What the Heck is Seitan?


My editor. Who is way cooler than me has been hanging out on tiktok lately. And she says she's seen lots and lots of videos about cooking with satan. Apparently this meat substitute is having a bit of a moment. But i think there are still plenty of people who are still unfamiliar with this ingredient. And what the heck is it. How does it stack up nutritionally. And how do you eat it. Satan spelled s. e. I. t. a. n. is not a new thing. The word is japanese and it was coined about fifty years ago by one of the proponents of the macrobiotic diet. But the food that it refers to has been a staple in asian cultures for at least fifteen centuries. I remember seeing it but not buying it at the food cop that i belong to as an undergraduate at boston university now. That wasn't quite fifteen centuries ago but it was still long before the days of whole foods stores and yoga studios on every corner back then food co-ops and health food in general occupied sort of a fringe culture leftover from the age of aquarius. Today of course it's another story. Plant based in plant. Forward diets have become relatively mainstream. And you're much more likely to run across satan at your local grocery store. It's often next to the tofu or the plant based meat alternatives. If your local grocery doesn't carry it you might need to seek out a health food store a food co-op and yes. They still exist or an asian grocer. You can even make your own and have more about that in just a minute. Is most frequently used as a meat substitute in vegetarian diets. It has sort of a stringy chewy texture that makes it a fairly good substitute for meat. Unlike some meat substitutes however it's a decent source of protein but the source of the protein may surprise you because satan is made from wheat

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