Quinoa & Seitan with Red Almond Sauce

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I got pretty lucky with this recipe.  I made it with the scraps I had on hand, and it turned out so great I think it’s worthy of repeating.

Quinoa & Seitan with Red Almond Sauce

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 3-4 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 1/2 –3 cups cooked quinoa (or the yield from 1 – 1 1/4 cups dry quinoa)
  • 1 1/2 cups seitan, cubed

Sauce

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked (2 hours to overnight) and drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1/2 –1 cup water (until you reach desired consistency)

Directions:

Make seitan.  Also known as wheat meat.  If you’ve never tried making this yourself, it’s SOOO easy.  Promise you will love it. 

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I made a very simple seitan to keep the flavor neutral and get things done quickly.  My log seitan recipe works perfectly, but I didn’t want to use additional flours so I just used 1 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and a dash of nutritional yeast & paprika.  Mix until you have a blob that holds together.  Halve it and form into two cylindrical shapes and roll up in foil like tootsie rolls.  Bake for 20 minutes on 375.  Wait for it to cool to slice.*

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This seitan was chewy and neutral, but tasty enough to nibble on plain (try to avoid that).  Chop the wheat meat into cubes.

While the seitan is in the oven, start cooking the quinoa.  I use the rice cooker, so I don’t really have to worry about it while I prep the rest of the stuff. 

Add peas and chopped carrots to a large bowl.

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Add the seitan.

Then the quinoa.

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Next make the sauce. 

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How much water you add, will determine the consistency of the sauce.

I added water until it was just barely able to blend, so it was pretty thick, but a thinner sauce is fine too.  I don’t actually know how much water I ended up using altogether.  Use your own good judgment. 

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Salad meet sauce.

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Oh yeahhhhhh!

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Totally 100% amazing.

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And protein packed!  And vegan! 

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Kyle and I both had seconds and there was still a little bit left over.

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I already want this meal again. 

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*Don’t be scared off by seitan!  Try it!  You’ll be shocked by how simple it is to make and how hard it is to mess up.  The sauce in this recipe is forgiving, too, so if this is your first time working with vital wheat gluten, it’s a good place to start. 

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26 thoughts on “Quinoa & Seitan with Red Almond Sauce

  1. Abby

    I have everything to make the seitan, but have yet attempted it (need to sub out the soy sauce.) Perhaps this weekend I’ll be brave and give it a shot! Your pictures look delicious.

    As for quinoa, I go through phases with it. I like it, but it seems to light at times and I default back to brown rice. Lately though I’ve been obsessed with farro. Throw it in the rice cooker and it’s done!

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      1. Abby

        I just went to our health food store and they don’t have coconut aminos (and I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but whatever.) But I might still attempt it…

        I just made soy free tofu with chickpea flour though and it was good! Go me!

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        1. Elise Post author

          soy free tofu?? whaaaa? explain! (although i really dont tolerate chickpea flour well at all so im not sure its worth me trying). still – go you!

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  2. ethel

    if i become adventurous enough, i’ll make seitan. which btdubs, can you freeze it? do you have to freeze it after it’s cooked or before?

    if i’m not feeling adventurous, i think i may just throw in grilled chix. win. win. =)

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          1. Elise Post author

            those are the essentials.
            the only other things may be muffin pan/mini bread loaf and a smaller pyrex pan (for something like cornbread/brownies).

  3. Courtney

    Seitan is so good and soooo easy to make. Yours sounds really good. But, your sauce recipe is missing nutritional yeast! How can you eat a meal without it?! Haha :-)

    Courtney

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  4. sarah

    Ooh…this looks delicious! It has so many of my favourite things in it!

    Wheat meat is such a gross name. Praise seitan ;-)

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  5. Bern

    Thanks Elise for sharing this recipe. I love the idea of the red almond sauce. I also like the idea of seitan but had to Google it to find out what it was. I am not vegan or vegetarian but am wanting to dabble in this type of eating more and more. Basically I try to follow the Dukan way of eating as much as possible. With the seitan, whilst it is high in protein, would it not also be high in carbs as well, given the amount of flour in it?

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  10. Luu

    Just made this for my carnivore hubby tonight. It was my first crack at homemade seitan and second time making quinoa. It was easy and a hit! Thanks!

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