Monday, May 26, 2014

Sloppy Joes

Recipe by Sammi from Dairy-Free State

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If you want to impress a meat-eating skeptic, try this recipe. It is delicious, easy and makes a lot of food!

Recipe adapted from Jolly Green Jane.

  • 1 box of vegan sloppy joe mix
  • 1 box of Upton's Naturals Ground Seitan
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the sloppy joe mix and chopped onion and bring down to medium-low.
  3. Once the water starts to cook down, add in the tomato paste, brown sugar and seitan.
  4. Cook until mix is thick and warmed through - about 5 minutes. (add more water if it needs it.
  5. Scoop onto some vegan burger buns and enjoy!

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chorizo Chili

Another fantastic recipe by Angela from The Veracious Vegan

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What could be better than a big bowl of chili and some crusty grain bread on a cold, winter night?! This Chorizo Chili combines hearty black beans and kidney beans with a rich tomato-based sauce, and spicy chorizo seitan for a very satisfying meal.

Serves 8


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  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 habanero pepper (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces of mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 package Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 28-ouce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz tomato salsa
  • Spring onions, sliced, for garnish

  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium heat. Add olive oil, bell pepper, onion, habanero pepper and garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Add seitan and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add cumin, chili powder and tomatoes and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes on medium-low heat.
  4. Add salt, beans and salsa and simmer for 30 minutes on low heat.
  5. Serve garnished with spring onions and crusty seeded bread.

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Vegan Chorizo Paella

Recipe by Angela from The Veracious Vegan

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Paella has always been a dish that I avoided at the Spanish restaurants. I mean what could be so exciting about a rice-based dish with vegetables (which is how the vegan version is made)? Typically, a paella includes white rice, green vegetables, meat, beans, and seasoning. But, there are many variations - some have seafood while others don't. I decided to make a paella using a vegan chicken and vegan sausage crumbles to make a slightly spicy, delicious paella that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. So if you are interested in trying a vegan paella, try this one. It is super easy and simple to make. Serves 8.


picture of Ingredients for Vegan Chorizo Paella

  • 2 pieces of vegan chicken cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for cooking
  • 1 box Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan, crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. In a bowl, toss the vegan chicken with the olive oil, paprika and oregano.
  2. Put cooking spray or a bit of olive oil in the pan, then add the vegan chicken mixture. Cook, stirring regularly, until heated through - about 5 minutes. Remove vegan chicken mixture from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the chorizo setian, onion, red bell pepper and garlic to the pan. Cook until the seitan has browned and the vegetables have softened - about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the rice, stock, tomatoes, crushed red pepper and saffron. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook, stirring regularly until most liquid is absorbed and rice is soft - about 15 minutes
  5. Stir in the vegan chicken mixture and peas and cook for another 1-2 minutes. 
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ground Seitan Stir-Fry

Recipe by P from Will Study for Food

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Here's a quick, delicious recipe. We recommend this stir fry on rice or your favorite noodles.

Makes two servings.

  • about 4 cups of raw vegetables (this recipe has bok choy, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms & celery)
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion (more or less based on preference)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic (more or less based on preference)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 package of Upton's Naturals Ground Seitan

  1. Add vegetables, onion and garlic and oil into a wok or pan. Saute until softened.
  2. Add salt, sugar and apple cider vinegar to wok / pan and stir.
  3. When pan is hot, add 1/4 cup of water. When sizzling, cover with a lid and cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add package of seitan and stir until warm
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.