Foodies (and other top-hatted, monocled, highbrow goons and goofusses), don’t like processed food, distrust “food products,” and look down on Taco Bell consumers (“I say! Look at those mindless sheeple at the local purveyor of Industrialized American-Mexican fare!”). I kind of like food and want to make choices that indicate my mindfulness of the effects of my consumption and my love for the planet (I love it but I’m not… in love with it), so I continue my journey to find simple, delicious substitutes for meat. The implication of the term “substitute” is that it can’t stand by itself or is in some ways a lesser option, but the reason I use this terminology is because a plate should have a protein, and the protein of choice in a traditional Western diet is meat. So I seek another way.
My hope is to help encourage a “non-soy-based, non-heavily-processed, local-focused veg diet, [which] is the definition of low impact.”
So when I’m at the grocery store and I see something labeled “wheat-meat” and is supposedly both “mock duck” and “mock pork” simultaneously, I was immediately intrigued (like characters in Dracula, both entranced/repelled). I imagine that this is some kind of vegetarian frankenproduct, but it turns out that’s really not the case if you make it yourself.
Though it appears to be a highly processed mock-food, seitan (pronounced SAY-TAN), actually only contains two ingredients: vital gluten flour and water. Seitan is basically high-gluten boiled bread; it’s obviously not gluten-free. If you don’t feel like spending time locating vital gluten flour (which you can pick up at any health food store and at some supermarket organic sections) or if you don’t want to make this recipe for whatever reason, you can find commercial seitan in Asian/international markets or in health food stores (but the mark-up on seitan is incredibly high: 12 oz of seitan will run you about $4.00 (and that was at Kroger)–however, making it only costs about a buck a pound).
But don’t waste your money! Don’t eat something out of a can you can’t read! Make seitan yourself! I’ve been improving this recipe for awhile and have worked out the kinks. You won’t have to sell your soul for this meat substitute (har, har, har).
Invite SEITAN into your household in SIX simple steps!