Here we toss tempeh with a honey-sesame sauce and serve it over quinoa and shredded carrots for a satisfying vegetarian meal. Serve with sesame breadsticks.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

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Ingredients

Quinoa & Carrot Slaw
Sesame-Honey Tempeh

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare quinoa: Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed, 10 to 14 minutes. Uncover and let stand.

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  • To prepare carrot slaw: Meanwhile, combine carrots, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon soy sauce in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • To prepare tempeh: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes.

  • Combine honey, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened and coats the tempeh, about 1 minute.

  • Divide the quinoa among 4 bowls and top each with 1/2 cup carrot slaw and 3/4 cup tempeh mixture. Sprinkle with scallions.

Tips

Tip: To toast sesame seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Ingredient Note: Look for tempeh near refrigerated tofu in natural-foods stores and many large supermarkets.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

536 calories; protein 27.8g 56% DV; carbohydrates 52.8g 17% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 4.6g 19% DV; sugars 17.3g; fat 26.8g 41% DV; saturated fat 4.5g 23% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 9100.9IU 182% DV; vitamin c 4.7mg 8% DV; folate 105.6mcg 26% DV; calcium 214.5mg 22% DV; iron 5.8mg 32% DV; magnesium 185.2mg 66% DV; potassium 899.2mg 25% DV; sodium 587.6mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 29% DV; added sugar 13g.

Reviews (21)

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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2018
I made it exactly as written minus the carrot slaw because I was feeling lazy and it was delicious. I was ready to give up on tempeh (tried it in tacos and meh) and decided to use my last block on this recipe. I will definitely continue to eat tempeh now and use this recipe. PS. Super easy to make as well which is a bonus! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2018
This is such a tasty recipe. The flavors mix extremely well and it is very quick and easy to make. I always add extra carrot. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2017
I made all the quinoa and carrots and half the tempeh. Also I used a parsnip in place of some of the carrots. Yummy! I would recommend twice the amount of carrot slaw per person. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2014
Delish Stuck to the exact recipe. Delicious easy...and even my carnivorous fiance liked it! Definitely a new favorite. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2013
Post Workout Protein Bomb Loved this recipe! I had a tough weightlifting workout tonight and needed a protein bomb to rebuild my muscle. I had planned to prepare according to recipe but at 930 at night the prospect of preparing quinoa didn't sound fun. Instead I put the carrot slaw and tempeh over a microwaveable dish of thai jasmine rice. Prep time was well under 30 minutes and it tasted DELICIOUS! Pros: quick delicious Cons: quinoa takes a long time sub with something else Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2013
Another option for the carrot salad We love this recipe as written but recently discovered another way to use the carrot salad. Take a slice of multi-grain bread top with a thin layer of your favorite hummus and then a generous serving of the carrot salad. Great open-faced sandwich option for a summer lunch. Pros: Quick healthy (or healthful) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
loved this! I loved this recipe! It tasted great and was easy to make. Even if you like meat or have never tried a meatless dish this is a good one to try. One thing to note is it took me about an hour to prep and cook. Not terribly long but need to put the time aside. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2012
Probably My Favorite Recipe from this website so far My boyfriend and I made this dish tonight for dinner and it was easy to cook and very tasty & filling. Will definitely make again. Oh and I made no substitutions except I ran out of sesame oil so I used some tahini (sesame paste) I had on hand. Seriously try this recipe guys! Pros: SUPER delicious easy to make very healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2012
Tempeh for the Win I never thought I'd use the words delicious and tempeh in the same sentence but this is a delicious tempeh dish! Pros: Delicious High Protein Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2012
Had to go out of my way to buy sesame oil and tempeh -- but it was worth it! This salad is good hot or cold and the scallions really add a depth of flavor. Shared it with some coworkers at work and they all agreed -- this salad is tops! Pros: Quick Vegetarian Cons: Specialty Ingredients Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2012
Great meatless twist on classic rice bowl I mixed with 1 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of rice vinegar with 1.5 tbsp of honey and poured over the crumbled tempeh and marinated it for a couple of hours. Then I used 1 tbsp of honey for the tempeh sauce. This came out so great. I've had this recipe in my account for so long and finally decided to try it and so glad I did. Definitely a keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It was quick and delicious. A snap to prepare. Had some leftover which I had the next day for lunch. Will definately recommend to my vegetarian friends. BJS Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really liked this. It was pretty simple and I plan to make it again. Another winner from Eating Well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I cooked this for dinner tonight and it was great and even better after adding some hot chile sauce. It was the first time I had tempeh and I absolutely loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very quick easy and yummy! I'm glad i didn't read the nutritional information until after I ate it or I might have been deterred by the calories and carbohydrates...but more satisfying than a quick bowl of pasta so I will likely make again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
it was tasty and reheated well Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We really enjoyed this dish. I made the full recipe for the quinoa and carrot slaw and halved the Tempeh part since we only needed two servings. The quinoa and carrot slaw is really good on its own. It was good cold too. We ate it as a side dish the next day. I didn't change anything in the ingredients and plan on making it again the same way. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Even the kids devoured it! We're going to make this again and again and again.... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Loved this but we did reduce the honey to 1 TBS and add some red pepper flakes to the tempeh during browning. The recipe for us was easily six servings - filling and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This was GREAT and so high protein. I made it exactly as written. Well worth the calories and very filling. I actually think as another commenter noted it would do well as six servings instead of four. I almost couldn't finish mine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A perfect "meatless Monday" lunch! My guy was not thrilled when I told him we should try to go meatless one day/week but actually really liked this dish. I didn't have tempeh on hand so instead I pressed extra firm tofu inbetween towels (to remove moisture) and crumbled it into the pan. I prefer tempeh since it is less processed though more calories than tofu but the tofu substitute worked really well. I'm going to reduce the honey next time as another comment suggests because I found it to be a little too sweet (strange since I have a sweet tooth). I didn't try it warm just chilled since I made it the night before for lunch. It was perfect like that. Pros: Easy/fast relatively small ingredients list Read More