A meaty chicken like substitute. It is so versatile you can use it in hundreds of recipes. Besides this, it is low cost, freezes well, and a little goes a long way.


  • 2 cups soybeans or chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or ¼ Bragg's Liquid Aminos)
  • 3 tablespoons McCay's Chicken Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups gluten flour


  • To soak soybeans or garbanzos, place at least 1 cup dry beans in about 2 cups of water and leave at room temperature for about 12 hours.
  • Place 2 cups of soaked, drained beans in a blender with 11⁄2 cups water and blend. While blending, add seasonings and blend smooth.
  • Pour into a bowl and add the gluten flour. It will become very stiff, and the last of the flour should be kneaded in with your hands. Knead for 2 minutes. If it is too soft (not holding together in an elastic ball), knead in 1⁄4- 1⁄2 cup more gluten flour. This can be done in an electric bread mixer or by hand. Longer kneading will make a final product that is more chewy and elastic, while less kneading will make a final product that is more spongy and bread-like.
  • Form into two oval-shaped loaves and place on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake 50 minutes at 350°F. Cool on a rack. May be frozen.
  • Note: You can slice, cube, or grind your veggie loaf and use it in many different recipes as a meat replacement. For example, try lightly breading slices and frying or baking them.

Ready in about 1 hour
Makes 2 loaves

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Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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