Monday, August 27, 2012

unexpected yummy spelt noodle salad/spaghetti


1/4 block tempeh - cut into ~1x1 squares
seasoned salt (your preference)
1/2 tsp - thyme
1/2 tsp - red pepper
1 tbs - Bragg's Amino Acids

1/2 c. onions
1 clove garlic
2 mushrooms
1/2 c. sliced carrots
1/2 c. cilantro
1 tomato

1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
squirt of Bragg's

salad greens
whole spelt noodles (or whatevs)

DISCLAIMER: all measurements are estimated as i tend to just throw stuff together and make a decision intuitively and according to taste...(this sometimes turns out horrible...but i wouldn't share that recipe with you...)

in my head...i thought i was making a grilled tempeh salad... you know: tempeh, salad, otro raw veggies, dressing...

so i started by throwing a little olive oil over the addition i sprinkled lightly some seasoned salt, thyme, red pepper, and a squirt of Bragg's amino acids (i think that's it...) i let it soak for forever (i'm impatient so it was probably like 10-15min) i was heating my cast iron i remembered i had some onions left over, so i thought i'd somehow incorporate know: grilled onions. could taste good on a salad, right?

 i added some olive oil to my skillet and threw in my onions. 

...looking into my skillet, i realized i had more onions than was appropriate for just a salad... 

..i added the tempeh in after a minute and it verified my concern...

so i cut up a clove of garlic and added it to the onions after a few minutes... 

then i sprinkled a handful of sliced carrots in... 

and 2 sliced up mushrooms...

this mix wasn't quite green enough for me so i grabbed a handful of cilantro and put the whole leaves straight in....

along with one diced tomato.

next i scattered a couple seconds worth of cumin, some more seasoning salt,  a squirt of Bragg's amino acids, and a dash of paprika.... and let it all simmer so the flavors could soak in...

while the simmering was happening, i boiled some water and had some whole spelt spaghetti noodles softening up to al-dente perfection (4 whole minutes!)....Drain!

i created a light bed of mixed salad greens, a second layer of noodles, and third of my concocted toppings....


oh! i also added some seasoned cheese curds to mine for an extra topping but i think if i had had a different kind of cheese it might have been better...maybe some parmesan? but it tasted fine without!