Monday, April 11, 2011

Dijon Seitan Wraps & Two Bean Salad

Sunday Dinner Recap
Just a quick dinner recap ('cause it was tasty). Last night we ended up making a vegan Seitan "Mozzarella" dish using Shirataki Noodles and almond "cheese". I had some homemade seitan cutlets that I heated up. I sauteed onions, bell peppers, and spinach then added in the noodles and homemade spaghetti sauce.

It really turned out to be a pretty tasty dish. Even better, it was super quick to throw together as I didn't have to boil any pasta. I think Jason was afraid of the noodles initially. They don't have the most pleasant odor. When I asked him to rinse them really well, he took that to heart. I finally had to urge him to stop rinsing ;-)

Upper Body Day
Today started off with major thunderstorms rolling through. Thank goodness for rain boots. Dark, stormy Monday mornings are not ideal though I must say. It's even worse when you have a dog terrified of storms. Poor Heath was just shaking, drooling, wouldn't eat his breakfast. Made it really hard for me to get myself ready too.

Anyway, I packed my bag up for a gym day. Today was upper body weights. I decided to add one rep this week. After 10 minutes on the elliptical, I did the following supersets as 3x6. By the way, I had wanted to start with back so I would have more strength for the chinups, but someone was hogging my assisted machine ;-)

Incline chest flye into chest press (do a flye then rotate wrists and do a press)

Dumbbell curls
Cross-body curls (3x5 - went up 5# & just couldn't eek out that 6th one safely)

Upright row
Lateral raise

Overhead triceps extension
Double-arm kickbacks

Chinups (failed at 4th on 3rd set, arms were just exhausted)

I did some ab exercises then another 10 on the elliptical. DOMS have totally set in from my leg workout yesterday, so the elliptical was really not enjoyable ;-) It did seem to help loosen the legs up a bit though (ask me how that went tomorrow).

More Wraps
Jason and I managed a quick grocery store trip during lunch, after the storms has passed. I pretty much refused to hit the store after work after last week's Monday evening experience. Not worth it. I learned my lesson. We've got a pretty good system down at the store so we can get in and out like lightening.

Of course, what I realized is that I had some fresh green beans from last week that needed to be used up rather than anything we bought today. Hate it when I do that. I get so excited about buying fresh veggies sometimes, and then I forget to plan out a day to use them. I decided to go with a Two-Bean Salad and Dijon Seitan Wraps

Two-Bean Salad
Fresh green beans (steamed and shocked)
1/8 cup minced red onion
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
8 sundried tomatoes, rehydrated
1.5 cups chickpeas
To taste: parsley, basil, salt, pepper, red pepper, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon juice

In large bowl, combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Dijon Seitan Wraps
2 tbps Dijon mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1/8 cup minced red onions (or shallots)
2 tbsp capers (was out of kalamata olives)
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Approximately 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar (maybe a bit more)
To taste: salt, pepper, parsley, basil, oregano
Homemade seitan or package of favorite brand
Whole-wheat wraps
Roasted red bell peppers, diced

In medium bowl, whisk together ingredients up to the seitan. Mix in the seitan and refrigerate at least one hour. To serve, place spinach, bell peppers, and seitan in a wrap.

I probably was a bit heavy-handed on the Dijon for the seitan. I probably could have added either honey or agave to offset it a bit. The bean salad was ok, I felt like it was missing something though. Maybe it just needed to sit in the fridge a bit longer. But this was a nice, light dinner. It would be perfect for a summer dinner on the patio.