I love vegetables. I could write sonnets about them. If I had any talent for sonnet writing. Food in general just gets me excited. I am one of those people who would gladly sit in a corner at a party and just talk to someone about food for hours. Even if they are just telling me about food they ate that week, I am into it.
Everyone has to eat, so food is one of those things you could talk about with almost everyone. One of my favorite things to do is asking people about places they traveled and then asking about the food. It’s so fun to hear about not only the different foods, but reactions to them. Food is pretty exciting guys. It’s ok to feel that way.
Lately, there are times when I am feeling stressed out I just want dinner made in 2 minutes so I can curl up with it and relax (usually followed by some dark chocolate.. can’t you just feel the stress melting away thinking about it?) And then there are also times when I am stressed out and I just want to spend hours making homemade bread or something labor intensive because focusing on those tasks and the wonderful aromas are their own kind of therapy.
This dinner is for the 2 minute dinner days. Which is also frequently weekdays for me. And I need to tell you how much I adore frozen vegetables. Because sometimes I forget to buy the right ingredients, or somehow we don’t have any fresh veggies in the fridge. Frozen broccoli deserves it’s own beautiful sonnets (do they have a sonnet writing class? I think I might need to take that). It needs no prep, takes only a couple of minutes to cook, and goes with almost any style of cooking. It saves the day a lot for us. Maybe instead of a sonnet it needs a cape so it can go out and fight crime? Either way it’s yummy, and a star in this dish.
Health highlight of broccoli: while broccoli may seem like a common, unremarkable veggie, it is actually a powerhouse of healthy stuff. Broccoli contains a compound that has been shown to be effective in preventing certain cancers. The nutrients in broccoli also help to promote and regulate detoxification in the body. Broccoli is also a strongly anti-inflammatory food, and promotes a healthy immune system.
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (or EV Olive Oil)
- 2 (8 oz) packages Tempeh [cut half lengthwise then sliced]
- 4 cloves Garlic [minced]
- 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
- 1-2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (depending on your tastes)
- 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Broth
- 3 Green Onions (scallions) [Sliced]
- 4 cups (about 10 oz) Broccoli (I used frozen)
- Juice of ½ Lime
- Optional: Rice to serve
- In a large pan add the coconut oil and tempeh
- Fry until golden, about 5 minutes stirring occasionally
- Add the garlic and sesame seeds
- Contiune to cook until the garlic softens and becomes fragrant, about 2-3 additional minutes
- Add the soy sauce, maple syrup, and veggie broth
- Add the scallions and broccoli and cover (I use aluminum foil) to allow the broccoli to steam for about 5 minutes
- Add the lime juice and stir well
- Taste for seasoning, feel free to add additional soy sauce if you think it needs it
- Serve and enjoy!!
PS… If you are a lover of books that are written for teens, involve fantastical things, and also girls who are awesome (and sometimes kiss boys) I find it my duty as a book nerd to tell you to read the Unspoken series. (Unspoken is the first book, Untold is the second, and Unmade just came out and is the final book in the series.. I haven’t finished it yet, but I expect I will be up at ungodly hours of the night hiding under the covers pretending to be asleep while reading it until I have finished it because that’s my MO with good books)
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