A couple of days ago I went to the Hague to meet with my friend M. I.. My beloved husband advised me not to return home unless I brought him gazpacho soup from Marqt. I really wish marqt sponsored me or payed me to write about them, but they don’t. And I wish they did, because their products are quite expensive but quite awesome at the same time as well. Which leads to me becoming really poor every time I enter the place. So last Thursday, after the coffee, I went to marqt and bought gazpacho soup, but I also bought a huge block of marinated seitan. Unfortunately I do not remember the brand, but it was marinated in some sort of soy sauce.
Seitan is a great plant-based source of protein and a nice alternative if you are allergic to soy or want to consume it in moderation. I also got some organic oyster (aka pleurotus) mushrooms from our local grocery store and decided to make a meal out of the two. You can find seitan in your local health food store and it usually comes in blocks or in jars, cut in pieces.
So here is what you need to do to prepare this dish:
- A seitan stake or a cup of seitan bites per person
- Soy sauce
- 2-4 tablespoons olive oil plus another 4 tablespoons
- 2 cups oyster mushrooms, cut in stripes (you can easily shred them by hand)
- the lemon juice of 1/2 lemon
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of pepper
- a pinch of oregano
- Heat half the olive oil in a pan and fry on low heat the seitan for 5 minutes from each side.
- While it cooks, you can prepare the mushrooms. Heat the other half of the olive oil in a pot or pan with a lid.
- Put in the mushrooms, lemon juice and spice and cover.
- By the time the seitan is ready, the mushrooms will be ready too.
- Serve the mushrooms on top of the stake, add a bit of soy sauce if you want and enjoy!
You can enjoy your seitan steak with mashed potatoes and mustard as well, if you are feeling particularly hungry.
IMPORTANT: Seitan is basically gluten, so if you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac’s disease, stay away from it!