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Sesame Quinoa topped with Maple-Ginger Bok Choy and Tamari-Glazed Tempeh Strips

The trick to this dish is to time it right.  The tempeh needs to marinate for half an hour at the least, then the quinoa is cooked for 15-20 min, and the tempeh for 4-5 min.  The boy choy takes ~5 min as well.  The tempeh and quinoa recipes hail from Jack Bishop’s A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen.

For the tempeh:

8 oz tempeh, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch-thick pieces (**tofu can be substituted)
2T tamari
2T rice wine

Place the tempeh in a skillet just large enough to hold the pieces in a single layer. Add the tamari and rice wine and turn the tempeh to coat. Set aside, turning the tempeh occasionally, until well seasoned, about 30 min.

When quinoa is almost done, place pan with tempeh and marinade over medium-high heat.  Cook, turning once, until tempeh is golden-brown and marinade has evaporated (around 4 minutes).

For the quinoa:

2 tsp canola oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbs black sesame seeds
1 c quinoa, rinsed in a fine strainer under cold running water
1 3/4 c water

Heat oils in a medium saucepan, preferably nonstick, over medium heat until shimmering.  Add the sesame seeds and cook until fragrant (around 30 sec). Add the quinoa and cook, stirring often, until toasted, about 2 min.  Add the water and salt (to taste) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

For the bok choy:
(I made this part up, so I have no idea how much of each I used)

baby bok choy
canola oil
sesame oil
maple syrup

Chop the baby bok choy and separate white stems from leaves. Heat canola oil in pan, and mix up the rest of the marinade to taste.  Add the bok choy stems to the pan, along with most of the marinade, and cook until tender and clear.  Just before they are done, add the bok choy leaves and the rest of the marinade.

To serve:

Place quinoa on plate, then top with bok choy and tempeh strips.  Add more black sesame seeds for garnish.

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