Vegan + Delicious = Blasphemy! Many dishes which get around dietary restrictions swap key ingredients and leave the dish lacking in taste. The sign of a successful replacement ingredient is approval by a third party unbound by those restrictions. I am in no way a vegan and tend to stay away from vegetables and other green things, but my curiosity got the better of me when I saw Gardein Beefless Strips at the grocery.
This dish was really quite tasty and it wasn’t as heavy a dish as the non-vegan version, so give it a try no matter what your diet (though not gluten-free because the beefless strips are made of wheat gluten, sometimes called Seitan). The fake beef strips have a meaty texture and flavor, making it a magical substitution. It was a perfect meal after seeing the wonderful film, Chef, which will make you salivate for 115 minutes. Check out the recipe below:
- Sauté some diced onion and peppers until golden brown
- Deglaze the pan with a mixture of soy sauce, water and any flavorful liquid of your choice and add in beefless strips
- When the strips are heated through add in plain cooked rice and stir well
- Season (with pepper, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, etc. ) to taste and enjoy!