People ask me all the time, since I stopped eating meat over 5 years ago, if I ever miss it. My answer? Absolutely not! There are so many vegan meats that taste just like (and often better than) their non-vegan counterparts. One of my all-time favorites is seitan, a cruelty-free meat made of wheat protein that is super versatile and is sure to fool any omnivore with its taste and texture. Upton’s Naturals makes some of the best seitan in my opinion, and I have been in love with their products ever since my first bite.
One of the tastiest of their seitan flavors is the Italian, which goes fantastically on top of a pizza, mixed with spaghetti, or even in a vegan meatball sub. Keep reading on to learn more about all the different varieties and some ideas on how you can prepare them.
Upton’s Traditional Seitan is always a great place to start even if you’re not familiar with seitan in the first place. It’s adds a “meatiness” to any dish and it’s really takes on the flavors of foods and seasonings that you cook it with. I’ve used the traditional variety in a lot of ways: in a burrito bowl, veggie stir fry with rice, in tacos, and in this “beef” with broccoli dish with a little added garlic and soy sauce. It’s phenomenal, really.
The Chorizo Seitan is incredibly flavorful on its own. It has a bit of a kick or spice to it, so it’s perfect with nachos, “beefy” mac n daiya cheese, on pizza and even in tacos with avocado, tomato and your other favorite toppings. It isn’t overly spicy but it works great in Mexican-style recipes, and it comes crumbled so you can easily add it to any dish.
The Ground Seitan can be used the same way you might use any “ground” type of meat.As a bonus, 1/4 of a package contains only 100 calories, 15g of protein, and only 1.5g of fat. Meat doesn’t even come close to this seitan nutrition-wise. I tried the ground type in a burger with veggies and a soy-peanut sauce I created and it was truly fantastic! I’ve also had it with stir fries, and in a spaghetti bolognese type of dish. All were really tasty and super quick to prepare.
The Bacon Seitan looked a little different than I expected, but I found that cooking it really gave it a “bacon-like” flavor and chewy texture. I came up with everything from a bacon mac n cheese, to this BLAT sandwich (BLT with avocado), in a salad, and even as a date wrapped in bacon (which was such a decadent treat, but still much healthier than using a non-vegan bacon).
Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway, I’m so happy that so many of you participated! The lucky winner, who I randomly selected, is Melissa A. Check your email to claim your prize. As for the rest of you, stay tuned for more reviews and giveaways to come!