Food and Drink

Mock Beef Stew Recipe

You don’t have to use beef to make a good stew. This variation uses seitan, or wheat gluten, instead, for a healthy, hearty lunch or dinner.

Servings: 6 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


2 Tablespoons oil

1 pound seitan (wheat gluten), cubed

2 cups vegetable stock or water

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 bay leaves OR 1 t oregano

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

½ cup burgundy or other strong red wine

1 Tablespoon maple syrup

dash pepper

dash paprika

dash allspice, cloves, or nutmeg

1 pound carrots, sliced

1 pound potatoes, cubed

1 stalk celery, sliced

1 Tablespoon flour



  1. Heat the oil, add seitan, and sauté until nicely brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, bring stock to a boil. Add remaining ingredients except flour. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are cooked, 20-30 minutes. Add more stock or water as needed. Remove bay leaves.
  3. Take a couple Tablespoons of liquid from the stew and put into bowl. Whisk in the flour until dissolved, then add to stew. Cook another 3-4 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Stir in the seitan and serve.

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