dried sage
  7. 1/2 tsp thyme
  8. 1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
Instructions
  1. 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.
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22g
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Vital wheat gluten is actually pretty easy to find in the grocery store, but if not you can always order it from Amazon. It seems a little spend every time I work it into my budget, but its definitely cheaper than meat.

Have you ever tried seitan? Let me know in the comments!

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