Monday, April 14, 2014

Seitan Gyros and Pizza Quinoa Bites {Taft Tastemakers Seitan Review}

Who out there has tried seitan?

I had always been intrigued and interested in the non-meat protein. A few months back Taft Tastmakers sent me two different flavors to try out, one a Gyro Mediterranean and the other a sausage flavor.

I went with the typical option for the gyro flavor. I have to say, it's not a dead-on substitute for lamb meat in a gyro, but it really was pretty good!

Greek Seitan Gyros

Makes 2 full pita pockets

8-10 strips of gyro seitan
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 cup spring greens
1/4 of a red onion, sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
2 tbsp feta cheese
2 tbsp tzaztiki sauce
2 whole wheat pita pockets

1. Heat the strips of seitan in a pan until warm.
2. Fill the pita pockets with greens, tomato, cucumber, onion and seitan.
3. Top with tzatziki sauce and feta cheese.

Once I saw Kristin from Iowa Girls Eats publish a new post featuring the pizza quinoa bites, I knew the sausage seitan would be a great recipe to try it in. The sausage flavor was really good and a dead ringer for typical pork sausage in a pizza recipe.

Pizza Quinoa Bites with Sausage Seitan 
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Makes 24-32 mini cups

2 cups cooked quinoa
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped Taft Tastemakers Seitan
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
pizza sauce, for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 24 cup mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix all ingredients except the pizza sauce in a bowl and stir until combined well.
3. Fill the muffin tins to the top with the quinoa mixture.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
5. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.

Have you tried seitan before? I need some more ideas of how to use the non-meat option. Leave them for me in the comments!