Reprinted from Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton (BenBellaBooks, 2015).
roughly chopped fresh ginger
medium cloves garlic, minced
tamari or coconut aminos
pure maple syrup
freshly squeezed lemon juice
sliced carrot (in discs or half-moons)
pinches sea salt
sliced zucchini or green beans cut into bite-size pieces
red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced (1 medium-large)
cubed baked tofu or marinated tempeh (optional; see note)
roughly chopped or crushed raw cashews (optional)
1. Using a blender or immersion blender, puree all the ingredients for the sauce.
1. In a sauté pan over high heat, add 2–3 teaspoons of the water, carrot, and sea salt. Reduce heat to medium-high, cover, and let the carrot steam for a few minutes.
2. Remove the cover, return heat to high, and add the zucchini. Toss through to let sear slightly.
3. Then add remaining 2–3 teaspoons water, broccoli, and bell pepper. Toss through, cover, reduce heat slightly, and cook for 2–3 minutes, just until broccoli turns bright green (the veggies will continue to cook in sauce, so do not overcook).
1. Add the teriyaki sauce to the vegetable mixture, and tofu or tempeh, if using. Toss to coat, and let the sauce come to a slow boil over medium-high heat.
2. Once the sauce has reached a slow boil and thickened, add the cashews and toss to combine.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately over brown rice, quinoa, or soba noodles.
1. Tofu Note: My original recipe included a step to cook tofu. To save time, I now use prebaked tofu or Simplest Marinated Baked Tofu that I have prepared ahead of time.