Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It's a Good Thing

I always have a protest from first time tempeh eaters, especially if they see it in the package before I fry it up. Sure, it's bumpy and moldy and foreign, but it's darn tasty and such a fantastic source of soy protein and isoflavones, essential amino acids, and beneficial digestive enzymes, that I really must assure you - it's a friend, and a keeper at that. For those who have yet to sample the humble yet noble food, try this preparation; it really jazzes it up and comes from the marinade my dad uses for his famous grilled steaks. The veggies I just whipped up with the dribs and drabs in my produce drawer, and I just did the good old microwave routine on the rice.
Be brave! It really IS good.

Three Grain Crispy Tempeh Bites with Stir Fried Sesame Vegetables and Steamed White Rice

For the Tempeh:
  • 1 package of three grain tempeh
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • vegetable oil for pan frying
  • whisk the ingredients from the soy sauce through the sugar in a bowl
  • cut the tempeh lengthwise and then cut across the tempeh to make 2 inch pieces
  • place the cubed up tempeh onto a deep plate and pour the marinade over evenly
  • marinate for 2-3 hours in the fridge, turning once if possible
  • when time to cook, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a medium skillet over high heat till sizzling
  • add the marinated tempeh pieces quickly, fry for 3 minutes, turn with a fork, and fry another 3 minutes until crispy
  • remove from the oil and let drain on a stack of paper towels

For the Stir Fried Sesame Vegetables:
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 crown of broccoli cut into flowerets
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 rib celery, cut diagonally
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut diagonally
  • 1/4 of a red bell pepper cut into thin strips
  • a splash of vegetable oil
  • a couple of shakes of soy sauce
  • splash of rice vinegar
  • a few sprinkles of toasted sesame seeds
  • bring water to boil in a small sauce pan
  • add the broccoli and carrots and boil for 1 minute, drain, and run under cold water
  • heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat, add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds
  • add the celery and stir fry for about 1 minute, add the bell pepper and stir fry for about 30 seconds, add the broccoli, carrots, scallions, soy sauce and rice vinegar
  • stir fry for about 1 more minute
  • put into a serving dish and sprinkle with the sesame seeds

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