Sunday, May 04, 2008

Miss Ribs?

Well, I hate to tell ya, but these don't really taste like "real" ribs. This is according to my husband, since the last time I had ribs (and the only time) it felt like I was gnawing on bones. I didn't think much of them, and that was when I enjoyed eating meat!

However, these BBQ Seitan Ribz were really just like good seitan with good BBQ sauce on them. I found that the bottled brand of Bull's Eye not only contained no high-fructose corn syrup or Red #40 (read, "nasty, chemicals that don't belong in our bodies"), but it tasted awesome as well!

These ribz were delicious but I don't think that I'll ever serve them as, "ribs" to meat-lovers, because they really bare no resemblance in texture and density. I'll just call them, "BBQ Seitan." They were definitely easy and very yummy, so go try them out with Susan V's recipe, but don't expect them to taste like the "real thing" (although, that is a good thing for those who don't miss meat!).

We had the BBQ last weekend, and enjoyed it as suggested, with a grilled potato and some greens on the side (we had sauteed kale with one of Dreena's yummy sauces).

Lunch last week was Tuna-Free Salad Sandwiches, from the latest VegNews magazine. It was really good! I actually had a piece of pita bread on the side and ate the salad on bed of fresh baby spinach. It was just mashed chickpeas with some usual additions such as chopped pickle and celery. The magic ingredient? Nori flakes. Well, I had to use kelp granules, which still worked wonders. Their ocean-flavor added to the texture of the chickpeas was awesome! Very tuna-like. However, the granules were also rather.... like bits of sand once in a while. So, I don't know if the kelp granules were too firm and thus crunchy like sand bits, and if nori flakes would be better or not. Comments anyone? More delish food pics coming up next week, with this week's recipes: sun-dried tomato hummus, American BBQ Tacos, and roasted cauliflower with kalamata olives!


VeggieGirl said...

wow, those sure do LOOK just like ribs and tuna salad - eerie, haha! :0D

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

I need to pick up some Nori flakes ~ that recipe caught my eye, too. The ribs look great and thanks for the Bull's Eye bbq sauce tip.

cici said...

Yep...nori flakes would be sandy feeling.

But if you like you can make your own nori flakes/flavoured salt if you cut a nori sheet (suuushiii ) in small pieces and ground it with sea salt until it is powdered.

I think it would have helped if the kelp flakes had soaked some time in water befor put into the mush