Today, October 1, is World Vegetarian Day — the annual kick-off to Vegetarian Awareness Month. How about celebrating with at least one plant-based meal. Here’s an idea: Stop by a local farmer’s market for some fresh produce and then head back to your kitchen to make a fresh and tasty meal. Happy cooking!
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In honor of World Vegetarian Day, why not celebrate by making homemade Seitan. It’s my favorite meat substitute and this is my favorite recipe. It’s super easy to make. It takes about 15 minutes to mix up but requires about an hour for cooking. It’s worth the wait. Use it in stir fry or on a sandwich and wrap. It’s a bit spicy so reduce the spices in half if you prefer a more mild spice level. Enjoy!
22 oz. vital wheat gluten flour (available in the baking section of Whole Foods and Wild Oats)
2 cups water
½ cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add liquids and work into a uniform dough. Simmer in flavored vegetable stock for about 1 hour. (Kind of looks like a brain when cooking. Not so appetizing but it tastes yummy!) Cool in pot with broth before refrigerating. Store the seitan in some of the broth to keep tender.
This recipe makes a very large portion. I suggest halving or quartering if making for only one or two people. It will last about 7 days in the frig.
Recipe from Cooking Fools vegan cooking class in Chicago, Illinois.
I just learned of another upcoming day to celebrate animals. World Farm Animal Day is Tuesday, October 2. Take time to do something to celebrate these beautiful animals!
Over the next several weeks there are a few special days designated for animals. These are not your usual Hallmark holidays either. Check out the web sites for more information:
World Vegetarian Day is October 1.
World Animal Day is October 4.
World Vegan Day is November 1.
Why not do something special to celebrate animals on any or all of these dates? Here are a few idea. You could volunteer for a local animal welfare group, take an omnivore out for a veg dinner, or better yet make an omnivore a vegan dinner. Be creative and have fun! Just be sure to do something for all the creatures who inhabit our world.
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