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Wacky Recipes

This week, I am continuing my animal-free eating at home. It’s been so much fun to try new types of food, but it can be quite expensive (and unhealthy) to buy faux meat and cheese. This week’s wacky recipes are for dairy-free cream cheese and a high-protein meat substitute made out of wheat.

Vegan Cashew Cheese from Healthy Happy Life

Happy Healthy Life Vegan Cashew Cheese

This recipe calls for only three ingredients: raw cashews, season salt (I used Borsari-Original Blend), and water. How cool is that? You get a healthy dose of good-for-you fat with a little protein and none of the negative side-effects of eating dairy.









Bob’s Red Mill Seitan

Seitan is a meat substitute made from Vital Wheat Gluten Flour.

  • 2 cups Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1/2 tsp. Sage (I subbed Poultry Seasoning for the Sage and Marjoram) 
  • 1 tsp. Marjoram
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder (I used a McCormick Herb/Onion Mix)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Water


  • 6 cups Water
  • 2 Tb Molasses (I used maple syrup)
  • 2 Tb Soy Sauce
Bring to a boil the water for the broth, molasses and soy sauce.

Mix together the gluten flour and spices. Add water to mixture and stir into a sponge-like dough. This should not be excessively wet. Knead dough a minute to make dough tougher and more elastic. Cut into 2 x 2 inch pieces and place into boiling broth. Cook in broth for about 1 hour, lowering heat as needed. Drain and use seitan for a stir-fry, sandwiches, stews and more.

Makes 12 servings.

Calories 90, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 160mg, Total Carbohydrate 7g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 2g and Protein 16g.

Even if you aren’t interested in going animal-free, you have to give props to a food that has only 90 calories and provides 16 grams of protein per serving. A little note is that you probably don’t want to eat the seitan at this point. Pan fry it in a touch of olive oil so that it has a better texture.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes!

1 Comment

  1. Would seitan work for veggie-burgers?

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