9 seitan recipes to celebrate the first World Meat-Free Day


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The concept of Meatless Mondays is hardly new, but today marks the first time a campaign urges people across the globe to go meat-free for the day. If you decide to take the pledge, and are wondering what the heck you're supposed to eat now, don't worry, we've got your back. Vegetarianism is a lot more than a bowl of mushy, flavorless peas, promise. There are plenty of meat replacements that deliver maximum flavor. Here, for example, we round up nine recipes that will have you saying, "Hail Seitan!"

And remember, you don't have to agree with the campaign's mission statement. These recipes will come in handy if buying meat is proving to be too much for your budget or if you're looking to lower your calorie intake or give you arteries and digestive track a break from too much meat.

It's okay to be a little selfish and take care of your body and your wallet!


1. Barbecued Seitan Ribs & BBQ Sauce

Cook Eat Delicious 

These barbecue ribs by Cook Eat Delicious not only look like the real thing. They taste like rib meat sans bone. Go on, take a bite. If you're willing to go meat-free, you may as well be adventurous and try what's out there.


2. Broccoli and Seitan Stir Fry

She Knows 

This broccoli and seitan stir fry rivals the "real" thing. This recipe by She Knows is a good one to bookmark for when you can't splurge on takeout but really want some Chinese food.


3. Brisket

Happy Healthy Long Life 

You don't have to wait until St. Patrick's Day rolls around to make some seitan brisket to enjoy on its own or in a yummy Reuben sandwich. Go nuts. You can do anything.


4. Seitan Enchiladas with Green Chili Sauce

Epicurean Vegan 

Pledge? What pledge? One bite of these spicy babies from Epicurean Vegan and you won't even realize you're being healthy.


5. Vegan Gyro


The thing about seitan is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Chicken? No problem. Beef? Hell yeah. Pork? Now we're talkin'. It's also very easy to cut it into strips. Gyros ahoy? Gyros ahoy! This recipe from Delightful-Delicious-Delovely is full of win.


6. Vegan Buffalo Wings

JL Goes Vegan 

But of course we're going to have a vegan chicken wings recipe. We love this one from JL Goes Vegan.


7. Jamaican Jerk Seitan

Forbidden Rice Bowl 

Here's one recipe that will make vegans and vegetarians who miss a plate of jerk chicken jump for joy and sing with glee. Thank you forever, Forbidden Rice Bowl!


8. Slow Cooker Beefy Seitan Pot Roast with Vegetables

Idiot's Guide 

Can't go without that roast? No problem. Idiot's Guide cooks some seitan on top of chunks of vegetables, which are bathed in a savory broth that’s later thickened into a scrumptious gravy. You'll be wanting seconds for sure.


9. Sambal Seitan Skewers


You could say that Erin Wysocarski, the food blogger behind Bloglovin', wasn't entirely sold on seitan. The few prepared brands she's tried weren't terrible, but they hardly knocked her socks off. Then she saw these skewers on an issue of Bon Appétit magazine, and decided to develop her own seitan. After a few experiments with different flours, she found that cutting the vital wheat gluten with a blend of chickpea and whole wheat pastry flours yielded a soft yet sturdy texture that holds up nicely on the grill. As for the final results? Bingo, baby.