I’m just started a new job, which means I spend time with a lot of new people who are curious about my vegan diet. One thing I’ve been asked a lot is “what was the hardest food to give up” or “what do you miss the most”.
The straight up answer: I missed cheese the most, though I’m over that now that I’ve discovered many great commercial brands and make my own cheeses too. I missed bacon a lot, but that’s over too thanks to rice paper bacon and an even deeper love for the living pigs I’ve met.
But sometimes I just want something meaty, chewy and barbecue-y. Thanks to “wheat meat” or what’s properly called vital wheat gluten, I can have BBQ ribs in a jiffy that satisfy my cravings and harm no one.
Wheat meat is better known as seitan (pronounced say-tan) and like its almost namesake, it’s a tempter.
Seitan is for you if you want to eat something that’s ridiculously easy to make, inexpensive, super nutritious and versatile. That would be everyone I hope.
Seitan is also for you if you just get a kick out of saying “hail seitan” like I do.
Seitan is NOT for you, if you have any gluten issues. Seitan is gluten.
This recipe is from BOSH!
1 cup vital wheat flour (also called vital wheat gluten or 80% wheat protein flour)
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp soya sauce
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp liquid smoke
½ tsp ground pepper
¾ cup vegetable stock
½ cup of your favourite barbecue sauce (homemade or bottled). Check the ingredient list to make sure the sauce is vegan, but it probably is.
More barbecue sauce for dipping.
Heat your oven to 350F.
Grease a small cookie sheet or baking dish.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you have a fist-sized, springy dough ball.
Using your hands, spread the dough out on a greased cookie sheet or in a baking dish so that you have a rectangle that’s about 9”x 4”.
Bake for 20 minutes then remove from the oven and spread the ½ cup barbecue sauce over the now puffed and ridiculous looking seitan (the exuberance of the seitan’s rising and springiness make me laugh). Bake for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cut into “ribs”.
That’s it. So easy. Enjoy!