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Scrumptious Seitan!
Seitan was one of the first foods that I seriously loved as a vegan. What other meat analogue is as savory, chewy, and, well, meaty? Seitan is the perfect addition to most any dish (except for a chocolate cake but you know) and is surprisingly easy to make. If you're nervous about experimenting with it, don't be. We have a million variations on VegWeb. I've listed a few of my favorites below but definitely check out our entire seitan section and get going! Before you know it, you'll be whipping up vegan pot roasts and "chicken" nuggets that will blow even the most skeptical meat mouth out of the water. And if not? More for you! It's win/win!

Check out some of the recipes that I'm lovin' right now:

  • Seitan Cooking School
  • The Fluffiest, Juiciest Seitan Steaks Ever
  • Sesame UnChicken Fingers with Spicy Mustard Dip
  • Seitan 'n' Mustard, Swiss Chard Wrap
  • Kale and Seitan
  • Sweet & Sour Seitan
  • Barbequed Seitan

  • Need more recipes? Head to VegWeb for more than 15,000 vegan recipes at the ready. Get cookin'!

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    Each week, I ask the Superstar VegWebber thread if they like tofu, tempeh, or seitan more. It always surprises me when anyone answers differently than seitan because I love it so much. I love it so much that I wrote it a love poem (I won't share now as that's just embarrassing). I love it so much that I own a t-shirt that says, "Praise Seitan." I love it so much that if you're coming over to dinner at my house and you don't like it, you won't be coming to dinner at my house, you dig? Point is, I love me some seitan and this might be my favorite way to make it. I use a slow cooker because it's soooo easy and you just set it and forget it! Well, until your apartment fills with the savory smells of seitan and you sit down to a proper feast. Ahh, life with seitain is a many splendid thing. No, that isn't part of my poem.

    What You Need:

    2 cups vital wheat gluten
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    9-1/4 cups faux chicken stock (vegetable stock or water work fine too)
    3 tablespoons soy sauce

    What You Do:

    1. n a large bowl, mix vital wheat gluten, garlic powder, and onion powder. Next, stir in 1-1/4 cups of faux-chicken stock and soy sauce and continue to stir. When it forms a stiff dough, knead for 10 to 15 times. Let dough rest for 10 minutes, then knead for 5 minutes more. Let it rest another 15 minutes. Cut dough into slices (or "steaks").

    2. Oil or spray the inside of a slow-cooker or pot, and pour in remaining faux-chicken stock. Place the slices of dough in the cooker, making sure they have enough room float without touching. Cover tightly and simmer on low (180 to 200 degrees) for 6 to 8 hours.

    Each week, we highlight a member of the VegWeb community who goes above and beyond to make VegWeb a truly excellent place to spend time on the internet.

    This week, meet "laurenlovesgoodies!"

    VegWebber since? December 2006.

    What do you do when you're not on VegWeb? Play with Bella (She really does take up a lot of my time)! I also bake, read, and run... not necessarily in that order.

    Favorite VegWeb recipe to make for non-vegans? Good & Spicy Chili and Cathie's Southern-Style Cornbread. I up the amount of jalapeño though!

    #1 cooking secret/tip? Just go with it... I cook by smell and alter recipes all the time. And never apologize for your food! If people don't like it, they can make their own.

    Ice cream or French fries? Ice cream! Hands down, any day of the week.

    Read laurenlovesgoodies's entire interview and tell her how awesome she is in the Superstar VegWebber thread!

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    Good luck!

    Peace in your kitchen,

    Webmistress Laura
    San Francisco, CA

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