I usually post recipes here that either take a bit of time (but are worth it!) or are a bit more on the fancy-pants side. However. Sometimes, you just don’t have time for that kind of cooking. Sometimes, you drive an hour-long commute, work a very long day, go to a 1 1/2 hour vinyasa yoga practice during which the yoga instructor tells you repeatedly that You Can Do This despite your tears of frustration in not being able to balance your entire body prone on your elbows while breathing in a slow, relaxed manner, and drive another hour to get back home.
For those times (and others like them), you just need something fast and you need it to be delicious such as to make up for that hour and a half of balancing-induced frustration.
Enter the Fastest Dinner in the West: Stir-fried seitan with pasta sauce.
It’s fast. It’s delicious. It’s low-carb, high-protein, and can kill your ravenous hunger in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. It could be gluten-free if you use tempeh instead of seitan. Which means it might be the most Perfect Meal Ever. I apologize that I don’t have a photo. There was no time to take one, as I had scarfed up the meal in about 30 seconds. Here it is:
One package of seitan strips (you can get these at Whole Foods)
One jar of your favorite pasta sauce (mine is this porcini mushroom pasta sauce from Napa Valley. It’s drool-icious.)
a bit of extra virgin olive oil
1. Saute the seitan strips in olive oil on medium heat until they get a little browned / crispety.
2. Add just enough sauce to coat the seitan strips. Mix well.
3. Place in a bowl, make a fist with your right hand and point out your thumb and first finger, making the shape of a gun. Blow on the barrel of your gun, kid. You’ve just made the Fastest Dinner in the West.