Asian Stir-Fry with Seitan*

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(Photo shows a variation with pineapple pieces)


Modified from ("Chinese Vegetable and Hoisin Stir-Fry") at about.com

NOTE:  Seitan is optional in this recipe; you could have a veggie stir-fry.  Seitan adds an appealing meat-like ingredient.   It's pretty easy to make seitan yourself from vital wheat gluten.  Seitan is essentially pure gluten and doesn’t add much nutritional value, but it can be a delicious meaty ingredient.

                                                                           

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INGREDIENTS:


2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP rice vinegar
2 TBSP hoisin sauce or BBQ sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 TBSP corn starch
3/4 cup water or vegetable broth
Approx 2 cups broccoli, chopped
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped (Optional)
1 yellow onion coarsely chopped
Approx 1 cup of seitan, cut into 1 inch pieces (see the recipe for home-made seitan)
Optional: roasted peanuts for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

In a small saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, vegetable broth, garlic, ginger and corn starch over medium heat.  (Don't add the   hoisin or BBQ sauce yet; that comes later). 

Allow to simmer until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes, then set aside.

In a large dry non-stick wok or skillet, fry seitan either dry, or with a little water or with 2 tbsp extra soy sauce, until lightly browned, a few minutes. Add onions, pepper and broccoli (or whatever veggies you are using) and stir-fry another few minutes.  Don't over-cook veggies, they should be very crisp.

Add sauce mixture to the stir-fry and combine well, allowing to cook another 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is done cooking

At this point, stir in hoi-sin sauce or BBQ sauce.  (If this is done too early, the sugar in these ingredients tends to burn in the pan)

Serve with noodles or rice.
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                                                 The freshly made seitan before cooking:







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