25 July 2011

tempeh salad wraps

i hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend wherever you are.  i certainly did - it was full of hot steamy weather, girlfriends, catch-ups, flipflops, cold drinks, silly games, beach swims, tanlines, dripping watermelon & sunshine.

last night i cooked up some big rice bowls for m & myself that were topped with hoisen-glazed tempeh.  they were delicious, but you'll simply have to take my word for it because i forgot to take a picture!  i only used half of the brick of tempeh last night, so today for lunch i made a deliciously creamy tempeh salad with what was remaining.

{tempeh salad wraps}

tempeh salad wraps
makes about 1 1/2 cups or enough for 4-6 wraps

1/2 brick tempeh (about 4oz)
1/4 cup cucumber, diced
1/4 cup celery, chopped
3 green onions, diced
1 dill pickle, diced
1 tsp pickle brine
2 tbsp vegenaise
fresh cracked pepper to taste
4-6 lettuce leaves, rinsed

start by steaming (or simmering) the tempeh for 20 minutes.  this will swell the tempeh slightly and it will also mellow out the strong bitter flavour.  allow the tempeh to cool.  into a medium sized bowl, crumble the tempeh and add the cucumber, celery, onions & pickle followed by the brine and vegenaise.  mix well to coat everything evenly.  add some freshly cracked pepper and give it a taste.  adjust to suit yourself with more brine, vegenaise or pepper. 

scoop a heaping 1/4 cup of tempeh salad into the middle of each lettuce leaf to serve.  use your hands here to wrap up the sides of the leaf and munch away.  alternatively, enjoy this tempeh salad in a toasted sandwich, dolloped onto rice crackers or straight from the bowl.


{yum}

today this was gobbled up in cool, crispy lettuce leaves.  it was seriously yummy.

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