Thursday, June 18, 2009

Burrito Night Con Seitan

I'm officially obsessed with this creole seitan. It can do not wrong in my mind. Last night, I made some chipotle couscous, creamy guacamole, and creole seitan to make an amazingly delicious burrito.

Some of the best parts of the Mexican cuisine [[and Cali-Mex]] is the use of cilantro and aromatic spices like chili powders. I love getting a mouth full of mild spice on a crispy piece of seitan covered in a creamy, cilantro-heavy guacamole. And there's nothing better than the smokey, hardy flavor of a chipotle. I think people too often rely on fatty things to carry flavor, like cheeses and creams, when you can get a great depth of flavor using the right spices and herbs in the correct moderation.

[[Creamy Guacamole]]
I usually keep mine chunky and very avocado-y, but for this burrito I want it to be a runnier, creamier topping. It worked out nicely.

1 very ripe avocado
1 bunch cilantro, chopped, about 1 tbs packed [[see above photo]]
1 squirt of lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
a dash of pepper
a dash of chili powder
a dash of crushed red pepper
1 tbs tofutti sour cream

-- Blend all ingredients until smooth

[[Chipotle Couscous]]
That picture is about 2 cups couscous [[too much!]], this recipe will serve about 3 people.

1 cup dry couscous [[check the instructions on bag]]
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tbs chipotle sauce from canned chipotle in adobe sauce,
plus one seeded, chopped chipotle pepper

-- Heat vegetable broth to a simmer, add couscous and cook until liquids fully absorbed. About 7 minutes.
-- Remove from heat and add the garlic and chipotle/sauce. Mix well.


raw spinach
chopped red onion
creole seitan
chipotle couscous
whole wheat or whole grain or Ezekiel tortilla [[Andrew likes the Ezekiel's]]

--Pack together and enjoy.


Margaret said...

I can NOT wait to make this dish this weekend. It looks spectacular. I am re-entering the world of "veganism" now that we have discovered the multiple allergies my toddler has. I used to love seitan, but could not remember any good recipes from years past. I think instead, I need to focus on some yummy, new recipes, starting with this one.

Unknown said...

Oh that's so sweet! Thank you. What allergies does your daughter have? Congratulations on re-entering the world of veganism. It's a delicious one. :)

Margaret said...

Ready for this? :
Tree Nuts (this was my "gift" to her, as I have this same allergy)
White Fish
Beef (although this might be a false/positive - research shows - but I suspect it's actually true for her)

Poor thing is only 2 1/2 and she can tell you her allergies and show you where the Benedryl is :)

But I digress....we are happy to be back in the vegan world. Honestly, it's where I feel most comfy any way.

So glad to have found your blog!

Unknown said...

Wow! It's like she was born vegan. I didn't know you could be allergic to eggs and beef -- those seem like unique allergies. Well, luckily, the vegan community is very present and helpful on the internet. If you need anything let me know, I'll try to help.

Margaret said...

By the way, I just made this today, served on a bed of spinach (I did not have tortillas) and it was AMAZING! Thanks for this recipe.

Unknown said...

That's awesome! Glad you liked it!