Teriyaki tempeh, red quinoa and peach salsa
I'm not lying when I say that this meal lifted my spirits. How could it not? It's gorgeous and bright. The star here is really the salsa; I could eat it by the bucketful.
- 1/2 package of tempeh, cut into triangles
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cornstarch + 1 tsp water
- In a medium pot, bring water to boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add tempeh, and allow to steam for 10 minutes.
- In a sauce pan, combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch). Bring to a slow boil, then quickly reduce to simmer. Add cornstarch and stir until thickened.
- Thoroughly coat tempeh triangles in teriyaki sauce.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the sauce begins to caramelize.
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches (you can use fresh or canned if desired)
- 1/3 cup frozen corn (though it would be even more delicious with fresh roasted corn)
- 1/3 cup red bell pepper
- 1 large shallot (red onion would be lovely too, but I only had shallots on hand)
- 1/2 lime, juice + zest
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1 tbsp cilantro
- Pinch of cayenne
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Cut all of the produce into bite size pieces.
- In a small bowl, combine lime juice, cayenne and agave. Whisk until combined. Mix into fruits/veggies.
- Top with cilantro. Stir until combined. Season as needed.
- For optimum results, allow to sit in the fridge for at least an hour. The longer it sits, the better the flavors meld.
The quinoa is pretty straight forward. Bring 1 part quinoa and 2 parts water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and they sprout their little tails. I kept mine plain because there was more than enough flavor in this dish already. I quite like the red quinoa, it has more of a bite and a nicer color than its white counterpart. I think I'm going to combine both and make a "quinoa blend" since I'm running low on both, so we'll see how that turns out.
Now, to actually get to the islands...;)