Seitan with Blood Orange and Almonds

So today I went to something called #NegozioLeggero, where you can find lots of bio products without packaging and along with lots of other stuff I bought some Saitan.Which is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat which is a good alternative to soybean-based meat substitutes such as tofu, which I like because has a very chewy texture. Already made Saitain in shops here is very expensive but the Negozio Leggero offers a great alternative, you can buy seitan flour and just add water, saving on packaging and cost...so happy days. Now Saitan is not the most flavorsome food, my uncle describes it as 'shoe sole', indeed the color is quite similar. But if you cook it well is a great substitute and with this recipe you can even trick a meat eater to eat it, like I just did with my dad.  


Ingredients for 4 

500 g of Saitan (160 g of Seitan Mix with 250ml of water) 
1 Large red onion
2 Blood oranges
1 Lemon
1 Clove of Garlic 
1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tablespoon of flour 
10 Almonds 
A pinch of sugar
Salt & Pepper t.t.

Let's get on with this

  • If you have to make the Seitan mix 160 g of flour mix with 250 ml of water, let it rest for 15 minutes and the steam it for another 15 minutes 
  • Prepare a juice with the lemon and the orange
  • In a pan put some oil the onion and the garlic adding the balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar and cook until translucent 
  • Add the Seitan and the juice let it cook for a few minutes then carefully add the tablespoon of flour and the almonds, mix it well salt to taste and serve adding some zest and fresh parsley 

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