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

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




Quinoa & Carrot Slaw
Sesame-Honey Tempeh


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare quinoa: Bring 3/4 cup 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 12 minutes. Uncover and let stand.

  • To prepare carrot slaw: Meanwhile, combine carrot, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • To prepare tempeh: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes.

  • Combine honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon 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 between 2 bowls and top each with half the slaw and half the tempeh mixture. Sprinkle with scallions.


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; 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.

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Rating: 5 stars
So good! This was the first we've used tempeh in a recipe and it was a nice treat. The pieces went together really quickly and both my hustband and I enjoyed the meal. Will certainly be using this often. Pros: Fast. Tasty. Cons: All gone Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Almost There... We loved this meal and as a new convert to tempeh I found this to be the best meal I've used it in. The nutty flavor really complemented it. The only downside is that I found myself wanting more of the honey flavor and we had to add extra soy sauce at the table to punch up the flavor. We'll remake but we'll add to the sauce recipe a bit. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: Needs more flavor Read More