Monday, November 29, 2010

Sesame Tempeh with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Sometimes you just need something warming for dinner.  A nice big pile of veggies and protein with some rice in the form of a curry, stew, or maybe a stirfry.  My friend and coworker Gabrielle is genious at creating such vegetarian dishes, and often does for the hot food bar we have at the deli we work in.  I will ask her what she is making and she will simply smile and say "slop".  Delicious slop it is, and far from slop, as her stir fries and tofu dishes are always beautiful and full of brightly colored vegetables...the slop refers to the mound of food I guess.  So yesterday I decided that I needed some slop, and I threw together a quasi Asian dish inspired by her.  She makes a tempeh dish with roasted brussels sprouts and tempeh with sauteed carrots, kale and onions that is amazing.  It contains lots of garlic, ginger and mirin, and always smells wonderful!   And so, since I don't have her recipe, I made my own version, which turned out beautifully!  Below I have included the finished dish if you would like some delicious slop as well! 

Sesame Tempeh with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Serves 2

3 cups organic brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (if large)
4 medium organic carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the bias
peanut oil

8 oz tempeh, cut into medium triangles
2 Tbsp Tamari
1 Tbsp peanut oil

2 large shallots
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp peanut oil
2 Tbsp mirin
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup Tamari
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp water
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

brown rice for serving

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil, and spray with non-stick spray. Toss brussels sprouts and carrots with just enough peanut oil to coat, and spread out on one of the sheets. Roast until tender and starting to brown, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the tempeh with 2 Tbsp tamari and 1 Tbsp peanut oil and spread out on the other sheet. Bake until starting to brown at edges, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, when the veggies and tempeh are almost through roasting, heat 1 Tbsp peanut oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add onions, and ginger and saute until onions are starting to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and sautee until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add roasted veggies and tempeh. Whisk together mirin, orange juice, sesame oil, tamari, and cornstarch, and add to the pan. Stir, and cook until heated through. Add sea salt to taste, and toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot with rice!


Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy said...

This looks delicious! Never tried tempeh since I can't find it in any grocery store here but if I do, I'll definitely try this ;). I love Brussels sprouts :).

ping said...

I luv tempeh! And brussels sprouts too! All my fav stuff, looks YUM!

Dimah said...

What a fabulous meal! it sounds amazing!

Amy Bakes Everything said...

Oooo, that looks good. Good good good...I would have this plate cleaned in 3 minutes...and be asking for seconds.

Marly said...

OK. I don't think I have ANY of the ingredients necessary to make this dish...but I'm gonna run out and get them NOW! Well, I probably have some of the staples, but not the tempeh (gasp!), brussels sprouts (agghh) or sesame seeds (doh!!). This looks so good and after a week of more traditional vegan meals, I need this. Thanks SO much!

BroccoliHut said...

Great recipe! I am always looking for new new ways to use tempeh.

TiffKey said...

This looks delicious! I love roasted brussels sprouts (my sister and I usually shave them, so that the caramelized flavor gets all the way through the sprout). Thanks for sharing!!!

Joanne said...

That dish looks so good.
Tempeh has become one of my favorites. It took me such a long time to get over the sight of it, thinking the store was trying to sell something moldy and old. Once I began experimenting with it, I fell in love. So nutritious and so good.

January said...

that looks so flavorful and healthy! i love the addition of sesame seeds ;)