My friend Erica came over to dinner a few weeks ago and I cooked up this meal. It was SUPER easy and she liked it so much that she made it for dinner later that week too!
That was also the day I made the fluffy pb frosted brownies, which she got to sample. Lucky girl
She brought one home to her bf and he apparently gave it a thumbs up!
Since Nate doesn’t like the taste of beef, and I hate touching raw chicken, I’m always experimenting with new protein forms. We both love seitan so I picked some up at Whole Foods assuming we’d find a use for it. I went to use it, thinking it was sliced in pieces, but it was actually ground.
I had never had ground seitan before but it was actually a really perfect substitute for ground beef! I love the texture it added to this dish and I’ll definitely be making it again. Be sure to serve it over a big bowl of white (my fave) or brown rice. Mmmm mmm!
Also, I finished another pet portrait! This one was a present for my parents of their long-haired mini dachsund, Sparky. I think it’s my best one yet!
- zest from one orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice (juice the orange you zested and add water to get to 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 3/4 lb fresh green beans, ends cut and trimmed into 2-inch pieces
- 2 red peppers, sliced thin and cut into 2-inch strips
- 1 lb ground seitan
- 2 scallions, chopped
- In a medium bowl, whisk the orange zest, juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, ginger and cornstarch.
- In a large nonstick pan, heat oil over med-hi heat. Add green beans and peppers and cook for about 3 min. Add seitan and cook til beans are crisp tender.
- With a slotted spoon, transfer everything to a large bowl.
- Give the orange juice mixture a stir and add it to the pan. Cook, scraping up any brown bits until thickened, about 2 min.
- Add veggies and seitan back to pan, along with any juices. Warm through.
- Serve over white or brown rice to soak up all that yummy sauce!