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
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.
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?