Craving broccoli one night, I scrounged around the fridge and found some leftover brown and wild rice blend and a package of tempeh. Perfect! This simple little meal provides a ton of protein and fiber: if you split this recipe into two servings, each serving contains 28 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber! Not to mention all the additional goodies you get from the broccoli like Vitamin C, Vitamin K and folate. On top of being a nutritionally dense meal, it tastes also good! Steaming tempeh removes the bitterness, and then a simple marinade of rice vinegar and Bragg’s adds a sour, salty punch.
1 package of tempeh, cubed
2 cups of brown rice, cooked
1-2 heads of broccoli, chopped
1 tbsp Bragg’s aminos or gluten-free soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp coconut oil (or preferred cooking oil)
Steam the tempeh cubes for 20 minutes and then remove from heat
Put the Bragg’s, rice vinegar and steamed tempeh to a container or baggie and toss until tempeh is evenly coated. Allow to sit for 15-60 minutes – I recommend cooking your rice while the tempeh marinades
Bring some water to a boil in order to steam or boil your broccoli
Warm the coconut oil in a sautee pan over medium-high heat.
While the coconut oil is heating up, put your broccoli in to steam or boil and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes – until bright green and slightly tender. Drain (if needed) and set aside
Toss the tempeh in the pan while your broccoli is cooking and stir-fry for 5 or so minutes, until the tempeh is slightly browned on the outside and warmed through
When the tempeh and broccoli are done, toss them over the brown rice and serve hot
Tips / Notes
Steaming tempeh reduces the bitterness and gives it a nice texture. This step is optional but since this meal depends on the tempeh for most of its flavoring, I would recommend steaming if you can
The tempeh will be very flavorful, but if you find the rice a little dull you can add a splash of rice vinegar, lime juice, Sriracha or Bragg’s to add more taste. I think some fresh cilantro would be great in here as well.
This meal is even better with a rice blend (pictured above) – my all time favorite is the Lundberg Wild Blend that I order from Amazon. It is a mix of different wild and brown rices and has a ton of flavor. This rice blend helped me finally kick my white rice addiction