Here’s a simple broccoli and seitan stir fry that highlights the unique flavor and texture of this plant-based high-protein food. You can think of this as a vegan “beef” and broccoli, or just enjoy it on its own merits.
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A shortcut: What makes this recipe especially easy is using bottled teriyaki marinade or Korean BBQ sauce (available in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets).
Both are full-bodied flavorings, which minimizes the number of ingredients you need to use in the recipe. I’ve gotten to think of Korean BBQ sauce as a staple — I love that it has a slightly sweet and spicy kick to it.
Complete the meal: Serve this easy stir-fry over hot cooked brown rice or Asian noodles like soba or udon. A platter of raw vegetables with a vegan dip is a nice accompaniment, and if you want to add a fun touch to the meal, serve with vegetable spring rolls from the grocery frozen foods section.
More about seitan
Like tofu, seitan is a traditional Asian food that has been embraced in the west. An important thing to know is that it’s pure wheat gluten — so it’s not for those with any sort of sensitivity.
Otherwise, seitan offers an appealing protein alternative to soy products. It’s made by rinsing away the starchy part of the wheat, so what’s left is almost pure protein. A 4-ounce serving of seitan has 28 grams of protein!
Making your own is an economical option; here’s our easy homemade seitan recipe.
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Next best is sourcing locally made fresh seitan, which you might find in natural foods stores and food co-ops. Otherwise, the widely marketed White Wave seitan products found in natural foods stores (and and increasing number of supermarkets), including their Stir-Fry Strips, are quite good.
If you like this high-protein stir-fry, you might also enjoy …
Stir-Fried Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Seitan, Tempeh, or Tofu
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