Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vegan MoFo, Day 26: Bibimbap bap bap

OMG, please don't tell me that this isn't Bibimbap because I don't have real meat or an oozey egg in it! LOL I can't take another "foodie"-type put down. My achy little self-worth can't possibly bear another stab to the heart. The impetus for my Vegan MoFo theme this year was enough to piss me off for weeks.

That being said, this is Bibimbap my way, biatches.

"*Double-Take* Is That Meat?"
serves 3

1/2 lb. of Simple Seitan from VCON, pg 131-32 (I made 1 pound, saved 1/2 for later)
4 sliced mushrooms
Earth Balance butter or coconut spread (I used the coconut spread)
1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 carrot, shredded
4 green onions, sliced
sriracha to your liking (there's a more traditional sauce, but I said "fuck it." and threw some sriracha on top. As I said, this is bibimbap MY way, yo!)
2 cups fresh baby spinach

2 cups jasmine rice
4 cups water
pinch of salt

Before doing anything, get that seitan formed and poaching! It takes an hour and a half, so chop chop! After it is poached and cooling in a strainer, start your rice.

Prep your cukes, carrots, and green onions and set aside. In a small pan, steam the baby spinach (I had my steamer basket perched over my smallest sauce pan with my largest lid on top. Quite a sight!

Cut the seitan "loaves" into thin slices. In a skillet, saute the seitan in Earth Balance butter or coconut spread, turning each slice until browned. Add the mushrooms and more butter/coconut spread, if needed. As I've said before, mushrooms are stingy bastards and will dry out a pan fast!

Once the seitan and mushrooms are browned, add the soy sauce. The pan should be hot, so the soy sauce will sort of carmelize on the seitan and mushrooms. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl, scoop in some rice, and in separate "quadrants," top the rice with the seitan/mushrooms, steamed spinach, sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, green onions, and sriracha in the middle. You are free to eat each in turn, but it's more fun to stir it all together!

I brought a serving to work today and got some awesome comments. They always say that my food smells so good. I'm planning on bringing Black Cat Cookies from Hannah Kaminsky's Vegan Desserts for our Halloween Party Day on Friday :)