Seems the natural sugars and water in the vegetables prevent them from just turning into charcoal bits as I thought they would have without the oil. After I had removed the roasted veg from my baking pan, I added some sliced Field Roast seitan frankfurters and baked them for a bit while my wheat pasta boiled. When my pasta was done, I threw in some frozen chopped kale in with the pasta and water to heat it up. I then strained the pasta with kale then put that back into the pot, added my puree and baked frankfurters and served topped with some toasted pine nuts.
Chris really loves seitan now. I was told by my Engine2 instructor and coach last Monday that even vegan processed meats are a processed food. And to only eat them occasionally (mostly because of added salt, sugar and oil found in most processed foods). Makes sense. A processed food no matter meat based or not, is still processed. The goal is to eat a whole foods plant based diet.
We have been eating a certain way for some 40 years. To change to something different takes work and time. We still like the tastes and texture of what used to be meat in our diets. These meat substitutes have the same texture like their animal counterparts and also (if you get the right thing) taste like them. Adding them in dishes every now and then seem to help our cravings for that texture and taste. What I need to do is make my own seitan. Then I can make my own sausage.
I have to be happy with the progress we are making here. I'm going to keep and open and reasonable mind about all of this.
My instructor also hit my heart where it would hurt the most and mentioned that agave nectar is considered a processed sugar. Damn it man! Dude, you're killing me here! I just can't handle that one. I don't plan on omitting it from my tea. I'll reduce my serving, but I won't give it up. Sorry....
We have been plant based for six weeks now. I myself feel awesome! I mean, aside from my allergies, I feel so much lighter and cleaner. I have more energy now and can even notice it at my workouts. Oh, and something else I have noticed. My fingernails are thick and hard now. They were always so thin and brittle before. Crazy cool.
To summarize: You can roast vegetables without oil. Eat processed meat substitutes only occasionally. I love my agave nectar! I have the nails of a vampire.