I do most of the cooking in our house. Mostly because I am a control freak in the kitchen. Truth be told, Jason is probably a much better chef than I am. He’s good at throwing ingredients together and using spices and all that jazz. But he’s liberal with oils and sauces and what starts out as a healthy intention ends up being a calorie-laden meal. (Sorry, Jason, but you know it’s true sometimes!)
On the other hand, sometimes I get a little too health-minded and end up making things that just aren’t that good. While we’ll both usually eat whatever I’ve prepared, it doesn’t leave us satisfied. So recently I decided that I was going to cook more “normal” (but still healthy) stuff. At least when I’m cooking for both of us.
And then I made seitan. Totally what one would consider a normal food.
Sometimes when I’m bored, I’ll add recipes to my allrecipes.com recipe box. I know, I know, I lead an interesting life, right? Anyway, I was looking through the vegetarian recipes that got good reviews and Seitan Makhani (Vegan-Style Indian Butter Chicken) caught my eye. The first time that I ever really had Seitan (a meat substitute made mostly of wheat gluten and available near the tofu at the grocery store) was in Asheville at Plant, when I got a vegan Reuben sandwich. I liked it. Jason liked it. We like Indian food, so I thought I would try this. The ingredient list looks long, but it’s mostly spices, ones that I already had for that matter. My dish isn’t vegan because I used regular yogurt.
I definitely went out on a limb by making this.
And guess what? We both liked it. Probably because there was a thick sauce on the seitan, but it really tasted like chicken to me. Sometimes weird food can taste good. But I’m not going to press my luck and I’ll make something normal tomorrow.