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Tempeh Botanical Bowls with Quinoa & Peanut Sauce

A fabulous summery plant-based meal of sesame soy marinated tempeh served with quinoa, seasonal salads and a peanut-satay style sauce. 


The sauce is worth doubling the batch; it blends in seconds and elevates the most simplistic salads, grains and proteins. 

  • Serves4
  • Cooks in 8 mins
  • Prep time 20 mins


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  • 8oz | 225g Tempeh
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce | tamari
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove - crush | grated
  • 1 tsp ginger - grated


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups carrot grated
  • 2 cups salad leaves
  • 1 cup red cabbage - thin sliced
  • 1 cup radish - fine sliced
  • 1 scallion - fine sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro - chopped
  • 2 cups sprouts | cress - opt.

Peanut Satay Sauce

  • ½ cup peanut butter - smooth | crunchy
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce | tamari
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar | lime juice
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • Dash of chilli sauce - if you like!



Tempeh Botanical Bowls with Quinoa & Peanut Sauce


WHISK together tempeh marinade ingredients in a bowl or glass container.


THINLY slice tempeh in even slices – see photo. Add to marinate. Rest while you prepare the salad bowls + sauce.


GRATE carrots, slice and dice all other salad ingredients.  


HEAT a non-stick pan to medium. Add marinated tempeh slices in an even layer and pan sear for 3 – 4 minutes on each side until golden and crispy.
You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan. IF the tempeh starts to stick, you can add 2 teaspoons of water and turn the pan down to medium-low. Remove pan from heat.


PLATE cooked quinoa + salad ingredients dividing evenly between 4 bowls. TOP with pan-seared tempeh & drizzle liberally with peanut satay-style sauce.


SERVE with soy sauce + peanut sauce as a side condiment.


Peanut Satay Sauce
WHISK or shake all ingredients together to form a smooth sauce. Using a blender take seconds.
TASTE adjust to your tastes – add more ginger or chilli sauce for extra spice. 
STORE in the fridge covered. It keeps well; give it a good stir before serving.

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

SWAP | ADD to marinade 1-2 tsp – gochujang or harissa paste, tomato paste, Thai red curry paste.


SWAP tempeh for tofu, mushrooms or other proteins you like.


ADD shitake mushrooms 1-2 cups sliced and x4 marinate ingredients.


PAN SEAR with 1 tsp olive oil or sesame oil if you like.


SWAP quinoa for cooked rice, lentils, whole grains, peas, beans or chickpeas.


ADD herbs like basil, parsley, chives, dill, smaller amounts of marjoram, oregano, thyme, rosemary.


SALAD LEAVES use spinach, lettuces, arugula | rocket, mizuna, cress, beet or radish greens; any leaves you like.

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