Tofu, Tempeh, and Seitan
Dense and chewy seitan — cooked wheat gluten — is almost pure protein. Clearly, though, seitan is not for anyone with gluten sensitivity. Store-bought seitan usually comes in 8-ounce packages or 16-ounce tubs, or you can make Homemade Seitan with the recipe on this site. It’s a hearty plant-based protein with an almost meaty texture. Here are 6 of our favorite ways to use this versatile food. Seitan Gyros is a kinder, gentler version of the Greek meat-on-a-pita classic. Seitan makes a superb stand-in, and the shortcut creamy cucumber dressing gives the entire enterprise a refreshing zip. more→
Frying tempeh in red palm oil gives it a rich flavor and meaty texture. You can use coconut oil or sesame oil and swap other seasonal vegetables for infinite tasty variations. In this recipe I used mirin, a sweet rice cooking wine, feel free to use another cooking wine or water. Serve this stir fry on top of rice and with a side of fresh pineapple for a fine meal. Copyright © 2013 Leslie Cerier. Photo by Tracey Eller.
A veganized version of huevos (eggs) rancheros, this dish of tofu prepared with Southwestern flavors and nestled on corn tortillas, makes a nice brunch or light dinner dish. Serve with a simple potato or bean dish (shown here with Beer-Stewed Pinto Beans) and a platter of sliced avocado and oranges for a complete meal. more→
This stir-fry is inspired by General Tso’s Tofu, but dispenses with the cornstarch-battered, deep-fried tofu. I’ve tried it that way and find this version, with pan-sautéed tofu, plenty of broccoli, and a savory, sweet, and spicy sauce even more appealing. It’s easy and fast, too. more→
Thinly sliced seitan absorbs the flavor of the rich mushroom sauce in these German “hunter’s cutlets.” You can use any kind of mushrooms you like, but I prefer using a variety of different kinds to add interest and flavor dimension to the dish. Recipe from Vegan Without Borders* by Robin Robertson/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC ©2014, reprinted by permission. Photos by Sara Remington.
This meal is perfect for those times you open up the fridge and the selection looks sparse. All you’ve got is a package of tofu and an abundance of condiments. The recipe may seem simple, but that’s exactly why it’s here. Every now and then you have to hit the easy button, and for a simple staple like this, you shouldn’t try and over-think it. If you have a package of tofu and you don’t want it to go bad, this will solve that problem and give you leftovers. (From The Lusty Vegan* © 2014 by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg. Used by permission, Vegan Heritage Press.) more→
Here’s a colorful, tasty tofu scramble with plenty of healthy spinach or arugula and red bell peppers that’s festive enough for a company brunch (double the recipe in that case), but simple enough to make for a weekend meal for you and yours. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→
Here’s an enticing way to showcase tofu with colorful peppers in a stovetop sauté. It’s a good summer main dish when you want dinner on the table quickly. Serve with a simple cooked grain or potato dish and a big fresh salad. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Here’s the Chinese restaurant classic, peppersteak, in a hearty, “beefy” vegan version using seitan in place of the real thing. It’s better this way! I enjoy this served with noodles, but serve with brown rice, or even just on its own, if you prefer. To complete the meal, serve with steamed broccoli, and a simple slaw or a platter of raw veggies. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Tempeh, portobello mushrooms, and miso contribute a “meaty” heartiness to this dish, and balsamic vinegar provides a bit of tang. Serve this sumptuous stew-like sauce over a cooked grain—a mixture of long-grain rice with kasha or wild rice is one of my favorites—or on pasta. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney, from Stir Crazy!* Reprinted by Permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
I believe that an all veggie stuffed pepper recipes are a great opportunity to get creative. Since this recipe uses fresh, vibrant, and robust flavors, the ingredient list is simple and grain-, gluten-, and dairy-free! Standard stuffed peppers recipes often contain rice, cheese, and bread crumbs, but this recipe does not. I challenge you to make this recipe once and you will see that the “stuffed pepper standard” need not apply! Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot, from JarOHoney.
Tempeh is a great source of protein, traditionally made in Indonesia by fermenting cooked soybeans and moulding into a patty. Serve this satay with your favorite grain. Reprinted with permission from There’s a Vegan in the Kitchen: Viva la Vegan’s Easy and Tasty Plant-Based Recipes* by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva la Vegan! copyright © 2014. Published by Epicentre Equilibrium.