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Chick Seitan Salad

Upton's Naturals Chick Seitan Salad Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.comIf you’ve been following this blog for a while, then it’s probably no mystery that I’m a fan of Upton’s Naturals. In fact, you can check out a previous review I did on all their seitan varieties right on this blog. If you aren’t familiar with Upton’s Naturals, then I’ll give you a brief summary on their products. Upton’s makes a variety of vegan meats made out of seitan, that come in flavors including Chorizo, Italian, and even Bacon. Seitan is made out of wheat protein, so it’s high in protein but low in fat and you prepare it just like you would any traditional meats. Upton’s Naturals recently came out with a Chick Seitan, that I was really excited to try out. This one actually has chickpeas in the ingredients, and it definitely has a distinct flavor from the other seitan varieties. Inevitably, I came up with this Chick Seitan Salad recipe that’s super high in protein and made with ingredients you likely have on-hand already. All you need is the seitan and you’re basically good to go! Continue reading

Upton's Naturals Chick Seitan Salad Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.comUpton's Naturals Chick Seitan Salad Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.comBecause of the chickpeas in the ingredients, I was inspired to make a vegan version of chicken salad. This one uses store-bought vegan mayo and it’s completely cholesterol free. I recommend using the original Just Mayo from Whole Foods, or you can go for Vegenaise or your other favorite plant-based mayo. I mixed the seitan and chickpeas with other ingredients I like such as carrots, tomato, celery, beets and bell pepper. I recommend adding some dried dill and other herbs such as parsley, along with lemon juice, freshly cracked pepper and sea salt for added flavor. You can eat it as-is or serve on top of a bed of lettuce, have with crackers, or enjoy inside a sandwich. It’s sure to not disappoint either way!

Upton's Naturals Chick Seitan Salad Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
What I love about this salad is the pairing of the creamy dressing with the chewy and crunchy textures of seitan and veggies. I think it’s better when chilled for a couple of hours before serving, but that’s just me. Luckily it transports really well, according to my mom who took some to have for lunch at work. This would also be a delicious addition to your next picnic (it makes about twice as much as pictured FYI), to share with a friend or loved one. Let me know in the comments below…what would you have with this Chick Seitan Salad?

Chick Seitan Salad
A high-in-protein, super easy meal to have ready for your next picnic!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pack Upton’s Naturals Chik Seitan
  2. 2 Tbs Vegan Mayo
  3. Diced carrot, celery, cooked beets, tomato, red onion and pickles
  4. 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  5. 1/4 tsp dried dill
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
  7. squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  8. 1 tsp mustard
  9. Romaine lettuce, for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Remove the Chick Seitan from the package and tear/crumble into a small bowl. Cook the seitan by microwaving for about 1 minute and 30 seconds, or until warmed throughout. Set aside to cool, and meanwhile assemble the salad.
  2. 2. Drain, rinse and strain the chickpeas if using a canned variety, then mix with the diced vegetables. In a separate bowl, mix together the vegan mayo, dried dill, salt and pepper, lemon juice, and mustard. Add the cooled Chick Seitan to the chickpea and vegetable mixture, then add in the mayo mix and stir well.
  3. 3. After mixing everything, store in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Enjoy on top of a bed of romaine lettuce, have in a sandwich, or enjoy as a side to your favorite picnic foods.
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Upton’s Naturals Seitan Giveaway (Closed)

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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.  Continue reading

IMG_4613One 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!