While we were at the grocery store yesterday, my hubby said a sub sandwich sounded really good. I thought: Why not try thinly sliced seitan (leftovers of Seitan O Greatness) as lunch meat and make some yummy sandwiches? So I did - I layered a sub roll with veganaise, spicy brown mustard, jalepeno slices, lettuce mixed with vinaigrette, avocado and tomatoes. AMAZING!! So delish!
My husband and sons are snackers and I decided to be clever and give homemade granola bars a go - I have made them before but they were not vegan I suspect and it was years ago. These chewy, crunchy bars turned out yummy.
As-You-Like It Energy Bars (adapted from 500 Vegan Recipes)
4 t flax meal
1 1/2 T warm water
2 T brown rice syrup
1/2 t vanilla
2 T brown rice flour
1/8 t baking powder
1/8 t baking soda
1/8 t salt
1/2 cup craisins
1 1/4 cups walnuts
1/4 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
Coat loaf pan with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350. In a bowl, mix flax and water. Stir. Add brown rice syrup and vanila. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients. Fold in craisins, nuts, and chocolate. Press into loaf pan. Bake 20-30 min. Let cool. Cut into bars.
Today's lunch consisted of our favorite Brussels sprouts, veggie fritters and apricot glazed seitan (again using more of the Seitan O Greatness - that recipe makes enough for several meals!). Though this wasn't my favorite way to have seitan, it was still pretty good - seitan is really becoming a favorite for me. It took me a while but I really like it now. Not sure I would make this glazed recipe again but I might. It wasn't outstanding but it was good. The veg fritters were much like potato pancakes but different in that they had much more flour in them so were closer to corn fritters. They were pretty yummy topped with a squirt of ketchup!
Vegetable Fritters (adapted from 500 Vegan Recipes)
1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup grated potatoes
1/2 cup grated carrots
2 cups flour
3/4 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil, plus more for frying
1/4 cup soy milk
1 t salt
1 t pepper
Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined into a sticky, thick batter. Form into patties. Heat oil on a griddle or in a skillet to 1/4 in depth. Fry fritters until browned and then flip and brown on other side. Drain on paper towels before serving.
Apricot Glaze (adapted from 500 Vegan Recipes)
Note: since I had leftover Seitan O Greatness, I simply made this glaze and topped the seitan with it. I baked it for a few minutes to warm the seitan and heat the glaze.
10 oz apricot jam
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
1 T spicy brown mustard
Combine all ingredients until smooth and incorporated.