Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sesame Crusted Seitan

It has taken some time, but I am finally getting back into the cooking groove for myself and enjoying the low fat/calorie way of life. Or should I say lower fat/calorie way of life. It is about moderation. I firmly believe we need good fats in our diet and work each day to include them into my menu in small portions.

I enjoy Gomasio. I make mine with bulk organic sesame seeds, nori and celtic sea salt. I toast all of the the above and use it as is. I don't grind it. You can grind it, but I like the flavor bursts of the sesame seeds. I use this for good fat and flavor on and in foods.

I made some Seitan for the week and used part of it for lunch today. I dipped it in my homemade, low fat "goddess" dressing and then coated that with a cornflake crumb/gomasio mixture. I let it sit for a bit, then baked it for around 25 minutes at 400. I cut part of it into chunks, for me and used a "breast" of seitan for my husband.

For Mark's lunch, I made a quick salad of baby spinach, red cabbage, red peppers, carrots, gomasio, caramelized onions and the seitan "breast". I topped his salad with a mixture of mayo, siracha, garlic and lime juice.

My salad was a bit more modest; served on a salad plate. I used Siracha and Lime Juice as my dressing and only used about half of the "breast" of seitan, which I cut into chunks and baked with the cornmeal/gomasio mixture. I also added 1/4 of an avocado to the salad after I started eating it because it seemed very dry. It was delicious.

I had some seitan leftover, so I made a quick low calorie/fat sweet and sour sauce to store it in. I will use this for a meal later on in the week... or a snack for one of my kids.

For dinner tonight, (I made this after lunch, hence the plastic storage container) I made a quick sauce out of leftover seitan cooking liquid, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sherry, garlic chili sauce, lime juice, toasted sesame oil, cornstarch and water... I boiled a 14 oz of firm tofu in it for around 20 minutes, then took the tofu out and baked it. I cooked 1 lb of broccoli , 1 onion, 2 cups red cabbage and 2 carrots in the leftover sauce.. then added the baked tofu to it. I served it over Jasmine rice for my kids. I didn't eat any rice. It was soooooo good. My kids begged me to make it again. I admit, I was impressed too. It tasted so decadent, but it wasn't. I only used around 2 tsp of oil for the whole dish. It's kind of funny, because I hadn't planned on making it a "diet" dish, but I am so used to cooking that way that it was second nature to me.
I adore my cast iron skillet.

Mommy! I'm being so good. Are you going to feed me yummy tofu? Please?????

Peace out

"There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is 'bring them on'."

- George W Bush

July 2, 2003


  1. I love the various colors of food. I have a simple marinade like what is on your tofu that I tried with a noodle dish, we enjoyed it.

  2. That is such a pretty salad.

    It sounds like you are doing really well with the healthy eating thing. Are you still following Weight Watchers? Sometimes it takes a little while to get into the 'diet' (for lack of a better word) cooking groove, but once you're there, it's so much fun!

  3. I love the purple/orange/green color combo in those salads :)

    Happy Friday!

  4. Oh, your salads look beautiful! I love that seasoning blend you talked about--how easy, and I never would have thought of it before! I'll give it a try. Your tofu dish that was a great success sounds like something I would like to play around with myself. And your seitan looks wonderful, of course--even though I still have never made seitan.

  5. Hello???? can we get the recipe for the goshimo cursted seitan? that looks AMAZING!!!

  6. I second TK's request!! Please?? The salad plates you made look so pretty and attractive. How could it go uneaten? You sound as if you are doing very well with WW. I wish I had you around to cook my meals.
    As always, I love the pet photos. Simon will eat tofu. He loves the stuff!

  7. Looks beautiful and delicious as always! I'm going to try the gomashio with the sesame seeds whole.

  8. Mmmm, everything looks great. I love gomasio too. My vote is with the doggie- I want some tofu!

    I too have been really sensitive to GW's neverending belligerence lately. Thanks for the reminders and images at the end of your post!

  9. I love your salads with all the beautiful colors. It all sounds very healthful!

  10. The Seitan looks so good and so does the tofu. Mmmmmm! Your dog looks so cute.

  11. aww you need to throw the puppy some tofu!!

    Glad to see things are still going well for you :)


  12. sesame seitan sounds/looks so yummy & way fabulous on the salads. don't we have a "brilliant" president? i get furious every time i think of this giant mess he's gotten us into -- you really capture it with the quote & photo...

  13. I'm back! I just wanted to say a couple of things. First, about the bran flakes - they worked great! I was so surprised actually. I never have plain corn flakes in my house and can't see buying a whole box just to coat a couple of pieces of tofu every month or so. The other thing is about the Vegenaise. I think this will be the last jar I purchase. It is far too tempting. I just bought the jar 2 weeks ago and we are already almost halfway through it. I never went through regular mayo that quickly but the Vegenaise is just too good!

  14. These pics make me hungry

  15. love the colors, great photos!

  16. the colors in that salad are soooo vibrant!