vegan "chicken" and waffles
yep, you read that right: vegan. chicken. and. waffles.
i'll be honest, when i first decided to give up (most) meat in 2009, chicken was the hardest to live without. sixteen year-old b was addicted to the stuff. now obviously, as a young Black American femme living in the midwest, the consumption of chicken was more than food - it was a cultural tradition. without discounting the value certain "foods" - i use quotes because my definition of food has since changed - play in our community, looking back on my dependence of chicken reveals how little i knew about the variety of food.
fast forward eight years, most of the food in my fridge today would've been unrecognizable to my former self. took a while, but i call that progress.
any who, on to this bomb ass recipe. 🙌🏿😎
if you're not vegan, vegetarian, or familiar with Chinese and Japanese cuisine, you've probably never heard of seitan. or maybe i'm just projecting because eye didn't know what it was until late 2016 - well after my transition to veganism lol.
simply put, seitan is gluten. here's the definition according to Wikipedia, "wheat gluten, also called seitan (Japanese: セイタン), wheat meat, gluten meat, or simply gluten, is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch granules have been removed, leaving the sticky insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked before being eaten."
(excuse the poor quality; issa screenshot)
peep the amount of protein provided by vital wheat gluten. i'm just saying. 🌚
if you've never cooked with seitan, the process can be a bit strange. it's basically like formulating a dough, boiling it in (veggie) broth, then cooking it as you would anything else. i love you too much to have you out here struggling, so i filmed a video to accompany the recipe!