Thursday, July 30, 2015

Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad

Hello!!!! So, summer break has been a crazy one. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. The kids and I have been busier than ever with play dates, working in the garden, biking around and just being silly. I also took this great brew class which has been what has been eating up most of my spare time (before the kids get up and during naps, however, we're ready to step up our brewing game so it's all worth it). I knew it was going to be a busy summer, but I never expected Practiganic to take the summer off too! I'm sad because some recipes are already out of season! I guess the garlic scapes pull apart bread is just going to have to wait until next year ... it was good too!

I have way to many recipes 'in the queue' right now that I just haven't had time to finish up. I'm making it a goal to at least get to one a week until school starts and then try to get back into the swing of things. I miss chatting, but I have to say it's been a lot of fun playing around in the kitchen without my notepad attached to my hip!

So ... How's everyones CSA going? I've started a little bit of my canning, just a few jams so far. I'm still waiting on the pickles in the garden to make a full batch (I may have to use the farmer's market this year to stock me up. Only one of my pickle plant seeds survived!). My ten tomato plants are all looking fantastic and my mustard greens and kale have been being picked almost daily.

Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad

Last night, we had Pineapple Wasabi Tempeh Wraps and it made me thing about a few weeks ago when I made this Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad. As my mouth was watering a bit for that spicy zing (good thing I had the wasabi to help with that craving), I knew it was time to finally write a blog post to share the zing! I would love to tell you what was going on in my head when I was making this recipe ... what the day was like ... but I have no idea. All I remember is that I ate my share of dinner as soon as it was mixed and I didn't wait for Paul and I to sit and have dinner together. Once I had one bite, I just couldn't stop myself!

Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad

Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Salad

Serves 3-4

8 oz tempeh, cut into 1/2 in cubes
1/2 c hot sauce, divided
3 T butter, vegan or regular
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 t worsteshire sauce

1/2 c quinoa (I use red because it's more firm with a nutty taste ... adds an extra element of yummy)
1 c water

2 1/2 c cabbage, julienned
1 med carrot, shredded (about 1 cup)
1/4 c scallions, diced
1/3 c vegenaise
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 c blue cheese, crumbled (optional)

Melt butter and mix with hot sauce, garlic and worsteshire. Marinade the tempeh in buffalo sauce for at least 2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a pot, combine water and quinoa. Bring to boil. Once it is boiling, lower heat all the way and cover. Once water is soaked up, the quinoa is done. It should be nice and fluffy. Cool.

Slice your cabbage, carrots, scallions, vegenaise, salt and pepper and mix in a bowl. Once the quinoa is cooled, add that in too.

Now, it's finally time to cook the tempeh! Heat up a little oil in a pan. Fry each side of tempeh for 4-5 minutes on medium heat until it is lightly browned on both sides. Once done, through them back in the marinade for a last coat. Mix in with the cabbage quinoa salad. Add the blue cheese, if you're going to and serve!

I loved that the tempeh was still a little warm. I think that's why I couldn't stop myself from eating my dinner at 3 o'clock! However, by the time Paul got home and it was completely cooled, it was still scrumptious.

Buffalo Tempeh Salad

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