Portobello Seitan Stroganoff and Review of Sweet Earth Natural Foods (Part Two)

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When I offered to do a review and develop a recipe for Sweet Earth Natural Foods, I honestly didn’t expect much. I live in the middle of nowhere with no Whole Foods or Trader Joes in sight. This town has one small natural foods store where they sell just enough vegan products to be vegan-friendly and the bigger markets outside town carry so few of all the products everyone is raving about. When companies send me coupons, I often can’t use them because I can’t find the products.

Sweet Earth Natural Foods is all the way in California and their products are barely sold in NYC (yet), so I wasn’t expecting to really get anything but I figured I had to try. So when the giant box arrived at my door, I was shocked.  The lovely people at Sweet Earth Natural Foods sent me so many of their products to try – it was so generous of them and I was in seitan heaven.

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Sweet Earth Natural Foods uses “enlightened food traditions and farm-friendly ingredients to hand-craft delicious and nourishing food.”  The company is run by a couple of seasoned marketing executives, COO Brian Swette was Board Chairman of Burger King, CMO at Pepsi and COO at EBay, and CEO Kelly Swette held senior marketing roles at Calvin Klein and Pepsi. This husband and wife team interested in sustainability and health left the corporate world to create Sweet Earth Natural Foods. Read more about their story here on One Green Planet.

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The cool thing about their products, in my opinion, is that they aren’t just straight-up seitan. Their burgers, for instance, are filled with veggies and grains with just enough vital wheat gluten to make them chewy and stable. So it’s more like eating a veggie burger than a seitan burger.

Speaking of burgers, I got to try 3 different kinds of Sweet Earth Natural Foods Burgers. There are the Za’atar Burgers with a Middle Eastern spice blend, lentils, farro, bulgur and quinoa.

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We had those with Go Veggie Foods Vegan Mozzarella Slices and lemon aioli with Middle Eastern-spiced potato wedges doused in a lemon vinaigrette. These are my favorite burgers of the three though all of them are delicious with a char-broiled taste. They hold up perfectly while cooking and they each are packed with their unique flavors.

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Then we had the Santa Fe Burgers that are made with roasted corn, black beans, green chiles, barley and quinoa.

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We ate those with Go Veggie Foods Mozzarella and a quick homemade BBQ sauce plus oven-baked fries.

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Last but not least, there are the Teriyaki Burgers made with garlic, green onions, barley and quinoa.

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I topped these beauties with 5-spice ketchup and crispy scallions.

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I also got to try their Savory Grounds which I told you about  in another post  – Part 1 – when I shared a really, really decadent and delicious recipe for the Potato Nachos I made with them.

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Let me show you their vegan bacon – Hickory and Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon – which is spicy and smoky.

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I used this wonderful product to make BLATs or bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwiches.

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The majority of this post, however, has to go to the seitan products. Sweet Earth Natural Foods makes seitan in traditional, curry, and chipotle flavors. They make the seitan in a choice of slices, strips, ground and satay.

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I used the Traditional Seitan in both slices and strips to make this Vegan Portobello Seitan Stroganoff.

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First, I cooked up the seitan and then I had to try really hard not to just eat it out of the bowl. Then I sauteed chopped Portobello mushrooms and sliced onions until they were caramelized and succulent. I made a quick gravy with “beefy” flavored broth and vegan Worcestershire sauce. The seitan got to swim in that gravy and become soft, almost braised. I still had to hold back and not eat it just standing there at the stove.

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That’s because I had to mix in some creamy, delicious Tofutti Vegan Better Than Sour Cream. That turned the gravy into a rich, creamy sauce. That all got served over hot pasta for an amazing dinner that got rave reviews. The seitan is meaty and chewy and delicious. Sadly, there were no leftovers for the next day. 🙁

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Sweet Earth Natural Foods is a great company and not just because they sent me all this deliciousness. They put really great ingredients into their products – veggies, gourmet grains and flavorful spices – so it’s not just plain old seitan. You can feel really good about what you’re eating.

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Check out their web site for info on their products, recipes and more. Then go “like” their Facebook page where they have their store locator. Sweet Earth Natural Foods is going to be big! Get to know them as soon as you can!

In the meantime, enjoy this recipe for Portobello Seitan Stroganoff. I guarantee it will become a favorite. Don’t forget to go read Part 1 of my review of Sweet Earth Natural Foods products with that recipe for Potato Nachos!

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Thank you, Sweet Earth Natural Foods, for the delicious seitan products! 

 

Portobello Seitan Stroganoff

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For the Seitan ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

2 packages Sweet Earth Foods Traditional Seitan Strips

3 Tbs. flour

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. black pepper

2-3 Tbs. vegetable oil

 

For the stroganoff­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

1 lb. pasta of your choice

Kosher salt

2 Tbs. vegetable oil

4 large Portobello mushroom caps, chopped

1 large onion, cut in half and then sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbs. vegan Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. black pepper

2 – 3 cups “beef” flavored broth

½ cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the pasta. Cook until shy of al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a bowl, combine the flour with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the seitan in the seasoned flour. In a deep saute pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Shake off any excess flour and cook the seitan in the saute pan until browned. Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to do this in batches. Transfer the seitan to a plate and try not to eat it.

In the same pan, heat more oil and cook the mushrooms until browned and juicy, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and toss to mix with the mushrooms. Cook until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Return the seitan to the pan and mix with the vegetables.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, thyme and black pepper. Mix the seasonings in with the seitan and vegetables. Mix in the broth. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes until the liquid reduces and the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and parsley. Serve hot over the noodles.

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Portobello Seitan Stroganoff
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Recipe type: Entree
 
Ingredients
  • For the Seitan
  • 2 packages Sweet Earth Foods Traditional Seitan Strips
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2-3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • For the stroganoff
  • 1 lb. pasta of your choice
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 4 large Portobello mushroom caps, chopped
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and then sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups “beef” flavored broth
  • ½ cup Tofutti Vegan Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the pasta. Cook until shy of al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the seitan in the seasoned flour.
  3. In a deep saute pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Shake off any excess flour and cook the seitan in the saute pan until browned. Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to do this in batches.
  4. Transfer the seitan to a plate and try not to eat it.
  5. In the same pan, heat more oil and cook the mushrooms until browned and juicy, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and toss to mix with the mushrooms. Cook until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Return the seitan to the pan and mix with the vegetables.
  7. Add the Worcestershire sauce, thyme and black pepper. Mix the seasonings in with the seitan and vegetables.
  8. Mix in the broth. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes until the liquid reduces and the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and parsley.
  9. Serve hot over the noodles.

 

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4 Responses to Portobello Seitan Stroganoff and Review of Sweet Earth Natural Foods (Part Two)

  1. kelly swette July 19, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    wow, what a great review and recipes to inspire!

    • Rhea August 7, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you Kelly 🙂 xoxo

  2. karin yates June 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    That is so awesome, Rhea! You and Sweet Earth Foods are a great match!

    • Rhea June 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      Thanks Karin! xoxo


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