MY GRANDMA’S BEEF AND POTATOES STEW!

Veganized.

I grew up on this superb meal: It was present on my family's Sunday lunch year-round. The incredible combination of simple staple ingredients is the key to this beautiful dish. You just gotta trust your veggies. Trust your spices and there you go!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!

• SEITAN MARINADE:
• 1 piece of seitan (250g/9 Oz)
• 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
• STEW:
• The marinated and braised seitan
• 1 tablespoon of oil
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 teaspoons of garlic blend
• 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
• Salt to taste
• Pepper to taste
• 1/4 teaspoon MSG (optional) or any umami flavor of your choice
• 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
• 2 tomatoes, chopped or 1 cup of tomato sauce
• 2 1/2 cups of veggie broth
• 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke or smoked paprika
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 carrot, chopped
• 2 potatoes, cubbed
• Lemon juice
• Fresh parsley

Instructions

  • 1.
    MAKE THE MARINADE:
  • 2.
    Cut the seitan into approximately 2-inch cubes, add in a plastic bag or a bowl with the remainder of the ingredients, let it marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour, best 24 hours or overnight.
  • 3.
    MAKE THE STEW:
  • 4.
    In a pot on medium heat, add the oil, add the onions and let them brown, add the garlic blend, stir for 40 seconds, add the tomato puree, sautee for 2 minutes, add the tomatoes, stir for 5 minutes, add the salt, pepper, MSG, oregano, turmeric, liquid smoke, bay leaf, and veggie broth, lower the heat to low, cover the pot and let it cook for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes break down.
  • 5.
    Meanwhile, braise the seitan by adding it in a pan along with its marinade and some olive oil, let it fry until brown on all sides. Reserve.
  • 6.
    Uncover the pot, add the carrots, let them cook for about 5 minutes, or until fork-tender, add the potatoes, let them cook until fork-tender, add the braised seitan, finish with fresh parsley, and a few more drops of lemon juice.
  • 7.
    Serve it with a side of salad and noodles or rice and enjoy it!
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