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Friday, July 1, 2011

Seitan Alfredo

I’ve never been a very big fan of Alfredo pasta sauce or garlic so today’s recipe may surprise some of my family members. Yesterday I worked until 8:30pm and when I got home, my husband was complaining that he was hungry (maybe he forgot how the stove works). I have to admit, it’s been awhile since I went grocery shopping so we didn’t have much in the house. I decided to throw some seitan and veggies in a pan and cook some pasta. Now I know he’s getting tired of tomato-based pasta sauces so I decided to try something new. After throwing some things together, I came up with the recipe below. I wasn’t planning on eating anything that late at night but after trying the sauce, I gave in and had some with pasta and mushrooms. Try it and see what you think!

What You Need

½ box of pasta (I used angel hair), cooked according to directions on box
½ cup green bell peppers, sliced
½ cup red bell peppers, sliced
½ cup yellow or orange bell peppers, sliced
½ cup white onion, sliced
½-1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1-2 tablespoons McCormick Perfect Pinch Vegetable Seasoning (or more, to taste)
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 pinches of basil leaves

What You Do

~ In a medium or large skillet (I used a wok), heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add seitan and cook on medium heat until the outside starts to brown (about 10-15 minutes).

~ Add the onions, peppers, mushrooms and vegetable seasoning and sauté on medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

~ Reduce heat to simmer and saute for another 10 minutes. Now is the perfect time to make the Alfredo sauce.

Alfredo Sauce

What You Need

½ cup vegan butter
½ cup vegan cream cheese (I used Tofutti)
1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ cup soy
½ cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya pepperjack flavor)
1-2 teaspoons corn starch (to thicken)
1 teaspoon McCormick vegetable seasoning

What You Do

~ In a small saucepan, on low heat, melt butter. Add cream cheese and whisk until it melts.

~ Mix in garlic powder, seasoning, milk and half the corn starch. Lastly, whisk in cheese and continue cooking until the cheese melts. If sauce seems thin, add more corn starch.

~ Remove from heat and allow sauce to thicken for about 5 minutes before serving.

Pour sauce over pasta and seitan/vegetable mix and top with a pinch of basil leaves. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds very good- tell me, what has your biggest challange been while changing to vegan diet? I love discovering new foods and making recipes healthy,
    Keep the entries comming, I enjoy your postings!