Recipe Review: Baked Seitan from “Vegan on the Cheap”

One of the features of this site is going to be a review of the new recipes that I’m trying on my quest to become a vegan. It’s nice to see a bunch of recipes and try them out yourself, but it’s also nice to be able to see what other people thought of them, and see what problems they had. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to know that you weren’t the only one who thought a recipe was difficult, or you might want to know how easy it was for someone else to cook something before you try it yourself. So that is what I will be doing with the Recipe Reviews on this site. I will not be sharing the recipes, as those belong to the authors, but I will share the name of the recipe, the source of the recipe, and any substitutions I made. And now, for my first review:

Recipe Name: Baked Seitan on the cheap Source of Recipe: Vegan on the Cheap
Recipe Creator: Robin Robertson

Ease of Finding Ingredients: 3/5
Cheapness of Ingredients: 4/5
Ease of Following Recipe: 5/5
Opinion Results: 5/5

Overall Score: 17/20

I was really pleased with this recipe. I’ve tried tempeh and tofu multiple times, but I’ve never really found a way to enjoy either of those. While it’s of course possible to be a vegan without liking any of these substitutes for meat, it seemed like life would be more enjoyable if I found at least one of the big three that I enjoyed.

And that is why I’m so glad that I found this recipe. I’ve had this book for a while now, but I hadn’t gotten around to trying this recipe yet. It was incredibly easy to make. Just blended up the wet ingredients, mixed up the dry ingredients, and then kneaded the wet and dry ingredients together. Super easy to make, and I ended up with a nice large loaf that was actually quite tasty. The nutritional yeast required a special trip to the farmer’s market, but it ended up working out well, because while I was there I managed to find a giant tub of vital wheat gluten for a fraction of what it cost at the grocery store.

I am very happy with my first seitan loaf. I will definitely be making this again!