This gorgeous meal would work well as a weeknight dinner, or even leftovers throughout the week. The best part is that the only fresh ingredients you need are asparagus and onions, and since it’s spring, you should be grabbing them anyway! So eat up :)
quick dinner: sticky sweet smoky maple-mustard seitan & brussels
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- loosely chop up 1 small onion, 1 small bell pepper, 1-2 cups seitan, and mince two medium cloves of garlic. cut off the hard ends of 1-2 cups brussels sprouts, cut the sprouts in half if you have big ones. i suggest making the seitan in bulk on a sunday afternoon - it saves a ton of time over the week!
- toss the ingredients in a sautee pan on high heat with 1 tbsp olive oil for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. let the veg cook down & crisp on the edges. once a bit browned, give it a couple squeezes of lemon, a dusting of garlic & onion powder, and stir in 2 tbsp maple mustard. you can either buy this mustard, usually at farms/farmer’s markets, or just mix together pure maple syrup and a tart mustard at a ratio of 1:3. WARNING - do not use yellow mustard in this, go for a milder mustard with a kick of tartness at the end, like a nice dijon.
- after about 5-7 more minutes of cooking, splash on a few drops of liquid smoke and sprinkle on a heaping pinch of sea salt & freshly ground pepper. the brussels should be just a bit crunchy, but soft. stir in a heaping teaspoon of the mustard, to coat. serve hot to 1-2 people.
When I’m feeling tired and don’t want to cook, my first thought is to get take-out, but I also know that take-out usually makes me feel terrible after eating it. Here’s a meal I usually make when I want something fast, nutritious, and delicious. (AND it’s especially great on a cold night!)