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Homemade: braised seitan, kale, brussels sprouts and sundried tomatoes

This is a pretty straightforward one pot meal, which doesn’t take too much work. And with kale from our garden! It is from one of our favourite cookbooks Veganomicon (Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero). You can serve it with couscous or quinoa, or even with rice if you prefer.

Kale is not so easy to find in Belgian shops (‘boerenkool’ in Dutch), so we grow it ourselves! It is a winter vegetable, and this variety (Westlandse Winter) can stand frost. We haven’t had a hard winter in Belgium this year. In fact, we haven’t had any real ‘freezing’ day at all, which is a new record again. Still plenty of kale in our garden.

Kale in our veg garden

Kale in our veg garden

These are the ingredients for “braised seitan, brussels sprouts, kale and sundried tomatoes”:

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 6 shallots, sliced
  • 2 cups seitan (homemade is the best!), in pieces
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, quartered (= 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 ts dried thyme
  • 1/2 ts dried basil
  • 1/4 ts dried tarragon
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • pinches ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 4 cups chopped kale (from our garden!)
braised seitan, kale, brussels sprouts and sundried tomatoes

braised seitan, kale, brussels sprouts and sundried tomatoes

The recipe is pretty straightforward:

  • Begin with the olive oil, shallots & seitan (7 minutes).
  • Add the sprouts (3 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and herbs, salt & pepper. (1 minute).
  • Mix in the sun dried tomatoes.
  • Add the broth and wine – let it come to a boil.
  • When boiling, add the kale.
  • Lower heat a bit and let simmer for 7 minutes.

Et voilà!

I will let the photos speak for themselves:

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Geertrui Cazaux (Trudi). Vegan. Gardener. Wife. Disabled. Writer. Activist. Caretaker. Ex-academic. °1970. Belgium. Vegetarian since mid '90's and vegan since 2010. My main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although I am also inspired by the environmental and health aspects. Writing about veganism, animal rights and ableism on,, and


  1. Lauzan says

    Kale is not easy to find in Paris either. I bought some grains but I didn’t have the courage to grow my plants yet. I think I should give it a try. Yours looks amazing! Great recipe!

    • Yes, try to grow them yourselves! They are one of the more easy sorts of cabbages to grow, although the butterflies also like them a lot 😉 We grew them underneath insect proof fleece, because the year before they were nearly all eaten by catterpillars!

  2. Yummmm, home grown kale is cool. I love kale too, but you can find it in better biomarkets & in the larger Carrefour too. A great tasty kale recipe,….Yum Yum yummmm..😊

  3. That looks fantastic. I’m definitely making this! It’s unfortunate kale is difficult to find though. It’s one of my favorite foods and so versatile: sauteed, salads, soups, casseroles, kale chips…

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