Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Week Gone Vegetarian: Hoisin-Glazed Tempeh with Green Beans + Roasted Cashews

Tuesday's dinner: Our first time eating tempeh. I found this recipe on vegetariantimes.com. I'll admit, I was a little skeptical but the results were pleasingly delicious! This is a vegetarian dish I would absolutely try again.

• Serves 4 •
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 1/2 tsp. rice vinegar, divided
  • 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch (I used rice flour instead)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 12-oz. pkg. frozen whole baby green beans
  • 1/3 cup roasted, unsalted cashews

1. Whisk together hoisin sauce, 2 tsp. rice vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch/alternative thickener, and 1/2 cup water in small bowl. Set aside. Now's a good time to toast your nuts.
2. Heat skillet or wok over medium heat. Add oil, then ginger and garlic. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until garlic turns pale gold.
3. Add tempeh and hoisin sauce mixture to pan. Stir to coat tempeh. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 2 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.
4. Stir in green beans. Cover, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes, or until beans are hot, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp. rice vinegar. Serve topped with toasted cashews (I forgot these for the photo, but loved the overall dish with them added).

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