I am definitely of the opinion that cooking should be easy – nothing too extravagant or time-consuming or confusing. As much as I admire the life and gumption of Julia Childs, any recipe whose instructions are spread out over a matter of days is not going to get a second glance from me! Let’s keep it simple and fresh and get it on the table before we all pass out from starvation and it’s been a good meal in my book.
Once again, for THAT kind of recipe, I turn to the Post Punk Kitchen and Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I’m not going to lie, but Isa’s photographer took a much prettier picture of this dish, so if you want to see a more professional and lovely version of this dish, I highly recommend you hop over and check out food photographer Vanessa Rees’ work on this one.
I can, however, attest to the fact that my dish tasted simply scrumptious, and I’d recommend it to everyone. My three-year-old heartthrob lunched with me this afternoon and declared it “so yummy,” and if that’s not a valid endorsement, then I don’t know what is.
Prep all your ingredients before you start the cooking process, because that's the fastest part! It will be on the table in a matter of minutes.
- Olive Oil - 2 T, divided
- Red Onion - Sliced into half moons
- Jalapeno - thinly sliced, seeds removed for less heat
- Seitan - 8oz, thinly sliced
- Fresh Corn Kernels - 1 cup from 2 ears of corn
- Cremini Mushrooms - 8 oz, sliced
- Fresh Cilantro - 1/4 cup, chopped
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Fresh Black Pepper - to taste
- Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
- Fresh Lime Juice - 3 T
Preheat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and jalapeno in two teaspoons oil and a pinch of salt, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the seitan and corn, and an additional tablespoon of oil and cook for about 5 minutes, until seitan is lightly browned, stirring often.
Add the mushrooms, cilantro, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
Push everything to one side of the pan so that you have space to quickly saute the garlic. Put the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in the pan and toss in the garlic, stirring as it sizzles, for about 15 seconds. Then mix everything together and add the lime as well.
Taste for salt and seasonings, and serve over rice.
Optional: roll it up in a tortilla with a nice scoop of guacamole. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.