On the budget front, we have roughly two whole dollars left. Tomorrow, I’ll scan in the receipt from tonight’s purchases. The Literate Zombie picked up tortilla chips, salsa and bananas. With only two days left in the first week of Vegan MoFo, it looks like we’re going to narrowly slide under our $45 budget while having a different dinner each night *fingers crossed*
Tonight’s meal had a very special appearance: homemade BBQ sauce! We planned to have BBQ Seitan but ended up making a vegan take on “p*rk and beans”. I, Fruit Killer, actually did the cooking tonight as it wasn’t the first thing he wanted to do coming home from a Saturday night shift in a restaurant.
I only used half of the seitan portion left from the batch I made on Tuesday. So judging from that, we know we can easily get 4 meals out of a seitan loaf made from one box of Vital Wheat Gluten. I cut the seitan into small chunks and browned it in olive oil. After 5 minutes or so, I added the proper cooked pinto beans I made on Thursday with the cooking stock in its container. I covered it with a lid and let it come to a boil. The bean-seitan mix hung out over the medium flame until all of the liquid was absorbed, leaving a thick consistency.
This is where the truth was revealed; where we found out whether the Literate Zombie’s homemade BBQ sauce was going to make or break this dish…
IT. WAS. AMAZING. This is the closest replicated dish [where its original-counterpart contained meat] we’ve ever made! Perfectly seasoned, the sauce had a tang with a hint of sweet brown sugar. He made this when I whipped up the batch of seitan, so its been sitting in the fridge, marinating in itself for almost 5 days. Spot-on perfection [We’ll post a recipe soon!]
So I added the BBQ sauce and it was super thick. To thin it out, I took the saucy jar, ran some filtered water into it, swished it around to get the sauce up on the sides of the glass incorporated and added it to the pot with the beans and seitan. It ended up being one of those eery dishes where your brain sees a non-vegan dish when it’s really looking at a completely animal-free meal.
Everything was perfectly coated in the delicious sauce. The beans were soft while the seitan’s chew was tender, not bouncy like a sponge or rubbery like, well…rubber. This is in our cooking arsenal from now on! I am ever so glad that we wrote down the recipe for the sauce and again, we will post it soon.
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