Friday, November 19, 2010

Chile-Lime Tortilla Soup with Seitan

I've made seitan a few times but, until now, I only made the kind that you roll up in foil and steam. Today I felt like trying a different method -- boiling it in broth on the stovetop. I used the Chick'n Seitan recipe from a new cookbook I picked up, Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations

I felt like I was doing a science experiment, as the seitan doubled in size right before my eyes. It was super easy, although you do have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't bubble over or absorb all the liquid and stick to the bottom of the pan. The end result looks so appealing, doesn't it?  It's OK, though, because it can be transformed into something beautiful.

Well, it's not exactly beautiful (I couldn't get a good pic because Mr. Grabby Hands Jackson kept trying to sneak a taste) but it tasted awesome. It's the Chile-Lime Tortilla Soup from 1000 Vegan Recipes. I didn't have any corn tortillas so I just crushed some corn chips. Tortillas would've been better, but the wind was all crazy and I didn't feel like bundling up the babies to go buy one item. I'll definitely be making this soup all winter. I love how the strong lime flavor contrasts with the spicy chiles and creamy avocado.

Wow, we've made it through Week 3 of Vegan MoFo -- and I didn't even have to resort to filling out any surveys this week.  Amazing!  This weekend, I gotta plan my Thanksgiving menu. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, have you made your menu yet?

Have a great weekend!


  1. I need to try making my own seitan again, I spend way too much money on ready-made kinds!

  2. LOVE tortilla soup!

    Ha ha! I half-resorted to filling out a survey today. I combined it with a small food post. I'm not anywhere near being "over" MoFo, but it was nice to take it easy for a day!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. I actually just boiled my seitan for the first time today too. I swear there's so many different ways to cook seitan : ]

  4. I have only made seitan by boiling it - this is the first time I hear about steaming it. :) The soup sounds yummy!

  5. good work on the seitan! that soup looks really amazing. Pretty much sounds like what I'm in the mood for right now!