Tennessee Tech University Students are learning about plant-based cooking, thanks to a Veg TTU cooking workshop.

Veg TTU, a club at the university, offers a community for vegetarians and those who eat a plant-based diet at the school.


The club offered their first cooking workshop on March 20, inviting anyone curious about plant-based foods to see club members demonstrate how to make seitan, a vegan protein used as a substitute for meat in many recipes.

Club president Lindsay Mills said that the club was working with dining services at the school to help them offer more plant-based options and that the group is putting together a survey to show interest in vegan options.

in May 2017, chefs from the Humane Society of the United States’ program Forward Food met with TTU’s dining services staff to conduct a training on how to cook more plant-based foods and offer healthy vegetarian and vegan options to students.

“It is all about bringing fruits and vegetables to the center of the plate and offering them in an appealing way,” said Forward Food’s food and nutrition coordinator, Rebecca Portman.


VegTTU played a key role in setting up the program at TTU – the group helped to secure a grant to fund the training.

Mills said the plant-based cooking training would help open up more options for students who were interested in trying plant-based foods and give all students a chance to try new things.

Make Your Own Seitan At Home!

Interested in learning to make your own seitan at home? Here are some recipes to get you started!

Seitan With Chickpea Flour

This recipe is made with smoked paprika and vegan Worcestershire sauce for a smokey flavor. This Seitan With Chickpea Flour is a versatile recipe great for sandwiches and stir-fries!


Homemade Beefy Seitan

Mushrooms and red wine help give this seitan more of an umami flavor. This Homemade Beefy Seitan would be perfect for a stew.

Tastes Like Chicken’ Seitan

This Tastes Like Chicken’ Seitan is a protein-packed meat replacement that will add heartiness to any meal. Try it on a sandwich!


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