Seitan Satays, Seitan Tacos and Burgers

I’ve kind of been shortcut cooking for the last week. I’m not sure what is up with that but I’m guessing it’s just being summer-lazy.

First up: the satays. I used chicken seitan and an incredible dipping sauce that was inspired by the book Hot Sour Salty Sweet. I have that book out of the library and I don’t want to give it back. Ever. I got an undeserved overdue notice from our library the other day about some books that had been returned (and on time, Mom, if you’re reading this!). In the meantime, I’d been back to the library and checked out more books, including this one. So I called the library and they told me that there was nothing checked out on my card at all. For a moment, I really thought I might get away with keeping the book. Guilty, but happy all at once. Then I realized it was checked out on my husband’s card and really would have to be returned. I hope to make a lot more out of this book, too., here I come.

Must Have Dipping Sauce
based on Vegetarian Nuoc Cham (makes about 1/3 cup)
3 Tbsp tamari
1 Tbsp mirin
1 Tbsp garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp peanut oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Mix it all together and store in the fridge. This is delicious on anything: rice, noodles, vegetables, tofu, seitan, your finger and pretty much anything else you can think of.

We’ve also had these seitan tacos a couple of times. Right now I have a little crush on Wegman’s. The tortilla shells (actually ‘gorditos’ on the package) are even marked vegan! I’m so happy that the store took that step. It doesn’t take much to make me happy sometimes. Suddenly, I feel like a valued customer. Now if only they’d carry vegan butterscotch chips…..

And… we tried the burgers from Vegan Dad. These happen to be his second version. I never got around to making the first version so I can’t say which we like better, but these are fantastic! They freeze well, too, so will be an even quicker dinner another night!

Tonight’s dinner: No clue.

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