Wheat gluten with Broccoli and Lemon

Today our chef is making a present for all lovers of vegetarian cuisine, with this dish of wheat gluten with broccoli and lemon. A light, tasty dish for those who love to eat healthily with plenty of protein, but at the same time avoiding red meat. Wheat gluten is a high-protein food of Chinese origin that we in Europe are now learning to use and enjoy. It is particularly appreciated amongst vegetarians and vegans, but nothing should prevent you from trying it even if you are not. One doesn’t always feel like eating a steak, and seitan is a great alternative to meat protein. Try it with broccoli and lemon juice, as in today’s recipe! If you wish, you can substitute any vegetables or other ingredients depending on availability or the time year. Don’t forget, however, to let your wheat gluten marinate in soy sauce to flavour it and become really tasty.

Ingredients

  • wheat gluten 300 grams
  • broccoli 300 grams
  • lemon The zest and juice of ½ a lemon
  • salt
  • soy sauce
  • oil
  • cornflour
Information
20 minutes Total time
10 minutes Active time
Serves 2 persons
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Preparation

Marinate the wheat gluten with a little soya sauce, so as to give it a some flavour. Cut off the broccoli florets, then peel the main stem of its tough exterior before slicing it into rounds. Boil the broccoli for a few minutes in salted water, then drain and cut into quarters. Sauté the sliced wheat gluten in a little olive oil in a frying pan, then add the broccoli and a little salt. Add two forks of cornflour and mix well, then grate in the lemon zest and add the juice of half a lemon to the pan. Add a dash of hot water and mix together. Served with a few slices of lemon peel as a garnish and a drizzle of olive oil.

Tips
It is possible to make many types of dish with wheat gluten: you can find it served grilled, diced or smoked; it is great served as an appetizer, in a salad, as a main course, and so on. It is basically a very versatile food, leaving room for the imagination and being particularly suited to vegetarian or vegan cookery.
Trivia
Wheat gluten is of Chinese origin. Inside a wheat grain one finds four types of natural proteins, the most important of which is gluten, which makes this foodstuff particularly nutritious for those following a meat-free diet. In addition, wheat gluten is characterized by being highly digestible and is therefore also recommended for the elderly and children.

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