After running errands out in the cold winter weather, nothing makes me happier than coming home to a big bowl of warm comfort food. Oh, and puppies too. Yes - puppies make me very happy!
But alas, this site is not about being Addicted to Puppies although I could easily veer in that direction with just about every post.
Here's what Friday's Recipe has to offer - and I hope that you find it every bit as tasty and comforting as I do!
Smokey Teriyaki Veggie Bowl
This makes 2 Large servings if eaten on it's own. Otherwise pair it with a pasta or grain of choice and it will stretch to feed even more.
Step 1. Making your Smokey Teriyaki Marinade:
Combine 4 Tbsp Lapsang Souchong loose leaf Tea
2 c Warm (or hot) Water
Steep Tea until water is a Dark Amber Color. Strain your Tea leaves from the water (squeeze as much of the liquid as you can from the tea leaves.
You should have roughly 1 & 3/4 Cups of Tea Water.
In a medium Mixing bowl Combine:
All of your Tea Water (from above)
1/2 c Coconut Aminos
1/4 c Safflower Oil //or// Another type of Mild Flavor Oil - Do not use EVOO
2 heaping tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Granules
1 tsp Lemon Pepper
Sea Salt to Taste (optional)
Whisk all of the above together until everything has dissolved. Set aside and move on to the next Step.
Step 2. Your Veggies
Feel free to use other types of vegetables, this is simply what I had on hand, and what I wanted to eat.
1/2 lb Broccoli
1/4 lb Onion
1/4 lb Mushroom
Slice all of your veggies in fairly uniform size and transfer them to a large container (with a lid).
Pack down your veggies tightly in the container and pour your Smokey Teriyaki Marinade over your Veggies (into the container):
Place the lid onto your container and let your veggies sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. I recommend letting them Marinate over night.
Once your veggies have finished, remove them from the container using tongs, or even your hands...
DO NOT THROW OUT YOUR MARINADE!! Oops - sorry to yell. You'll want to make sure to save your Teriyaki Marinade because after your veggies have been warmed you can drizzle it over them - or even make another batch of Veggies with it.
Warming Your Veggies
Below are the RAW/VEGAN directions for heating your veggies. If heat is not an issue for you then feel free to bypass this step completely.
Conventional Oven: Set your oven to it's very lowest heat, place your veggies onto a cooling rack lined with Parchment Paper, place the cooling rack onto a baking sheet
Transfer your Veggies (seen above) into your oven
Leave your Oven door cracked open and warm your veggies for about an hour, maybe a little bit less.
Dehydrator: Line your Dehydrator with Parchment Paper and place your veggies evenly onto your dehydrating sheet:
Warm your veggies for 1 hour. It's as simple as that!
Enjoy your Veggies piled on top of your Grain or Pasta of choice - don't forget to use your leftover Marinade as a sauce to drizzle on top of your big bowl of comfort food!
I had mine with some Brown "Rice"
Or, you could Roll some SUSHI!
And use your left over Smokey Teriyaki Marinade as a terrific dipping sauce for your rolls.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!