When I cook brown rice, I tend to boil a large batch so that I can easily reach for leftovers in the following days without waiting through another long cook time. This is particularly convenient when I am both hungry and cannot decide for the life of me what to eat. I've grown up eating rice with practically every dinner entree and have always loved it, sometimes craving it in on its own with just its boiled simplicity. But somehow, I managed not to go through that batch of rice I cooked up a few days ago, and I needed to do something with it. My solution? Brown rice salad.
1/2 of 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 c shelled edamame, cooked
1/2 c green onions, chopped
1 1/2 c black olives, halved lengthwise
1/4 c walnuts, chopped and toasted (substitute nut of choice)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T herb-infused extra virgin olive oil (or use plain olive oil and add some chopped, fresh parsley and basil)
juice of 1 lemon
1 navel orange
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Broiled Lemon Pepper Tempeh (printable recipe)
1 8-oz package tempeh
1 tsp salt
juice and zest of 1 lemon, divided
1 T shoyu
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Fill a pot with just enough water to cover the tempeh. Bring it to a boil, then add the salt and half of the lemon zest.
Cut the tempeh in half, into two wide, thin slabs. Cut each slab in four equal pieces. Place the tempeh in the boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly, just enough to handle without burning yourself.
Set the broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it lightly with oil (alternatively, use nonstick foil to avoid the need to oil the sheet). In a small bowl, combine the remaining lemon zest, lemon juice, shoyu, garlic, and ground pepper, mixing well. Dip both sides of each piece of tempeh into the lemon-shoyu mixture, then place the tempeh on the prepared baking sheet. Place the sheet a few inches under the broiler for 5 minutes, then flip the tempeh and broil for another 5 minutes, until the pieces are golden brown. Enjoy warm.