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"Buddhist's Delight" StewBy Nava Atlas
Inspired by a favorite vegetarian Chinese restaurant dish, this stew is enhanced with protein-packed seitan. Made from cooked wheat gluten, seitan is sometimes called "wheat meat," as it resembles beef chunks. Though dense and chewy and somewhat "meaty," seitan is low in fat, quite high in protein, and its grainy flavor will likely not put off those who don't care for meat. Seitan is available in many natural food stores, packed in a tasty broth in the same type of sealed tubs in which tofu is often sold.
Drain the broth from the seitan (you'll likely get 3/4 to 1 cup) into a soup pot or large, steep-sided stir-fry pan. Cut the seitan into bite-sized chunks and set aside. Add the broccoli, green beans, carrots, and garlic. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the broccoli and green beans are bright green.
Cook the noodles according to package directions until al dente, then drain and cut into shorter lengths. Set aside until needed.
Meanwhile, add the broth and shiitake mushrooms, seitan, white mushrooms, and baby corn to the stew. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat. Cook over medium-high heat, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender-crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Put the cornstarch in a small bowl or mixing cup and stir in just enough of the liquid from the soup pot to smoothly dissolve it. Slowly pour into the soup pot and simmer just until the broth has thickened up. Stir in the soy sauce and noodles, and serve at once.
6 to 8 servings
Recipe reprinted with permission from:
Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons
by Nava Atlas.
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