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April 9, 2008

Seitan and Polenta Skillet with Fresh Greens

Try this when you want hearty vegetarian food

Nava Atlas

bok choy


Serves 4-6

One 18-ounce tube polenta
1-1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 pound seitan, cut into bite-sized pieces or strips
4 large or 6 medium stalks bok choy, with leaves, sliced crosswise
5 to 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
4 scallions, green and white parts, sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
1/4 cup sliced oil-cured sun-dried tomatoes, optional
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cut the puckered ends off the polenta, then slice 1/2 inch thick. Cut each slice into 4 little wedges.

Heat a wide nonstick skillet. Add a drop of the oil and spread it around with a paper towel to create a very light coat, or use cooking oil spray. Add the polenta wedges; cook in a single layer over medium heat, about 5 minutes on each side.

Remove the polenta to a plate. Heat the oil and soy sauce slowly in the same skillet. Before they get too hot, add the seitan and stir well. Raise the heat to medium-high and sauté, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Stir in the bok choy, spinach and scallions, then cover and cook until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Sprinkle in vinegar to taste. Gently fold in the polenta wedges and dried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.

Recipe courtesy of Nava Atlas, author of Vegan Express.

For even more vegetarian recipes, check out VegRecipes.org.

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