Seitan recipe for a healthy vegetarian alternative to red meat.
You can use this seitan recipe as a substitute for ground beef and even veggie hot dogs.
So, Mexican food has always been one of my favorite types of food. The challenge I face is how to make it vegetarian and how to make it healthier than what you buy in the grocery store. A lot of the packaged food I find at the grocery tends to have many ingredients that are chemicals. Part of trying to eat less meat and more vegetables is to try and be healthier, so I am not looking to put chemicals into my body. And, while there are a lot of meatless options with beans being a staple in dishes, I wanted to replicate the dishes with a homemade veggie meat for a more authentic taste.
From the tortillas and tacos, the sour cream and cheeses and even to a certain degree the avocado, there are lots of extra toppings to Mexican food that can make it too fattening or too caloric.
Seitan Recipe Wet Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
- 4 – 5 cloves of roasted garlic diced (I make up large batches and have them on hand for a lot of my dishes!). You can also use 4-5 garlic cloves, grated
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten. I use Bob’s Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup of large oats
- 2-3 teaspoons seasoning. It is best for you to add the flavors you like the most. I added paprika, onion powder, sage and fresh basil from the garden diced.
- 1 teaspoon Montreal steak spice (some people prefer to use 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke. If you substitute the steak spice for liquid smoke, remove one teaspoon of vegetable broth and add a teaspoon of salt.)
- smashed cloves of garlic, optional
Directions to Cook Seitan
- Set the oven to 400
- Put all the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Then in another bowl do the same with the dry ingredients
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry bowl and need together
- On a baking sheet with parchment paper, place chunks of the mixture in the shape you desire (meatballs, hot dog shaped, whatever you want)
- Cook for about 15 minutes then flip the seitan and cook for another 15 minutes or so
Now, it is up to you. You can rip up the seitan into little pieces (or put them in a food processor) to break it up. For more of a ground beef consistency or if you made meatless meatballs, you can add the seitan directly to your recipe.
Often, we will even just eat them as is for a quick helping of high-protein food.