February 29, 2012

Unexpected Celebrations

I love Leap Year!
Why do I love Leap Year so much? Because it is an extra day in February in the same year as the Summer Olympics and the Presidential Election. Did you remember it was February 29th and NOT March 1st today?!? I bet you that a multitude of people forget about leap year because they are so consumed by their hectic life and busy schedule.

But this day only comes once every four years, so really it should be a date of celebration, relaxation, and trying new things!

So I challenge YOU to try some tempeh today!! It is so versatile because it will absorb any flavor you want!

This recipe is asian inspired, with a touch of sweetness and spice! Go take a leap and try it today!

You first need to break open your block of tempeh... it will look like this:
Next you need to cut your block into triangles like so...
The results triangles are really thick, so you need to cut the slices in half, so they turn out like so...
See? The slices are THICK

Cut so the slices are not super thick anymore
We will now turn out attention to the marinade. In a shallow dish combine the following...

  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, more or less depending on taste preference
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Your shallow dish should now resemble this...
Now put everyone in the pool!
Marinate for 10 - 15 minutes on one side

Then flip over and marinate for another 10 - 15 minutes
Time for the cooking it! In a skillet on medium heat, put 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil and wait until everything is hot. Then add the marinated tempeh and cook on each side for about 3 - 4 minutes or until its nice and golden like so...
 Once its done, serve with a side of brown rice and vegetables for a well rounded dinner!

The best thing about cooking with tempeh? Unlike meat, chicken, or fish, you can save the extra marinade as a dipping sauce!

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