Pronounced (SAY-tan) and also know by other names such as wheat meat, Mi-Tan, Kofu or vital wheat gluten, seitan is a hearty meat substitute with its firm and chewy meatlike texture. It readily absorbs flavors and seasonings and packs 26 grams of protein into a 4-ounce serving. It is believed that seitan was first created by monks searching for a suitable meat substitute. If you’ve ever had mock meat in a Chinese restaurant you’ve likely had seitan.
Use seitan in casseroles, stir-fries, sandwiches or any other dish that might normally call for meat. Seitan can be purchased at most health food stores already pre-cooked or as a powder (vital wheat gluten) that can be mixed with water or broth and your favorite seasonings and then steamed.
(Please note: Westsoy seitan strips in the red box contain honey)