Seitan: Satisfying Vegans, Vegetarians, and Omnivores Alike

Contrary to popular misconception, being a vegan isn’t just about consuming salads. It means eating full, balanced, plant-based and animal-free meals. When done right, meat substitutes (such as seitan) can satisfy even the omnivores among us. Original Soul Vegetarian has been lauded by the Chicagoist and Windy City Live for being one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants here in Chicago. We have also been named “Best Soul Food” by the Chicago Reader for three years running.

Being a vegan soul food restaurant, we don’t shy away from the barbecue. We cook up some seitan and serve up delicious sandwiches such as the Down South BBQ Twist pictured below.

So what is this thing called seitan? And what is the difference between that and meat?

Seitan is a plant-based protein derived from wheat gluten. Meat is a protein that comes from animals. Calorie-wise, seitan is similar to lean meats. It also provides about the same amount of protein as lean meat. However, unlike meat, seitan is not a “complete” protein because it doesn’t have all of the necessary amino acids. Soy beans are one of the only “complete proteins” that are vegan. So finish off your meal with our soy ice cream and know that you are nourishing your body and your soul.