Friday, June 10, 2011

Black Eyed Pea & Kale Crusted Tempeh, Roasted Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs

Tender black eyed peas, red bell pepper, greens and spicy seasoning crusted on tempeh, nestled on top of cauliflower roasted with crispy breadcrumbs and rosemary.

P.S. This is my 300th post!

Black Eyed Pea & Kale Crusted Tempeh
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
1/2 white onion, small dice
1/2 red bell pepper, small dice
12 oz tempeh, cut into 4-3 oz pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-15oz can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 tbl creole seasoning
salt and pepper
1/4 cup loosely packed kale, minced
1 cup vegetable broth

In a large saute pan, heat the oil and saute the onions and red bell pepper over medium-high heat until the vegetables have softened, 7 minutes. Add the tempeh and continue to saute on one side until it has a golden brown crust. Add the garlic cloves and black eyed peas. Toast for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the creole seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Add the kale and vegetable broth and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Meanwhile preheat the oven to 425. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up as well.
Remove the tempeh from the vegetables and place on the hot baking sheet. Mash the vegetables together and pack tightly on top of each piece of tempeh. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and roast for 25 minutes.

Roasted Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs
1 head cauliflower, small florets
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
3 tbl extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 425.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and salt and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and toss with the remaining ingredients. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Parsley Oil
3 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh parsley
salt and pepper

Gently heat the oil in a small saute pan. Transfer to a blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Taste and season.

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