Saturday, March 14, 2015

Plated Meal Review: Tempeh with Mizuna Slaw and Cannoli

This Plated meal actually accomplished a great deal, even beyond being a cooking opportunity. We were able to try two products we were already planning to review (our Spiral Ninja and Btipsy Lemon Squeezer), and we also finally got to try tempeh. Although we've had tempeh in foods before, we have never made it ourselves and since we like tofu and seitan, we were hoping to add another vegetarian staple to our meal planning options. 

The mizuna slaw, which is basically a fancy way of saying salad, was amazing. There was a vinaigrette made of miso paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and a few other ingredients. I loved the flavor of both and we ended up with enough leftover mizuna and red cabbage to add it to a salad later in the week.

Sadly, what we discovered from this meal is that we do not like tempeh. The marinade was awesome and smelled so good. We were very excited to try this, but each of us agreed that tempeh is just not for us. It's too solid and doesn't have the texture or versatility of tofu and seitan. We are positive the recipe is good and that everything came out well, if you like tempeh, but the texture just doesn't work for us. If it was in smaller segments, it may pick up flavors better and be less bland, but we ended up not eating most of the tempeh and just sticking to the slaw.

Fortunately we had ordered dessert as well, and who doesn't love cannoli? These were super easy to make, because Plated sent us the shells so all we needed to do was make the filling and fill the shells.

My only complaint was that the filling was not enough to load up the cannoli and in the future, I would save some of the shells and use more in the few I did fill instead. This was one of my favorite Plated meals, even though I didn't love the tempeh.

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