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Sweet and sour seitan

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
30 min
15 min
15 min
Who doesn't love Chinese food? Heres' a healthy spin on a Chinese-restaurant classic that will help you save on SmartPoints® but still get that amazing burst of flavor the cuisine carries. Our version uses seitan, a vegetarian favorite that is most closely related to tofu. Although it's made from gluten, it mimics the texture of chicken when cooked in the suggested method here. But, if you're not set on trying it, you can of course substitute in ZeroPoint™ grilled chicken or shrimp for the same SmartPoints value. So the next time you get a hankering for Chinese, skip the restaurant and make it yourself!


Canola oil

1 Tbsp

Uncooked onion(s)

1 large, sweet, cut into 1/4-inch half moons

Sweet red pepper(s)

1 large, cut into 1-inch pieces

Seitan slice(s)

16 oz, rinsed and patted dry, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Canned pineapple packed in juice

1 cup(s), chunks, undrained

Low sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp

Apple cider vinegar

2 tsp

Arrowroot powder

4 tsp


2 Tbsp

Uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, sliced diagonally (for garnish)


  1. Place oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and red pepper; cook until vegetables start to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add seitan and cook for 2 minutes more. Add pineapple and 1/2 cup of its juice, soy sauce and vinegar; stir to combine and cook 2 minutes more.
  2. Mix arrowroot with 2 tablespoons of water in a cup; stir to combine and add to skillet. Increase heat to high so mixture boils; cook until sauce has thickened, about 3 minutes. Garnish with scallion and serve. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.