You know that feeling, the in-a-hurry-to-make-dinner-but-are-staring-into-the-pantry-wracking-your-brain-but-drawing-a-blank feeling? I will admit, that gets harder when you’re vegetarian/vegan. Boca Burgers or frozen leftovers normally come to my rescue, but this time — seitan. This turned out much easier and tastier than I would have guessed!
If you haven’t tried it, seitan is isolated, processed wheat protein. So tofu is to soy as seitan is to wheat. While not exactly friendly to the gluten-intolerant, seitan is a great source of soy-free protein with a dense texture that is nearly identical to meat (a good or bad thing, I guess). It’s a little more expensive than tofu or tempeh, but so worth it when it’s on sale!
Gotta love meals that require 5ish ingredients, and less than 10 minutes of your time.
- 1 package seitan
- 1 tbs cooking oil
- 2 tbs chopped onion (optional)
- 2 slices canned pineapple
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (or however much you like!)
- 2 hamburger or hot dog buns (I recommend Alvarado St Sprouted Buns)
In a saute pan, heat the oil and toss in the seitan. Saute until browned, about 5 minutes. (Note: the seitan is precooked, so really you just need to warm it, but I really like the texture and flavor that comes from sauteeing it with oil).
When the seitan is ready, turn off the heat and cover with the barbecue sauce. Stir. Then top a bun with the mixture, sprinkle with diced onion and pineapple, and dinner’s ready!