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Orange “Beef” Broccoli Bento

Posted on March 03, 2012 by Debra

Rest easy, Saba Man and I have not gone back to eating meat.  It’s only seitan not real beef.   My twitter friends and I do a monthly food theme and February’s was Oranges and after posting my photo of  Orange “Beef” and Broccoli, there were requests for the recipe.

I’m not great at writing down my ingredients in details.  So like my other recipes, please feel free to adjust to your personal tastes and availability.

Mock Orange Beef and Broccoli


2 cups of cubed seitan or wheat-meat ( you can use drained, extra firm or fried tofu if you are gluten intolerant)

1/2 cup of orange juice (I used freshly squeezed blood orange)

1/2  tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoon coconut aminos (or soy sauce )

1/2 cup Mochiko (sweet rice flour)

1 tablespoon corn starch

dash salt

Vegetable oil

Fresh broccoli florets



Mix the seitan,  orange juice, ginger, honey, and aminos together and let marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

Drain the seitan cubes and set the liquid aside.  You will need that later.

Mix the mochiko, cornstarch and salt together, then dredge the seitan cubes with this mixture.

Space the seitan cubes on a lightly oiled pan and bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.  The idea is to adhere the mochico to the seitan.  This step adds texture to the cubes.

In a lightly oiled, hot,  non-stick skillet add that leftover marinade with the broccoli, stir in the baked seitan cubes and keep it moving until the broccoli is tender and everything is coated.

Serve with rice.

Don’t forget to let it cool before packing in your bento box!


So that’s how I used oranges for last month’s #twitterfoodparty theme.    I made enough for dinner and for Saba Man’s bento.    To compliment the tangy orange flavor, I think rice is good, brown rice is excellent and sprouted brown rice is perfection!  Yummers!

Next month’s theme is bacon!  Umm…. this will be a challenge but I’ll figure out how to make my own “facon”.  :)

Please join in with hash tag #twitterbaconparty.


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12 to “Orange “Beef” Broccoli Bento”

  1. Yumm! C and I love beef & broccoli and really orange anything, so this will be a perfect recipe to try, thanks!!

  2. Wow, since going vegetarian over a decade ago I have never ever had the craving for “beef” and I have! This dish looks delicious!

  3. I have a package of meat substitute (made from soy beans) that is too heavily seasoned with sugars and soy sauce for my taste, but now I’m wondering if mixing it with something citrus-y would lighten it up. I wish I could get the unseasoned meat substitutes that you have access to…

  4. sheri says:

    Could certainly have fooled me! Looks absolutely scrumptious.

  5. Healthy and yummy bento!

  6. Big Momma says:

    Ohh this looks so good and thanks for posting recipe I will have to try this one! My teen kiddo will love this.

  7. AikoVenus says:

    How long have you guys been on the veggie train? ^^ And this looks delish! I love seitan!

    • Debra says:

      Hi, I’ve been a vegetarian for 4 years. SM stopped eating meat about a year ago. He still eats seafood though. Thanks!

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