This dish is very simple to make and so yummy to eat! I probably wouldn't make it for company, but it's a great simple lunch or dinner in under 30 minutes. There are 5 components to this bowl. Each one is yummy on its own, but together they create a powerhouse of deliciousness! Perfectly steamed vegetables meet meaty mushrooms paired with nutty sauteed tempeh, and it's all topped off with a sauce bursting with the flavors of ginger, sesame, miso, and carrot.
Can we just talk for a second about the other cool things this has going on? You've got macro- and micro-nutrients, vitamins, phytochemicals, probiotics, fiber, and other goodies your body needs. Usually “health food” leaves me feeling...well, hungry, and unhealthy food renders me fit for nothing but napping. This is neither--it'll make you feel full, energized, and ready to take on the world! I'm not saying it'll give you superhuman abilities to charge through your day...but I'm not saying it won't either! Without further ado, here's how it's made:
Superhero Carrot-Ginger Bowl Recipe
Makes: 4 servings
What really makes it is the Carrot-Ginger Dressing
· ½ lb sliced carrots (I buy mine pre-sliced from the store)
· 1 clove garlic, whole with skin removed
· 2 tablespoons chopped white onion (4-5 slices will do)
· 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (you can totally buy this pre-minced in a jar, and it’ll save you so much headache. I use Christopher’s)
· ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (juice of about ½ to 1 lime)
· ¼ cup filtered water (plus a few splashes if needed)
· 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
· 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
· 2 tablespoons red or white miso paste (this is one of the awesome micronutrients, don’t skip it!)
· 1 teaspoon agave nectar
· A pinch or two salt
1. Boil the carrots and garlic by adding them to about 2 quarts boiling water for about 10 minutes, then drain, reserving about 1 inch of the hot water.
2. Place the carrots, garlic, and all other ingredients in a blender, and blend until very smooth. You can add a little more water if it’s hard to blend or if you’d like your dressing a little thinner.
This dressing has SO MUCH flavor! It tastes kind of like the salad dressing at Japanese restaurants. I’ve never made that, but I have a feeling it contains similar ingredients.
Tempeh and Mushrooms:
We’ll use the same marinade on both the tempeh and the mushrooms, which is handy. It tastes completely different on each one, which is exciting!
3. To start, in a gallon-size zip-top bag, combine the marinade ingredients:
· 4 tablespoons tamari
· 3 tablespoons olive oil
· 10 drops liquid smoke
· ¼ teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder, coriander
4. Zip it up, and mix it around to ensure all ingredients are well-combined, then add:
· 8 oz multigrain tempeh, cut in ½ inch cubes
5. Zip it up and swirl it around again, making sure that the tempeh is thoroughly coated, then remove the tempeh to a skillet over medium heat, using a slotted spoon, to ensure that as much marinade as possible stays in the bag.
6. Once all the tempeh is in the skillet, add to the bag of marinade:
· 12 oz sliced mushrooms (I used cremini, but button shiitake, or another variety would work equally well)
· 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (Optional)
7. Shake the bag around again, and then just let the mushrooms marinate while you prepare and assemble the rest of the dish!
1 lb vegetable, fresh or frozen (It’s great on broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sugar snap peas, green beans, peppers, and pretty much everything!)
We’re going to steam the veggies. You can use the same hot water from boiling your carrots, pour some out until you have about 1-2 inches in your pot, then put the steamer in the pot, add the veggies, cover, and steam for about 5 minutes or until bright and just barely tender. When veggies are no longer frozen in center, remove from steamer and set aside to cool.
Think of your bowl divided into four quarters. Fill one quarter with the tempeh, one quarter with the mushrooms, and the other two quarters with the veggies. Dollop a couple of nice big spoonfuls of that luscious Carrot-Ginger Dressing right in the middle and viola, you have a beautiful healthy balanced meal!