Cowboy Skillet Pie

This recipe is inspired by my childhood next door neighbor, who used to host parties out of his garage. He would set up long folding tables, and everyone would come out with hot dishes, barbecue, warm rolls and amazing desserts. The adults would drink beer, and the kids would run around. I always loved that…

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a vegan version of chili verde…

Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

Today’s recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This vegan version uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and savory herbs and spices. Simmer it…

Hearty Seitan and Winter Wheat Berry Chili

I’m going through a phase with whole grains.  Maybe it’s because Bob’s Red Mill is right down the street?  Maybe it’s because I feel burnt out on brown rice?  Maybe it’s because the texture of whole grains are more interesting to eat?  It is probably all of these things.  And fall is the perfect time…

Seitan Pozole Rojo

Pozole.  It’s like the pho of Mexico.  A delicious brothy soup is accompanied by piles of fresh garnishes.  Traditionally, it’s made with chicken or pork with hominy.  And usually, it’s a food of celebration.  And it’s easy to understand why, it’s beautiful and tasty! Years back, I had a bowl of vegan pozole rojo at…

Seitan Stew

It’s been raining steadily for the past two days.  Even though we are in early spring, there’s still a bit of that “in like a lion” part happening this March.  And while it’s a rarity on the west coast, we even had a thunderstorm.  So, with that as my backdrop, I felt it was time…

Grilled Kale Pesto Sandwich with Apples and Seitan

About a year ago, I went through a bread baking phase.  Bread is surprisingly easy to make, even the most complicated variety.  During that time, I made a lot of sourdough.  It was not the best sourdough I’ve ever had, but it was good.  Living close to so many bakeries on the US’s west coast,…

Slow Cooker Seitan Goulash

It’s a drizzly day in Portland.  It felt like the perfect time to revisit this recipe, which was first published 6 months ago.  I’ve made some changes from the original, but I think it brings it up a notch.  Sautéing the onions and seitan together created a deeper flavor in the overall dish.  I chose…