Saturday, August 8, 2009

Coffee Rubbed Seitan with Zucchini Salad and Sprouted Flat Bread

Dinner tonight was my vegan take on a traditional protein, vegetable and starch meal. I decided to make a coffee spice rub today and use it on my pressure-cooked seitan cutlets. The spice rub worked well on seitan and imparted a faint coffee taste that no one could identify even after I told them what was in the rub. The spice rub imparted a complex flavor that we enjoyed.

The zucchini salad is a cold counterpoint to the hot seitan cutlets. If you don’t have zucchini, you could use cucumbers instead. Red bell peppers would also be good in this salad if you had them on hand. The flat bread was included to scoop up the salad/salsa.

Coffee Spice Rubbed Seitan Cutlets
Serves 4


1 teaspoon of espresso powder (or cocoa powder if you prefer)
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
½ teaspoon oregano, dried
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon of paprika
4 pressure-cooked seitan cutlets
pan spray


Combine the espresso, salt, oregano, garlic, and paprika and mix to combine. Dust the cutlets with the spice rub on both sides. There will be very little if any spice rub leftover when you are finished.

Heat a heavy skillet and spray it with canola oil (pan spray). Sear the cutlets on both sides. If you find the cutlets are sticking you can add a little water to the pan to encourage them to release. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 188.77
Calories From Fat (12%) - 21.91

Total Fat - 2.48g
Saturated Fat - 0.24g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 860.67mg
Potassium - 351.26mg
Total Carbohydrates - 12.22g
Fiber - 0.93g
Sugar - 0.79g
Protein - 29.92g

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Corn, Tomatoes and Avocado
Serves 4


2 zucchinis, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, cut into small dice
1 cup of corn kernels
½ cup of cilantro, minced
½ teaspoon of oregano, dried
1 avocado, cut into small dice
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Grill the zucchini slices and cool. Cut the zucchini into bite size pieces. Add the tomatoes, corn, cilantro, and oregano to the zucchini and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Add the avocado just before you are ready to serve. Stir to incorporate the avocado. Taste for salt and pepper and season as you desire and serve cold.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 134.55
Calories From Fat (45%) - 61.12

Total Fat - 7.29g
Saturated Fat - 1.01g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 189.69mg
Potassium - 763.02mg
Total Carbohydrates - 17.76g
Fiber - 6.03g
Sugar - 4.96g
Protein - 3.81g

Sprouted Wheat Flat Bread
Serves 8


2 cups of sprouted wheat flour
1 tablespoon of canola oil
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
¾ cup of water


Combine all the ingredients and knead. All the water should be incorporated into the dough. If all your flour does not incorporate add a little water, 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to knead until the flour is fully incorporated.

Wrap the dough completely with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.

Heat a cast iron pan or griddle with a little oil over medium high heat.

Cut the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a ball the size of a golf ball. Take the ball and flatten it with your fingers to form a disk. Flour your board and rolling pin and roll the dough into a flat disk approximately 8 inches round.

Place the flat bread on the lightly oiled grill and cook until it begins to puff up (this should happen in 3 minutes). If you bread doesn’t puff flip it over and check to see if it is beginning to brown. Cook on the other side and move to a wire rack.

You can hold this bread in a 200-degree oven for an hour if necessary.

To serve cut the bread into triangles like tortilla chips.

If you have any leftover bread it can be sprayed lightly with water and reheated in a foil pouch in a 350-degree oven.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 105.47
Calories From Fat (40%) - 42.65

Total Fat - 6.75g
Saturated Fat - 0.13g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 240.67mg
Potassium - 0.22mg
Total Carbohydrates - 22g
Fiber - 6g
Sugar - 1g
Protein - 4g


Tonight’s dinner was more mild and traditional than most I make. The coffee rubbed seitan idea came from a coffee rubbed pork we did in cooking class a few weeks ago. The zucchini salad was something that I tossed together based on what I had in the refrigerator and it turned out really well. The sprouted wheat flat bread is best eaten warm. The bread becomes harder as it cools and is not as good so be sure to serve it straight from the griddle or oven warm.


  1. That seitan looks scrumptious. We haven't had seitan in a while...I think I'll make some tomorrow...I usually bake mine; I'd love to try your pressure cooker recipe, but pressure cooker. BTW, I still keep meaning to try your chickpea, zucchini burgers with nigela; I thought I could source some nigela seeds, or at least onion seeds at my local grocery, but no luck...I think I'll substitute with chives.

    Have a great weekend.


  2. Rose,

    We are eating much more seitan recently since I tried making it in the pressure cooker. It is good in the slow cooker too if the weather is still so hot on the west coast.

    I buy my nigella seeds on-line from Zamouri Spice. They carry many unusual ingredients. Although chives should work great in that burger too.


  3. ooh i want to try baked! i made some last night in a pot so it came out spongy. my stock was good so the flavor is fine but the texture...i have to cut it up into little bits so i cant feel the spongeness... i bet you could make fake bacon bits from drying out seiten........tempting? lol ttyl Alicia

  4. dirtyduck,

    I have also had good success steaming seitan. Have you tried that method?

    I have made seitan bacon, funny you mention that. My husband was talking about that yesterday and mentioned that I need to perfect that and put the recipe up.

    There is a seitan jerky I posted that would get rid of the "spongy" problem. You could also try to coat your seitan in a little flour and pan sear it and then bake it and see if that changes the texture. I think it would help. If you try that please let me know if it works, I am curious.



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