Seitan - or gluten - is the original meat alternative. This tasty dish originated in China hundreds if not thousands of years ago as a food for vegetarian Buddhist monks. It has since percolated round the Far East, eg Japan and Vietnam and is used in contemporary Western veggie and vegan food.
High in protein, low in fat, and dense in texture, it lends itself to all sorts of dishes, including stir fries, 'steaks', deli slices for sandwiches, meat balls/chunks and more.
The recipe uses storecupboard ingredients - serve on its own with a little rice and salad for a simple, satisfying lunch or as part of a curry meal.
cooked diced potatoes cooked in with the dahl a couple of minutes before serving
baby spinach leaves cooked in for a minute or two.
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An amazing vegan quiche recipe made using vegan cream cheeze, eg Sheese, Tesco or Tofutti.
Pastry: we give you two options
- a home-made mashed potato crust which is tasty, quick and easy - it doesn't need blind baking (short pre-cooking) rolling. However, it doesn't keep well and the quiche needs to be eaten there and then.
- ready-made shortcrust version. Jus Rol, Sainsbury and Tesco ranges are mostly vegan (bar those made with butter!) - just check the labels.
Delicious, Fresh-tasting Red or Green Thai Vegetable Curry with Tofu
This lovely curry is a winner. Simply ensure that the curry paste you buy is vegan - that it contains no shrimp or fish sauce. Good vegan brands include Thai Taste www.thaitaste.co.uk/products and for products and stockists (NB Other brands such as Blue Dragon, MaiSri and MaePloy are NOT vegetarian/vegan)
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