RE: tempeh or seitan
Posted Monday, March 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM
Tempeh (pronounced TEM-pay) is made from soybeans and grains, usually rice. It's pressed into cakes and fermented. It has a kind of nutty taste, and is a good source of protein. You can make all kinds of things out of it, either sliced or crumbled.
There's a recipe for Tempeh Tostadas in Dr. Barnard's book Breaking the Food Seduction that's really really good:
Seitan (pronounce SAY-TAN) is wheat gluten--which is another way of saying it's just the protein of whole wheat, with everything else rinsed away. What's left is a chewy dough that's simmered or steamed/baked until it firms into a meaty texture. You can buy it in tubs like tofu (in the cold section of the grocery) or make your own from the flour, which is called Vital Wheat Gluten. It's usually in the baking aisle.
Lots of good recipes for that too. It's good in stir fries or with pasta sauce, etc., for example. Meat eaters tend to like it best out of all the "mock meats."
Hope that helps. Have fun trying new stuff!