Saturday, November 1, 2008

Seitan over Maple Squash and Sweet Potato

Have you ever looked in the fridge and wondered what in the world you were going to make for dinner? Especially on the day before shopping day? Sometimes the results can be surprising. This dish was wonderful and was perfect for a cool Canadian autumn day.

Serves 4
- 4 large pieces chicken-style seitan, or tofu
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp poultry spice
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1 onion, halved and sliced
- 1 celery stalk, sliced
- 1/2 butternut squash, diced
- 2 medium sweet potato, thinly sliced
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken-style broth
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground thyme, or to taste
- salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat margarine in a frying pan over med-hi heat. Mix flour and poultry spice together and dredge seitan or tofu in the flour mixture. Fry for 3-4 mins per side, until golden. Remove from pan.
2. Reduce heat to medium and add onions and celery to the pan, and add a little more margarine if needed. Saute for 5-7 mins, until soft and translucent. Add squash and potatoes to pan and cook until both begin to colour deepens.
3. Add broth, maple syrup and thyme to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to bubbling. Place seitan on top of potatoes. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 mins, basting seitan with the liquid, until potatoes and squash are cooked. Add more liquid if needed.
4. Serve seitan over a bed of potatoes.


Lisa G/K said...

Is everyone aware that November 1st is World Vegan Day?

Be inspired!

Kelly said...

It looks very comforting and seasonally appropriate as always.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Ugh. I can sympathize... that last week of the month before payday and foodstamps and a chance to go grocery shopping... I tend to get REEEEEEALLY creative with the last dregs in the 'fridge!

This looks deeelish!!

Chaos Mom said...

sounds like heaven to me! (well, except for the maple..not a huge fan of maple flavor). unfortunately, the boy will not eat squash nor sweet potato, and the husband won't eat seitan or squash. it'd be so much easier to be a vegetarian if i lived alone. i'll have to save this recipe for a day when i have the house to myself. looks delicious :)

C said...

I just want to publicly announce that I love you. On October 14, 2008, my co-worker and I decided to do a 30 day trial at "Veganism". I grew up eating meat, but with religious food restrictions. I also ate vegetarian meat. But, the idea of being Vegan was so far past my thinking, that I was certain it would all lead to failure. Let's just say that yesterday, your vegan sticky wings and chocolate chip brownie dessert were hits for my family. I've read most all of your posts and have purchased the necessary items needed to make some of your dishes. From a meat eater to a vegan - "you make this vegan thing look and taste real good." I'm going to try this new recipe of yours today.

Vegan Dad said...


Thanks so much for the note!