It’s not even 10:00 am and I’ve already eaten breakfast…

No more strawberries...instead, a mapley peach! And iced coffee.

The same base as usual - oatmeal and puffed millet...

...with honey roasted peanuts, sunflower seed butter, dates, maple syrup, and a nuked ripe peach.

…cleaned out the horses…

Someone (Brandi?) asked a while back if I had gauges. I can't remember if I answered - I do!

And two holes in my nose, just for good measure.

…made seitan…

No, this isn't seitan - but it's what I munched on during the process.

…did a yoga download while the seitan was simmering…

…and made muffins.

Round #2 of PB & Banana Bran Muffins!

And put my face on, too. And ordered a girth for my dressage saddle because the one that came with it is a 32″. Mr. Pony needs about a 26″. He may think he’s a big ol’ warmblood, but he’s not.

Of course, by the time this gets posted I’ll have a blog post up, but then it’ll probably be more like 11:00. Oh, well.

Anyways. Wanna talk about seitan?

Oh, okay…

I think seitan is sort of a “six or half-dozen,” scenario. Sure, you can have hot-dog seitan, chicken seitan, etc – but either way, you’re mixing vital wheat gluten and a broth of some sort. I’ve sort of done my own thing from Veganomicon’s Simple Seitan, but I like things sort of basil-y and garlic-y, so I made some swaps. That and I hate soy sauce.

Yes, I used the term hate.

Anyways, here’s what I’m usually eating whenever seitan pops up. It’s my new love. I haven’t even bothered purchasing tempeh lately. (Although – heads-up – Lightlife has a $1.00 off coupon on their website :D)

Dry ingreds

Combine your dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl:

Wet ingreds

Combine your wet ingredients in a separate vessel:

  • 1/4 c. vegetable broth
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large or 2 medium cloves of garlic, pressed

Pour wet into dry...

And combine with a wooden spoon.

Stir until mostly combined, and then knead it until strings start to form. Form it into one-two rounds:

I just form one, and cut as necessary.

And prepare your boiling liquid. I just fill a medium-sized saucepan with a can of vegetable broth, adding more water if necessary. You’ll want to have it mostly full, so the seitan is completely covered.

Place the seitan in the liquid, and bring to a boil.

As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the heat to very low, and let simmer, covered, for an hour. Do some yoga but don’t forget to flip it occasionally.

After an hour, remove from heat and uncover. Let it cool off, and then store it with some of the broth in the fridge.

Still reminds me of those rubbery alien-growing toy things. At least it tastes better than I imagine those to.

When I use it for sandwiches, I just slice it and give it a quick pan-fry on both sides in a non-stick pan. Make sure you kinda squeeze a little of the excess broth out first.

As for the muffins? Well, I went through those last ones probably the fastest I’ve ever gone through muffins, with all of my faux strawberry shortcakes. I intended to make them more peanut-buttery than last time but I couldn’t even remember what I did last time to change. So I have the same observations about this batch that I did about the last – needs a bit more maple or agave, and a bit more peanut butter. I’m almost there, though! (…nothing a little peanut butter smeared on top can’t fix 😉 )

Now I’m hoping the storms can hold off long enough that I can play with a cute lil’ guy named Teddie!

P.S. I’m glad everyone enjoyed my last camera post! I know if you’re unfamiliar with photography it’s overwhelming at first – my advice is to just experiment. It will all make sense 🙂 And I didn’t even touch on white balance, lighting, ISO, etc. I think next I’ll talk about white balance – it’s something everyone can benefit from, not necessarily dSLR specific!

P.P.S – Don’t forget about the BSI: Bulghur Wheat Contest!! Get creative! Remember, bulgur is fun to bake with, too :]



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32 responses to “Seitanic

  1. Crikey you are SO productive!! What time did you get up!? You can’t have much else left to do with the day…!
    I’m officially in love with seitan and I think I have your blog to thank for that 🙂
    Haha, a 26girth wouldn’t even go round fatty Chika’s leg 😛

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe! I tried once before to make it… and it turned out horrible. I think I might give it another whirl, using your tips!

  3. Tes

    Sounds like you have a really busy morning! Thanks for the delicious breakfast photoes.

  4. Mo

    I need to try seitan again… Your way sounds so much simpler than those sausages I made haha.

  5.’ve convinced me to make seitan after being too obsessed with the chickpea cutlets for a while now! I wish I could be cooking up a storm before 10…maybe this weekend…

  6. Brandi

    such a productive day! I actually have some vital wheat gluten, but haven’t used it yet.

    Yay for gauges! I miss mine.

  7. I wish I could accomplish as much as you with my mornings! I wake up just as early, but I usually only have time for crosswording, blogging, breakfast, gym and shower. It’s probably because blog reading alone takes up at least an hour. 😛

  8. Even after my waffle fail, I really need to try it again because yours look so good. Puffed millet and oatmeal? Count me in! I also love the mixture you use for seitan. I haven’t had seitan in ages, but I was always looking for another flavor. This seems awesome! You are so productive in the mornings, girl; I don’t know how you do it! Waffles, muffins, horsey stuff, yoga, and seitan? Wow. I wake up at noon so that’s probably shot. Whoops. Anyway, I love the pictures of you and Teddie (did you decided on the ie vs. y? I’m sorry if I missed that.) I’m still so excited fro you about getting him; I can really tell it feels right for you.

    Have a lovely day!

  9. Dee

    Oh those muffins look divine! YUMMERZ!

  10. teenagehealthfreak

    thanks for this post about seitan…I was wondering for the longest time what that was! Those waffels look amazing!!! must have a really awesome waffel do you get them so nice and crisp-looking??

  11. Thank you! I’ve been wanting to make homemade seitan for so long, but I’ve been intimidated, and I haven’t liked the recipes I’ve seen. This looks so good, and so much better than the sodium filled seitan strips I buy at Whole Foods. Your breakfast looked scrumptious, and I hope you have a wonderful day today!

  12. woah that just shows how yummy those muffins were!!! omg i laughed at the ‘vital gluten’ only because i can imagine the celiac community cringing at the thought of ingesting that bag haha. wouldnt that be something…

    awe such a cute photo of you and ur baby 🙂 kisses ❤


  13. Boo, I won’t have time to make a recipe with the BSI…ugh! I got too wrapped up in seitan making while I was supposed to be reading…I hope it tastes good cause it sure looks funky!

  14. You are one busy girl! And your post titled cracked me up!! I really want to try seitan but don’t have all the ingredients for it. Alsoo those muffins look fab! I need to go bake… =P

  15. I love seitan, but for some reason the thought of using “vital wheat gluten” is just really intimidating. You make it look easy though- I should have picked some up while I was grocery shopping today!

  16. Love those photos of you with your horse!

  17. wow you have had such a productive morning!! i can’t believe you did all of that cooking and eating!!
    I really want to try seitan. I hear it is a great veggie source of protein 🙂

  18. I knew you would get to this post sooner or later! I think you are so adorable! Glad you had a productive day! I hope you are enjoying your evening!

  19. The picture of you and jig (?) is amazing. I am loving the two nose rings by the way =) I’m old school with only one I guess!

    Seitan definitely freaks me right out. I’ve never had it.. but it does look a little alien. I will have to take your word for it though, because any taste buds that like waffles like that must be good ones 🙂

    ❤ Tat

  20. You definately had a productive morning – and such great recipes to prove it!!! The muffins look fabulous and ive actually never tried seitan but you’ve inspired me to give it a try!!!! Have a wonderful Friday!!!! xo aimee

  21. I can’t wait to be on summer vacation so I can do fun things like this! Honestly I had no clue what seitain was (except for the fact I think you told me). So it’s basically wheat gluten and made into something you use on sandwiches? interesting! those muffins look SOOO good I need to make those.

  22. i love your nose piercings / gauges! looks great on you

  23. Girl, you are so incredibly gorgeous! And productive.
    I’ve never tried sietan but it sounds interesting.
    And I always mean to change recipes a bit but then I forget what I did the first time.. must remember to write these things down.
    Love ya!

  24. I have a package of Bob’s Red Mill vital wheat gluten and I’ve been wanting to make the seitan recipe on it. This post inspired me to go at it. Wish me luck! lol


    PS. LOVE the horsey pics!!

  25. Sounds like a productive day!! You foods look delish!! Oh and as always, your photography pics amaze me!

  26. I love seitan and thanks to you I can now make it myself YUMMM!

  27. Yum, I love seitan, and haven’t eaten it in years. Thanks for posting how to make this stuff from scratch. It’s so good added to stir fries.

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