Ein Prosit Lunch: Seitan and Chickpeas with a Beer Sauce

September 20, 2015

Happy Sunday dear friends!

The time has come, this is no drill…Oktoberfest is here and so comes the time for beer, beer and some more beer. Did you know that in the span of 16 days (the time length of the Oktoberfest) over 7 million liters of beer are served? That’s way more beer than I can wrap my head around. Even if you are not a fan of beer (like myself) you still get lured into it and have a glass, or maybe two. And by a glass, I mean a one liter serving because I don’t even think they  have smaller ones there. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Fun fact for you: the Oktoberfest started in 1810 when Ludwig I of Bavaria married Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and the citizens of Munich were invited to participate in the wedding celebrations. All in all we have been celebrating King Ludwig’s wedding for over 2 centuries. Or maybe we are just there, year after year, for some of that liquid gold. 🙂

Another fun fact for you: Tore and I met at the Oktoberfest 3 years ago. For that reason, we chose a special arrangement of “Ein Prosit” as the processional song at our wedding. This was actually the suggestion of our good friend, Sam, who was kind enough to prepare and execute the piece at the church on our special day. He also happens to be a kickass photographer and you can check out his work here.

The recipe I will be sharing with you today is definitely something that you cannot find in any menus at the Oktoberfest. Sure, they probably have some meat with beer sauce recipe. I wouldn’t know for sure since I usually stick to just one breze or maybe a crepe. But I wanted to show you how you can get that Oktoberfest taste with a healthier spin to it AKA, no carb overload, little fat, lean protein and a whole bunch of flavor. Since I personally don’t eat meat I chose to use seitan and chickpeas as my meatless protein sources. This would also work with red meat and chicken if you prefer. Serve it with your choice of veggies and grains and you have a complete meal.

Ein Prosit and buon apetito!



Seitan and Chickpeas with a Beer Sauce
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  2. 250 ml beer
  3. 1 tbs tamari (or soy sauce)
  4. 1 tbs mustard
  5. 1 tbs honey
  6. 150 g seitan, cut into small cubes
  7. 1/2 a can of cooked chickpeas
  8. 2 tsp avocado oil
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with the avocado oil.
  2. Add shallots to pan and cook until translucent.
  3. Combine beer, mustard, tamari and honey in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Add beer mixture to pan; bring to a boil and let cook for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the seitan and chickpeas and let both cook for about 5 minutes in the beer sauce.
  6. Serve with grains and vegetables of choice.
  1. You may use other protein sources instead of seitan if you prefer. Chicken and beef would also work well with this recipe. I recommend first grilling them separately and then adding it to the beer sauce so they are well cooked through.
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 Have a great Sunday! Servus!



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