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Short on time and looking for a healthy vegetarian dish? Brussels sprouts and tempeh caramelize nicely in a ginger, soy, and sesame sauce that wakes up this quick weeknight meal. Marleena, Recipe Hunter

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Brussels Sprout and Tempeh Stir Fry

A hearty vegetarian stir fry

Go meatless one night this week and sub in soybean-based tempeh for a protein source that may surprise you. Although tofu (which is also made from soybeans) is an excellent meat alternative, tempeh provides a bit more substance for a heartier dinner. The fermented bean cake is dense and chewy, with a slight nutty flavor, and can be sliced thin, cubed, or crumbled. When you’re looking to cook a quick and healthy meal mid-week, go for a stir fry, and we love that you can go from pan to table in less than 30 minutes. Brussels sprouts take the spotlight of this simple yet elegant dish, with carrots and red bell peppers adding a colorful contrast. To keep all of those beautiful vegetables crisp, take a few extra minutes to prep your ingredients with a mis en place before heating up your stovetop so that you can throw each vegetable in for a quick flash in the pan. A cornstarch slurry–see our tip at the bottom of this post–makes sure that the aromatic sauce made of fresh grated ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil coats each and every one of those pan-roasted veggies. Shira mentions that a wok is ideal for achieving the perfect sear, but that it can easily be done in a hot cast iron skillet as well. Serve on its own or over a bed of pillowy steamed rice for a satisfying supper that will leave you time to enjoy the longer days now that spring has sprung.


Shira McDermott from In Pursuit of More

As a food lover, I believe eating well should be accessible to all, and that eating healthfully needn’t be overly expensive or complicated. By using seasonal, plant-based ingredients, my aim is to inspire people to cook and eat well & always with a healthy dose of gratitude.

Shira is a food blogger and professional writer who rocks a million-dollar smile and a passion for eating well. On her blog, In Pursuit of More, she shares uncomplicated recipes that make healthful living a cinch, without a single boring dish in the bunch. Shira follows the philosophy that nutritious food can be accessible to everyone, and doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. She believes food brings people together, and the well-lived life is always full of flavor. A lifelong vegetarian, she loves gardening, running, and hanging out with her two fabulous kids (and soul-mate husband) at their home in Vancouver, BC. Shira is inspired by dreams of roaming the countryside, enjoying everything in life with gratitude, and lots and lots of love.

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The Secret to Thickening a Stir Fry Sauce

A stir fry is a quick and healthy meal option. To avoid having all of that flavorful sauce pool at the bottom of your bowl, make a cornstarch slurry.

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