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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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!