Celebrate Fathers’s Day with a Vegetarian Dinner Even a Carnivore Will Love!

seitan barbecue sandwich, vegetarian father's day dinner

Pulled “Pork” BBQ Sandwiches

Seitan is a great meat substitute-it is packed with protein and has a chewy, meaty texture that can easily fill in for the real thing. While we haven’t tried it, we think this recipe would also work well by replacing the seitan with tempeh that has been cut into fingers, steamed for 10 minutes, then chopped or crumbled into smaller pieces to resemble ground meat.


2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

10 garlic cloves, minced (You can use a mini food processor if you are lazy at mincing, like I am)

1 15oz can tomato sauce (Use a plain style here; Whole Foods has a good organic, basic version. You do not want a marinara sauce or a fancy version with olives and mushrooms.)

2 tsp molasses

1 tsp lemon zest

½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar

About 1 lb of seitan, shredded

A few dashes of cinnamon (optional)

4 sandwich rolls of your choosing

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 5-6 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce and cook 3-5 minutes. Add molasses, apple cider vinegar, lemon zest, and ¼ cup water. Add cinnamon, if using. Simmer over medium-low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally and being sure to stir the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking (you may need to turn down the heat).
  3. Turn heat to low, stir in seitan, and let the mixture cook for about 10 minutes to absorb flavor, stirring occasionally.
  4. Split rolls in half and pile on seitan mixture. This recipe makes enough for about 4 sandwiches. Enjoy!  Feel free to serve hot sauce with the sandwiches or add to taste into the recipe during step 2 if your family likes spicy food!

Adapted from Vegetarian Times

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