Grilled Seitan & Mushrooms and Shaved Asparagus Salad

Last Sunday, late in the day, I realized that though I had done some decent food prep for the week, I had no idea what I wanted for dinner and I didn’t want to put in a lot of effort.  I took a look in the fridge and came up with this quick, simple, delicious, impromptu dinner!

I’m trying to get in touch with intuitive cooking and rely less on recipes and measuring and more on what is seasonal and what “makes sense” for me.  How does this get tricky?  Many of you read this food blog for recipes and you want measurements.  I’m not tossing measurements out the window but I realized that I don’t share some meals with you because I don’t keep track of measurements –this is a way to share a glimpse into days when my kitchen time is less structured. Let me know how you feel about this, please!

JL’s Grilled Seitan and Mushrooms (PRINTABLE RECIPE)
Serves 2


  • 2/3 package of seitan
  • Shitaki mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Yellow onion, sliced
  • Pinot Noir, about 1/4 cup
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper


  • Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and let marinade for 1 – 2 hours. Grill on an indoor/outdoor (electric) grill for about 8 minutes.

Once the seitan and mushrooms were marinating I decided to pull together a quick salad.

JL’s Shaved Asparagus Salad (PRINTABLE RECIPE)
Serves as many as you like, you decide!


  • Asparagus, shaved (thinly slice the asparagus length-wise, see photo below)
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Fennel, shaved
  • Fresh sweet basil
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil (cold-pressed, which is raw)


  • Toss all ingredients, serve right away or marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes – 1 hour.

This salad required no salt or other seasoning. It was perfectly fresh, crisp and the natural flavors of the veggies and fresh basil came shining through.

Total prep time?  10 minutes (truly). Grill time was less than 10 minutes. I don’t know about you but on Sunday evenings I’m tired, I want a nice meal and it’s the night that I often cave and think about ordering dinner in, or eating a less healthy meal for the ease of it. This dinner reminded me that you can enjoy a quick and healthy meal so easily.

Do you have a current go-to meal that is quick, healthy and delicious?

JL writes the blog JL goes Vegan:  Food & Fitness with a side of Kale.  You can follow JL on Twitter.


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