Seitan

I made seitan today for the first time. I was a little apprehensive about it since I read how difficult it can be. One of the things I did to make the process easier was to purchase a bag of wheat gluten. As I read recipe on this website, http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/homemade-seitan/, I discovered that I also needed nutritional yeast (I had no idea what that was until I “googled” it).

Per instructions on the website,  I combined all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and then I added the liquid—vegetable broth and some soy sauce.

I mix everything with a large spoon and noticed there were dry spots so I added a little more broth. I kneaded it for a couple minutes then separated the batch. I should mention that I doubled the ingredients because I didn’t think two cups of wheat gluten would be enough—I was wrong.

The rounded portions of dough were placed in a pan of vegetable broth and pre-made pot roast sauce.

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I was supposed to wait until the liquid had boiled before adding the dough, but I didn’t think it would be a problem. Once the contents of the pan were boiling, I lowered the temperature and waited for the dough to cook, turning it over periodically for an hour.

After cooling it down for about 15 minutes, I sliced some of the cooked dough and added it to the gravy I made. Surprisingly, it looked like meat.

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Although the texture was a little like an overcooked roast and it didn’t really taste like meat, it was still good. As long as I told myself that this wasn’t meat and not to expect it to taste like meat then the seitan was tolerable and almost enjoyable.

I think I’ll make it again, but this time I won’t cook it in the pre-made pot roast sauce, and I’ll try kneading it a little more.

Copyright © 2016 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Day Two of being meatless

I am really trying to remain meatless. My stomach can’t handle meat anymore so it makes sense to stop eating it. Today I contacted a few people to get rid of the turkeys we have in the freezer. I had planned on roasting one for Christmas, but now I guess we will have to eat something else. I love the taste of roast turkey and I will miss eating it this year. I am a little sad about that.

I ate leftovers today. It was alright but I noticed that I got hungry faster. I ate at lunch time but started to get hungry at 2 or 3:00 pm. I ate an apple. A couple hours after that I wanted to eat more. I hope I’m not eating too much. I can’t seem to gauge the right amount of food to eat now that I’m eating nothing but vegetables. I hope I figure it out soon.

First day of being meatless

A few months ago I stopped eating meats, but after 23 days I started to feel drained. I thought it was because I didn’t have enough protein so I started to eat meat again. The whole time I was off meat I didn’t have any stomach problems, but after eating meats I had to start taking my medications again.

Yesterday, after watching “Forks Over Knives” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1567233/), I decided to go meatless again. Last night, after eating a dinner of nothing but rice and great tasting vegetables, I was able to sleep without taking any medication. It was great to sleep without any issues.