No meal is more beloved by the Brits than the Sunday roast. The dish first came to prominence during the reign of King Henry VII in 1485 and it is as much a tradition now as it was back then. Throughout the Industrial Age, almost every household would pop a roast on before heading to church on a Sunday. It had become a part of the fabric of British life with significant social and family importance. Following the two world wars, its popularity grew again after many years of rationing.
Jump to today and the thought of every household in the UK popping a joint of beef into their oven on a Sunday morning is not a sustainable scenario. Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production and if we are serious about reversing climate change, we must look at our diets. Grazing animals require a lot of land, which is often cleared through the felling of forests.
Vast tracts of additional land are cleared to grow their feed. 90% of soy production alone is used to feed animals that are then used as food. The difference in emissions between meat and plant production is stark – to produce 1kg of wheat, 2.5kg of greenhouse gases are emitted. A single kilo of beef, meanwhile, creates 70kg of emissions.
Seitan is the new roast of choice. Replacing the meat in your roast with seitan will not diminish it in any way. They contain similar amounts of protein and calories but meat is much higher in fat. The fat in seitan is heart-healthy, monounsaturated fat compared to the fat in meat is mainly saturated fat which is a major contributor to heart disease.
Pubs across the UK are now offering our seitan roast as an alternative to traditional meats and it is going down a storm!
The Perfect Seitan Roast
Remove your Seitan Roast from it’s packaging, wrap in foil and the place in the middle of your oven on gas mark 5 for 45 minutes and serve. It can be carved or sliced just as you would a joint of beef. It will be full of flavor, soft and tender.
Serve with your favourite vegetables, a rich gravy and mint, horseradish or cranberry sauce.
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