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I’ve got a weeknight dinner for you in the midst of all the holiday eating chaos. As much as I love baking and spending endless hours in the kitchen this time of year, I also love stocking up on easy weeknight dinners. Slow-cooker, Instant Pot and sheet-pan dinners are getting me through these busy days.
It seems like the moment we roll the clocks back for daylight savings time, I turn into a hermit. Gone are the days when I feel like doing anything after work; I prefer to be home, in my pajamas and asleep by 9PM. There’s just something completely gratifying about hunkering down when it’s cold and dark; like our own form of hibernation.
This sheet pan dinner came out of such a night. I didn’t feel like driving to the store and didn’t have much in my fridge. After a little experimenting, this meal was born. A quick marinade for the tempeh and a generous seasoning of the vegetables. Throw everything on a sheet pan and ta-da, dinner is served.
I really like tempeh, but know that it might be foreign for most of you. If you’re brand new to tempeh, then I actually recommend trying this sausage recipe first as it’s completely fool-proof and you’ll get a better handle on how to manage the texture.
I’d also recommend cubing the tempeh into bite-size pieces; too large and they won’t get crispy and browned on the edges, which is what this recipe is all about. It’s why you want to cook the tempeh first before adding the vegetables. The tempeh only gets better the longer and crispier the edges get.
I can find tempeh at most of my grocery stores and at Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods but if you can’t find it, then substitute in tofu instead. Marinade it in the same way, then bake it along with the vegetables.
This meal is hearty enough to enjoy on it’s own, or pair with your favorite grain or salad. I served this with couscous and it was delicious, especially if you make extra marinade sauce to drizzle on top!
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