At the time of this post (April 2013), all items reviewed here were vegan. Be sure to check the packaging when purchasing since products and ingredients may have changed.
We made a curried lentil & squash stew served with lightly fried Taiwanese scallion pancakes and Curry Recipe Satay by Sweet Earth Natural Foods. The 8 oz. curry satay seitan is vegan, plant-based, low-fat and protein-packed. It has shelf life of 90 days in the fridge.
Sweet Earth Natural Foods makes plant-based seitan in three flavors and different cuts:
1. Curry Recipe Seitan Satay
2. Chipotle Style Seitan Strips
3. Chipotle Style Ground Seitan
4. Traditional Seitan Strips
5. Traditional Ground Seitan
6. Traditional Seitan Slices
Based in California, Sweet Earth Natural Foods has been making plant-based and natural foods since 1978. They carry four vegan burritos packed with protein and global flavors. In addition to burritos, Sweet Earth Natural Foods also makes vegan veggie burgers, soups, vegan pies, sesame square bars, and seitan products in three flavors: traditional, curry and chipotle, and in four ready cuts: slices, strips, ground and satay.
where to buy
Sweet Earth Natural Foods seitan products are available in natural food stores in California, the Pacific Northwest, and parts of Arizona. You can check out their list of locations on their website, sweetearthfoods.com. If you do not see a store in your area, notify them where you are via e-mail at info(at)sweetearthfoods.com, or email ZenFarmer(at)sweetearthfoods.com your zip code, and they will send you the nearest store.
Ingredients for curry recipe satay:
Water, vital wheat gluten, natural soy sauce [water, non-GMO soybeans, wheat, salt], lemon juice, apple juice, evaporated cane juice (organic), toasted sesame oil, tomato puree, brown rice syrup, ginger, onion, jalapeño, garlic, sea salt, spices, and kombu.
Contains: Wheat, soy, and sesame oil. | Manufactured in a facility that processes: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds.
Out of the package, these were easy to prepare. If you have skewers available you can skewer them, dress with a bit of oil and grill them up. You could just as easily grill or sauté them whole or cubed. We skewered ours and found that they browned up nicely. Given that the Curry Satay is nicely soft and moist, adding a bit of oil to the cooking process will ensure that they develop a delicious crispy skin.
The satay carries a distinct curry flavor without being overwhelming, in fact I consider it a milder and almost sweet curry, making them especially enjoyable with something a bit spicy. If you are like us and like a bit of heat, serve with a side of sambal oelek or sriracha. The texture is firm, without being tough, and moist without being spongy or soggy. I love them with something a bit dry like a naan, flatbread, toasted wrap or atop a bit of rice.
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