Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cooking from Spork Foods: Glazed Tempeh and Quinoa-Fennel-White Bean Salad..

Perfecting timing for the release of Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Vegan Recipes. The recipes seem mostly fall-inspired and family-friendly, which is how we've been cooking here lately.

I've been working away from the home office more often and have a tight schedule throughout the week since fall began. I needed a new cookbook to set me straight and do a little bit of the meal-planning for me. This book sounded perfect, lots of tempeh recipes (my current go-to protein) and some Thanksgivingy dishes.

The guy I yap about all the time woke me up in the morning bearing luscious Blue Bottle coffee. He followed through by flipping through the Spork-Fed book to come up with dinner. When I walked in the door, he was prepping my mystery meal: Glazed Tempeh and Quinoa Salad with Fennel and White Beans with a Light Lemon Vinaigrette. He served it on top of some chopped escarole for a big plate of hell yes.

It was a bright meal for a dreary day, flavor-packed tempeh and majorly upgraded quinoa with beautiful greens. Ginger, fennel, lemon, was better than a massage. Life advice: Invest in this book and preferably experience it with someone who loves tempeh and cooking as much as you do.

I guess I need to return the favor and make him some Frosted Tempeh Loaf. This book is already kicking my ass back into blog gear.


Natalie @ Angst Loves Spinach said...

that looks friggin' amazing! I was just thinking of you two tonight and looking forward to the Someday that you open your own restaurant/bar. I'll take an order of hell yes, please!

(PS, I can hardly wait for Vedge to open... the waiting is killing me)

kellywhitephillips said...

Can't wait to open although that'll be a few years...see you at Vedge!

Marcella Marsella said...

Wow, those ladies' smiling faces should be enough to convert anyone to veganism. As a recent convert myself, I'm eager to find some good vegan cookbooks. The problem is I'm very sensitive to soy, which is seems to be a huge part of vegan recipes. Does this one offer a good amount with no soy? Any recommendations on others with little to no soy recipes? Thanks for the help, Kelly!

kellywhitephillips said...

There are plenty of soy-free recipes in here. I like the Clean Start Cookbook for that - the meals are moslty veggie based, with optional grains and protein suggestions.

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