I heard there is a sporting event today? All I know is that Madonna will be live in concert tonight and I sure won’t miss that! So I’m going to make seitan fajitas to celebrate The Material Girl.
Last month my friend Christy, The Blissful Chef, wrote a series of pressure cooker posts (be still my beating heart). This one, Pressure-Cooked Seitan, made me swoon! I could not wait to try it. Well, yesterday I did try it and, folks, it’s a game changer. I pulled out my KitchenAid because I wanted to use the dough hook for the kneading — upon later reflection, I realize this step wasn’t necessary in this particular seitan recipe. Christy uses vital wheat gluten which means the gluten has already been separated from the starch. Seitan recipes from scratch (utilizing whole wheat flour) require a series of rinsing steps in which you wash away the starch (like the Candle 79 seitan recipe). So my point here is you don’t need a stand mixer for kneading for this recipe.
I had all of the ingredients on hand so I was able to mix the seitan up in under 10 minutes and then, instead of cooking seitan on the stove top for hours and hours, I pressure cooked it for 30 minutes.
This was so easy and such a time-saver. I really like Christy’s recipe because it tastes great on its own (see above, I simply steamed two pieces with a little broth and then smothered with gravy) but is great for a base seitan for any recipe you may want to use. My only note is that I would use less liquid smoke (or omit it all together, depending upon it’s intended use).
- If you want to make “sausages” for the game tonight I would suggest adding fennel seeds, paprika and red pepper flakes to the recipe and roll up several little sausages from the seitan dough before adding to the pressure cooker.
- I’m going to slice up a few of the cutlets and saute them in Sriracha and taco seasoning for fajitas!
- If you are hard-pressed for time, make the Shredded Apple and Veggie Salad with Goji Berry Dressing recipe I posted yesterday. Simple and tasty!
Enough about food prep for Madonna’s concert, on to the news…
…actually the vegan news I found this week? Mostly SuperBowl and Valentine’s Day-related. I didn’t find it all that interesting, so, instead, I’m going to direct you to a few blog posts I found particularly thought-provoking.
My friend Gena wrote a great piece that tackles lookism, sexism and fear mongering when it comes to a plant-based diet. Her follow-up post was equally compelling. I hope you’ll read both and share your thoughts:
- Nigella Lawson and Gillian McKeith: A Challenge and an Opportunity
- Moving away from Vegan and Raw Food as a Beauty Formula
I think you’ll find Gena’s commentary, and ensuing comments, a fascinating read.
My friend Sarah wrote an interesting post, When You Fast And Your Partner Doesn’t (Or Vice Versa), that I found interesting because I live in a house in which my husband and I do not follow the same diet and, fasting or not, there are points for consideration.
Finally, I will end with the one bit of horrible news I came across on my local TV station yesterday: Diving Horses Raise Concerns in New Jersey I was disgusted. You can sign a petition to try to stop this!
JL goes Vegan
- MONDAY: FAQ #1: Why all the changes post-40? Finally, I attempt to break down the mission and vision of this blog through a series of FAQ posts. The first one felt video worthy, which is why I vlogged it.
- THURSDAY: Black-Eyed Pea and Collard Green Pizza It just made sense to me.
- SATURDAY: Shredded Apple and Veggie Salad with Goji Berry Dressing A lazy Friday night raw dinner.
Stop Chasing Skinny
I kicked off the February series with my own thoughts on Pursuing health, instead of chasing skinny. I will begin posting community member stories on the same topic next week. Are you pursuing health, instead of chasing skinny? Submit today!
Whether your watch football, the Madonna “concert” or skip it all to read a great book, have a marvelous Sunday!