Braised Cabbage and Seitan with Roasted Vegetables

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope everyone had a great holiday.  Ours was…busy.  It always is, and I’ve come to accept that, but it still wears me out!

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to update the blog more.  I love sharing vegan grub with people.  It seems more and more people are looking to cut out some, if not all, animal products from their diets and plant-based recipes are where it’s at.  I’m continually passionate about vegan food and I hope to reflect that on the blog.

Seitan!  And cabbage!  So freaking good.  This recipe comes from Appetite for Reduction and comes together in a snap, assuming you’ve got your seitan already made.  I am kind of afraid of making any type of simmered seitan — I’ve been burned so many times by it not turning out — so I always make the Seitan o’ Greatness recipe that has been floating around the PPK for years and years.  I’ll post it below since it’s pretty much public domain at this point.

Everything is better with a side of roasted vegetables that have been drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper.  Here I’ve got zucchini, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and sweet onion.

Seitan o’ Greatness
Originally created by PPK member Lachesis

1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp allspice (I never have all-spice so I leave this out)
3/4 cup cold water
4 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (I can never find this so I always just use soy sauce)
1-3 cloves garlic, crushed (I just sprinkle in about 1/2 tsp garlic powder)

Preheat oven to 325°.
In a large mixing bowl mix dry ingredients. Mix the rest of the ingredients (liquid ingredients) in a smaller mixing bowl. Whisk well until mixed.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well, then knead for several minutes.
Form into a log (6-8″ long), wrap tightly in foil, twisting ends. Bake for 90 minutes. When done baking, unwrap and leave out to cool all the way. Then wrap it foil or plastic and refrigerate. Slice to use as desired.

– Crystal


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