Blue Plate Special #39: Cajun Tempeh & Not-That-Dirty Rice

Whenever my husband (the secret chef) requests cajun night, I use my cajun spice mix. Tonight it’s tempeh with my clean version of dirty rice and a side of steamed spinach.

serves 3 to 4

Cajun Tempeh
1 package soy tempeh
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons agave
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
The Cajun Spice Mix *

Thinly slice the tempeh. Whisk the marinade ingredients together. Pour tempeh and marinade into a non-stick skillet and cook until bubbly and caramelized. There will be some marinade left in the pan. Spoon it on top of the tempeh and rice!

Not-That-Dirty Rice
1/2 red onion
1/2 green bell pepper
2 small ribs (or 1 big rib) of celery
1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon paprika
S and P
Sunflower oil

Dice the vegetables. Sauté in a drop of oil for a few minutes, until they start to soften. Add the rice and stir around. Add the stock, paprika, salt and pepper and cook until liquid is absorbed.

* The Cajun Spice Mix
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steam a handful of spinach. Plate it up and enjoy!

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