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Seitan with Broccoli Rabe

My vegan version of another Italian classic side dish that I grew up eating.

extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1 red onion, thin half moon slices
generous pinch red pepper flakes
sea salt
1 red bell pepper, roasted over an open flame, peeled, seeded, sliced into thin ribbons
1 pound seitan, sliced into thin strips
mirin or white wine
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 large bunch broccoli rabe, rinsed well

Place a small amount of oil, the garlic and red onion in a deep skillet and turn the heat to medium. When the vegetables begin to sizzle, add red pepper flakes and salt and saute for 2-3 minutes. Stir in red pepper, a pinch of salt and saute 1 minute more. Stir in seitan strips and add mirin and lemon zest. Cover and reduce heat to low, simmering until the vegetables and seitan are tender, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt. 

Just before adding it to the skillet, slice the broccoli rabe into bite-sized pieces. Lay the greens on top of the ingredients in the skillet, cover and cook until the greens are bright green and just wilted., 3-4 minutes. Toss gently to combine and transfer to a serving platter. Serve immediately. 

Makes 4-6 servings. 


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