"Do you want to go to Seattle with me?" he asked her.
"Do you want to go to Canada?"
"Ireland? How about London? Do you want to go to London with me?"
She smiled and told him, yes.
- This Life Undone
I love planning trips nearly as much as I love taking them. It's the lists. I adore making lists. And the research. I love doing research. Also, itineraries. Who doesn't want to follow an itinerary?
I know. I'm so type-A, it hurts.
Which is probably how I came up with this recipe: vegetarian barbecue bowl with a lot of moving parts, and a lot of lists. In that sense, it's a bit work-intensive. We're making the coleslaw from scratch, making our own sauce, making the dirty rice and the tempeh. The good news is that nothing is difficult - you're either sauteing things, or you're mixing ingredients together - and you can make a ton at once (feel free to double this recipe), so there can be lots of leftovers!
A few notes. First, if you've never worked with tempeh, you can find it in the refrigerated section of most health food stores. It's similar to tofu in that it's soy-based, but the texture is much firmer. You can chop it up and add it to all kinds of dishes, but if tempeh isn't your thing, feel free to leave it out!
We're also using liquid smoke. This is a pantry essential! I love it because it adds so much flavor. Look for it in a small bottle next to the barbecue sauces. Most groceries will have it.
The dressing here is optional. I'm a huge fan of dressings/sauces/dips of all kinds, but you might find that the coleslaw adds enough "liquid," in which case you can simplify this recipe by leaving the dressing out.
Vegetarian Barbecue Bowl with Dirty Rice and Tempeh