Seitan and apple saute

As much as I love being at home for the summer and cooking family meals, I miss cooking for myself.

Not only do I miss choosing and cooking my own meals, but I find it hard to eat the way my family eats for every dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love the meals we’ve been making lately, such goat cheese, olive and sun dried tomato stuffed chicken, but as I’ve mentioned before, I like to eat vegetarian a few times a week, but my family doesn’t. I miss eating beans, tofu and tempeh!

Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to cook my own dinner, so I decided to use cook up some seitan I bought at Whole Foods a few weeks ago. I came up with this delicious seitan and apple sauté! It had all the flavours of fall and reminded me of my dad’s stuffing that he makes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had it alongside roasted sweet potato and kale chips.

Seitan and apple sauté

Seitan and Apple Sauté

1 tsp olive oil
1 seitan sausage
1/2 an apple (I used Royal Gala), diced
1/4 of a yellow onion, diced
1 stalk of celery, sliced
2-4 tbsp low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme

In a pan, heat up olive oil over medium heat, then add in onions and celery. Cook for about 1 minute and then lower heat to let them sweat. When onions are translucent, add in the chopped apple, sliced seitan, vegetable broth (start with 2 tbsp and add more as needed) and herbs. Cook until apple becomes soft.

Seitan and Apple Sauté

Now that I know where to buy seitan, I can see it quickly becoming one of my food obsessions! My other current obsession? Those no bake date squares I made a few posts back. I find myself sneaking forkfuls of them every time I’m in the kitchen. And I love crumbling them on my breakfasts!

They’re also great for afternoon snacks at work since the nuts and dates make them extremely energy dense. They tide me over really well so that I don’t come home famished like I did on Tuesday. Once I got home, I scarfed down this plate of homemade pizza. And then went back for another slice. And another. And another. I ended up eating an entire half a pizza. Manual labour makes me hungry!

Do you get frustrated when you can’t cook for yourself?

What are your current food obsessions?


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10 Responses to Seitan and apple saute

  1. The seitan saute looks amazing!! I love using apples to cook, and think it pairs perfectly with sweet potato, kale and seitan. I would love this meal!I could definitely see myself getting frustrated if I had to sit back and not cook at all for a while! While I don't see myself as super picky in a paranoid way, I definitely eat a lot different than my family. I think if it were just my mom and I it'd be totally fine, but her bf is definitely a big meat-eater. I'd get tired of frozen vegetables after a day or two :PLately I'm obsessed with plain, pan-fried tofu dipped in good bbq sauce! it's funny; i've tried so many marinades, but I keep just going back to pan-frying it with a bit of salt and that's it, lol.

  2. mmm your seitan+apple sautee is so creative!!! glad you got the chance to cook for yourself. the date squares sound amazing too! lately ive been obsessed with CORNBREAD (yum) and this is a weird one – roasted garlic!

  3. I get pretty frustrated. Unfortunately everyone in my house is coming & going at different times, so we kinda do our own thing when it comes to dinner. It does mean I get to prepare whatever I feel like eating.& current food obsession- oats. I think that's pretty obvious from my blog at the moment… hahaI like the sound of seitan- can't see myself getting hold of it easily though :/ x

  4. My family makes some amazing meals. All comfort food made from real ingredients, but sometimes not the healthiest. While I enjoy them while at home, I can't wait to get back to a simple salad with some greek yogurt for dinner :)

  5. Oh I love apples in savory dishes. But I've never had seitan. It's one of those things that I'm really curious about, but at the same time scared to try… plus I have no idea how to prepare it O.oI really prefer to cook for myself, and thank goodness that I usually have to anyways. No one in my family is vegetarian, and they're all very Polish, so they tend to eat food that's really, really rich, which just tends to make me feel tired and groggy.

  6. I sometimes get frustrated when I can't cook for myself, but I usually remedy the situation by offering to contribute a healthy side to the meal. For example, tonight my mom is making Italian Sausage Soup, which actually is pretty healthy, but I'm going to make a tossed salad to go with the meal. This way, at least I ensure that I get some veggies in!

  7. I feel ya on not frustrated when you can't cook for yourself. When my grandma visits, she always takes over the cooking which is nice of course, but all of her dishes are loaded with butter…I feel so uncomfortable eating consistently like that!Current food obsession: Kettle Corn, can't seem to get enough :)

  8. yay for finally having your vegg dinner! i know what you mean, i live at home (obvs.) and my family hardly ever eats vegetarian…so i have to make my own meals all the time, which can get so frustrating!! but current food obsession…SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER! love!

  9. I agree. While I love when I can sit down to dinner and everything is already done, I love preparing my own food! I get to have everything just the way I like it :)My current food obsession is definitely maple flavored nut butters on chocolate overnight oats!

  10. I love making my own food and using whatever ingredients I want. It does make me uncomfortable when someone else cooks for me. And I am obsessed with my Reeses peanut butter chips!! Yummm :D

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