Baking croissants for the first time

Last night, I went about making seitan (a common meat substitute) so that I could then concoct vegetarian buffalo tenders. Once finished, I tried one and wasn’t impressed — I’ve never even liked real buffalo tenders. Minutes later, the boy came strolling through the door and devoured them all. He then morphed into a terrifying monster professing the glory of seitan.

For a first shot at making seitan, it turned out exquisitely in terms of texture. You can find the recipe for these veggie tenders beneath the cut, but please peruse some of the other concoctions on the menu that I made recently, recipes courtesy of the galactic interweb.


Spicy Vegetarian Buffalo Tenders (made with seitan)

Spicy Vegetarian Buffalo Tenders & Homemade Seitan


Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)


Healthy Coconut Banana Bread

Healthy Coconut Banana Bread

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins *

* I made my own applesauce using this recipe and cut back on the amount of sugar. I also used whole wheat flour and fresh blueberries. Awesome.

Spicy Vegetarian Buffalo Tenders made with Seitan

Spicy Vegetarian Buffalo Tenders (made with seitan)

First, make seitan by combining in a bowl:

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
  • 1 tsp ginger spice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

In a separate bowl, mix together:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 0.75 cup vegetable broth

Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir gently to combine. You may need to use your hands for this, but don’t use an electrical mixer! Gluten will have a rubbery consistency.

Once ingredients are combined, knead seitan 10-15 times. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, uncovered, and then knead a few more times.

Separate seitan into three or four chunks and stretch each piece into a flat cutlet about 0.75 inches thick.

Stir gently in a large stockpot and bring to a slow simmer:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Seitan cutlets
  • 0.5 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning

Cover pot and allow to cook for at least one hour. Remove from broth and allow to cool. Now move on to preparing the spicy buffalo sauce by heating in a skillet over medium-high heat:

  • thin layer of olive oil

Break seitan into smaller, tender-sized cutlets. Sautée in oil until lightly browned:

  • Seitan (there should be just over 1 pound if you used the above recipe)

Once lightly browned, stir in:

  • 0.25 cup hot sauce
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 0.25 cup lime juice
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano spice (optional)

Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer 3-5 minutes.

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