Baking & cooking with an enthusiastic amateur
Wouldn’t you buy seitan if the package had a gentleman with a mustache on it? I know I would! And did, to be most accurate.
My local Whole Foods carries Upton’s Chorizo Style Seitan, and I’d eyed it a few times before finally putting it in my cart, intending to use it in some blue corn taco shells (something else from Whole Foods that I could not resist).
While no meat substitute has quite the same taste of high-quality, pasture-raised meat, it can still be darn tasty in its own right. I didn’t miss the meat in these tacos, nor did anyone I served these too. The filling has a somewhat meaty texture to it, and the flavor is just right between the chorizo style seitan and the added spices. Lentils help stretch the admittedly much more expensive seitan, while still providing protein, fiber, and an extra dimension to the filling.
If you’re feeding a mix of vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores, they will all be satisfied with this meal! You could even make it part of a do-it-yourself taco bar, offering soft tortillas as well as taco shells, and toppings such as fresh tomatoes, salsa, shredded lettuce, peppers & onions, guacamole, and shredded cheese!
Seitan & Lentil Tacos
8 ounces (1 package) Upton’s chorizo style seitan
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked lentils
Using your hands, gently crumble the seitan into a nonstick frying pan. Cook at medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 4-5 minutes. Add the lentils sprinkle on the spices. Pour in 1/2 cup of water and turn up the heat to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until there’s no water left (all absorbed or evaporated). Remove from heat.
Scoop into taco shells. Top with sauteed peppers and onions, fresh chopped tomato, or both.
Makes four servings of seitan & lentil filling. Each serving is enough for two hard shell tacos.
Cost per serving: $1.20
Nutrition per serving: 181 calories, 4.5g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 3.5g fiber, 19g protein