Tempeh is pretty cool. I never ate it growing up. However, for a time I did work here (see photos at end of the post)...saweetest job there ever was, let me tell you. Anyway, the owner was a rambunctious, old vegetarian guy from Boston and on the menu we had a few tempeh sandwiches. This was my only exposure to tempeh for the greater part of my life. I think I did taste it while cooking there and I don't think I liked it very much. Even being vegan for almost a whole year now, I am only just recently starting to really to enjoy it. Well, this is my favorite way to have it now, maple roasted! The unique tempeh flavor is still detectable and compliments it's scrumptious caramelized maple crust. Together with herbed rosemary quinoa, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts, this is a new favorite in my book!
If I had happened to have stumbled upon this dish before Thanksgiving, it would have definitely made an appearance. A sneaksy and delicious way to get non-vegan folk to eat tempeh!? Muah-ha-ha! Perfect. I guess I'll have to wait until next year though.
I have to say, though this dish does seem to have a certain affinity for a Thanksgiving theme, what with the dried cranberries and maple and rosemary...however, I assure you that it's delicious any time of the year. Tempeh is an excellent source of vegan protein as well as probiotics and it can be found pretty much anywhere! Triple win!
Roasted Maple Tempeh + Rosemary Quinoa
- 1 cup dry quinoa (I used red)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary (chopped) or 1 tsp. dried
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp. walnut oil (or olive)
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- 1 tsp. dried sage
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 8 oz. packs of plain tempeh (16 oz. total), cubed
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. dried sage
- 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
First, rinse and drain the dry quinoa. Place in a medium saucepan with the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until all the broth is gone and the quinoa is fluffy. Check on it after about 10 minutes and give it a stir, if left too long the quinoa can stick to the bottom of the pan. Once done, fluff with a fork.
In a large bowl, combine the remaining tempeh ingredients and then add the tempeh cubes and stir well to coat.
Scatter the cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until the maple syrup has caramelized atop the tempeh. Be sure to check that the walnuts don't get too toasty!
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[yumprint-recipe id='59']I was a waitress and cook at the Hatcher Pass Lodge for a few years when I came back from college in Montana. It was a great job. I had the opportunity to work in an Alaska State Park, with absolutely breathtaking views. I remember the serene drive up to the mountains, and baking fresh cookies and muffins all alone, long before any customers or other employees got there, while listening to NPR. I think it's really where I discovered my love for cooking!
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