Here's a recipe from Vegetarian Times from several years
ago. I actually did attempt this recipe, and it turned out rather well.
Look for prepared 'chicken'-flavored seitan in the
refrigerated or frozen-food section of your health food store.
Alternatively, the dry mix version works well, and leaves behind a
delicious liquid with which to make brown gravy.
2 1-lb. loaves multigrain bread
2 Tbs. margarine
2 medium carrots, finely diced
2 large stalks celery, finely diced
1 large onion (or 2 medium), finely diced
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. crumbled whole leaf sage
1/2 cup egg substitute or equivalent Egg Replacer **
**(Ener-G Egg Replacer is a powder you mix with water;
available at health food stores)
1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
2 lb. 'chicken'-flavored seitan, cut horizontally into 1-inch thick
1 cup Rich Brown Gravy (recipe to follow)
1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed, or yuba (yuba is the film
develops from heating soymilk. Available in dried form in Chinese and
Break bread into 1-inch chunks; dry in a large bowl,
uncovered, at least 8 hours. Melt margarine in a large nonstick skillet
over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery and onion; saute, stirring
frequently, until lightly browned. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; cool
to lukewarm. Add pepper, bread cubes, parsley, sage, egg substitute or
Egg Replacer, and broth or water. Toss to combine; set aside at least 30
minutes to allow liquids to soak into bread.
Preheat oven to 399 degrees. Line a baking sheet with
heavy-duty foil; spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Brush seitan
with gravy on both sides; arrange overlapping slices on foil in a row,
mounding in center. Press stuffing mixture around seitan to cover
completely. Wet hands lightly, and press into a neat oval.
Roll pastry sheets out to 1/16-inch thickness; arrange,
overlapping slightly, to make a large rectangle. Seal edges with dabs of
cold water. Drape pastry over mound, trim excess away around bottom. Use
scraps to cut out decorative shapes (leaves, apples, etc.); attach with
dabs of cold water.
For a shiny crust, brush pastry lightly with soymilk.
Bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours, covering pastry with foil if it browns too much.
Transfer "turkey" to a platter. To serve, cut straight down through
pastry, stuffing and seitan to make neat 3/4-inch slices. Spoon gravy
over each serving.
NOTE: If using yuba, reconstitute sheets by soaking 5
minutes in water in a flat, shallow dish, or between layers of wet
towels. It will turn white and pliable, but will still be fragile. Cover
oval mound with at least 2 and preferably 3 sheets of yuba, trimming
excess and smoothing it down as much as possible. Brush entire surface
with melted margarine or shortening; bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours, basting
every 15 minutes with additional margarine or shortening. Allow to stand
15 minutes before cutting.
Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Fruity Sweet Potatoes
Submitted by [email protected]
4 cups chopped sweet potatoes (about 2 large)
1 cup chopped mixed dried fruit (a mix of papaya, mango, dates,
banana chips, white raisons, coconut flakes, etc.)
1 cup chopped cashews
1 twelve oz. can mango juice (you can substitute guava) (or even apple
that's all you have)
In a large sauce pan, simmer the dried fruit mix in
enough water to cover until it is reconstituted, about 20 minutes. Add
the sweet potatoes and the mango juice. Bring to a boil and then reduce
heat and simmer for an hour until sweet potatoes can be mashed with a
fork. Do so. Don't use an electric beater, the objective is to have
chunks of fruit in the mix. Most of the liquid should be reduced by this
time, add a bit of water if needed during the cooking or mashing
process. Stir in the chopped cashews and leave on a warm setting until
ready to serve.
Serves 6 to 8
Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, and
(An alternative to turkey-and-stuffing)
Submitted by [email protected]
4 med-sm. butternut squashes (about one lb. each)
3/4 cup raw wild rice, rinsed
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 heaping cup chopped red onion
1 clove, minced garlic
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 1/2 cups firmly packed torn wheat bread
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon each: dried sage, dried thyme
1 teaspoon seasoned salt, or to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Halve the squashes and scoop out seeds and fibers. Place them cut side
up in shallow baking dishes and cover tightly with covers or foil.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but
In the meantime, bring two cups of water to boil in a saucepan. Stir in
the wild rice, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook until the water
is absorbed, about 40 minutes.
Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion and garlic and saute until
In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked wild rice with the sauteed onion
and the remaining ingredients.
When the squashes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp and stir
it into the rice mixture.
Stuff the squashes, place in foil-lined baking dishes and cover.
Before serving, place the squashes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or just until well heated through.
Another tasty dish from SavingLife
4 lbs. (8 medium) yams
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons melted, Vegan butter alternative
2 teaspoons each grated lemon and orange peel
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Boil yams until tender. Cool and peel. Cut into quarters. Mash until
Add brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Vegan butter alternative, orange and
lemon peel, orange and lemon juice, and salt. Beat with electric mixer
Bake in a casserole dish at 350 degrees about 25 minutes.
Drizzle with Vegan butter alternative.
(If made ahead and chilled, bake an additional 15 minutes.)
Country Style Gravy
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup cashew pieces
2 tsp onion powder or garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 Tbs soy sauce or vegan Worcestershire
1 Tbs brewers yeast flakes
1 Tbs arrowroot or cornstarch
In an electric blender, blend all ingredients together
Pour into saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until
Cranberry Apple Crisp
1 cup Sucanat
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
1/2 cup soy margarine, melted
6 tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Braeburn
1-12 oz bag of fresh whole cranberries, washed and drained
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unrefined sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a 9x13” baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine Sucanat, flour, oats, spices and margarine.
Stir well. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cranberries, water
and sugar. Cook over medium heat until the cranberries begin to pop.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Wash, core and cut three of the apples into small chunks. Spread them in
a layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with the cooked
Wash, core and cut the remaining three apples; spread them over the
cranberries. Top with Sucanat/margarine mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve cold or warm, topped with
non-dairy "ice cream" of your choice, or Hip Whip instead of the
"cooler" non-dairy whipped topping.
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For a delicious Vegan feast that carnivores cannot argue
with, there are two scrumptious meat-free "turkeys" on the market.
Tofurky, which can be found in some health food and
whole food supermarkets in the frozen food section, or ordered by
calling 1-800-508-8100, and UnTurkey, which can also be ordered by
calling 1-800-335-1959 are excellent alternatives to the traditional
turkey. Each meal includes a soy-based roast with stuffing and gravy.
The Tofurky meal also offers "dark-meat drum sticks."
Now & Zen: UnTurkey
Turtle Island Foods
[email protected] reports that an article, which
features Tofurky, in the Sacramento Bee 11-21-99, had the following
Here's an irresistibly oddball contest involving the
famous Tofurky, a tofu-based turkey substitute. Last year, Americans
purchased more than 50,000 of the dome-shaped entrees for vegan holiday
dinners, and this year the manufacturer, Turtle Island Farms, thinks it
will sell twice that.
So the company has decided to launch an art contest to
find the best drawing of a Tofurky in the wild. And no, you won't get
any hints from us as to what a Tofurky looks like. The winner gets a
trip to the farm's bed-and-breakfast and wildlife sanctuary in Watkins
Glen, N. Y. For details, log onto:
Turtle Island Foods
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