Today's recipe would pair beautifully with the aforementioned salty margarita, without turning your kitchen into a sauna. On a personal note, I love using the slow cooker! I'm a preparer, a planner and few things give me such joy as coming home to a home-cooked meal, ready to go! Using a slow cooker is often much more energy efficient than using the oven or stovetop and you won't need to crank up your air con to try and cool off your place. It's a win for both your belly and energy conservation! As a side note, a guiso is technically a stew, and usually each different region is Mexico has its own special guisos. You can use this recipe in several different ways - use it as a fajita, taco or burrito filling or pair it with quinoa or rice for a filling main dish.
For those unfamiliar, seitan is made from wheat gluten and is also known as "wheat meat". It is very tasty and has a great chewy type texture - perfect for stews, fajitas and picatas. For my gluten-freedom warriors out there, feel free to sub out the seitan for another protein - I'm certain the results will be just as tasty!
Chipotle Seitan Guiso (stew)
What you'll need
1 TBSP olive oil
1 package of prepared Seitan (you can use tofu, tempeh or beans if you're gluten-free)
1 bell pepper of your choice, seeded and sliced
1 onion, I used a yellow onion, but red would be nice too
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 TBSPS soy sauce or Braggs
1 TBSP chipotle chile powder, or less, if you're averse to spiciness
1/3 cup veggie broth (or water)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh cilantro, chopped
What you do
Drizzle the olive oil in the crockpot. Combine the veggies in your crockpot and then lay the Seitan pieces on top.
In a separate bowl, combine the soy sauce (or Bragg's), chipotle chile powder and broth and then pour it over the Seitan and veggies. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, I used a smoked salt because I'm obsessed with it as of late. If you like a smoky kick, but don't have smoked sea salt, try adding a little bit of liquid smoke instead-remember, a little goes a long way!
Put the lid on and set the crockpot to low for 6-8 hours. Then go to work, for a hike, watch a movie, whatever- this is the best part! Just a few minutes before you're ready to serve, squeeze in your lime juice and top with cilantro and avocado!
Don't get me wrong, I love cooking elaborate, fancy meals, but sometimes, especially on week nights, it's nice to do something simple and healthful and delicious! Healthy eating does not have to be complicated!
Namaste and Bon Appetit!