Tempeh and Peanut Stir-fry

Tempeh and Peanut Stir-fry -- Epicurean VeganThis is another quick meal to make when you’re short on time. You can substitute the soba noodles with rice if you’d like and add other ingredients such as bamboo shoots or Chinese snow peas.

1 pkg tempeh, diced
1 Tbs olive oil
1 med zucchini, sliced then quartered
1 red bell pepper, cut into large pieces
1/2 a med onion, cut into large pieces
8-10 mushrooms, quartered
1/2 C lightly salted peanuts
12-14 oz soba noodles or 2 C cooked rice
1 Tbs cornstarch
1/8 C water
1/2 C shoyu, tamari, or soy sauce
1 tsp mirin
1/2 tsp brown rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 tsp ginger
2 Tbs Hoisin sauce

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. In the meantime, cook the noodles or rice. Add the zucchini, tempeh, onion, and bell pepper to the pan and saute for about 15 minutes. Drizzle with a little mirin. While these are cooking, combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients, then whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce mixture. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook just a few minutes–I don’t like shriveled mushrooms, so I always add them last. Stir in the sauce and the peanuts and combine well. Let it simmer a couple of minutes, then serve on the noodles or rice. Enjoy!