Vegan Protein Power Salad

A summer salad full of colour, texture, taste and of course protein.  I reckon this works out at about 29g of protein per portion, which for vegans is pretty good going. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 60g drained black beans from a tin, preferably organic
  • 80g tempeh—I used The Tofoo Co. plain tempeh
  • 1 peach or nectarine, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • Summer herbs of your choice, I used thyme
  • 1 tbsp whole hemp seeds
  • Drizzle of olive oil—optional
  • 100g of cooked quinoa, for serving
  • Green leaves of your choice, for serving

 Serves 1 – easily makes more

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 170 / 150 fan and put in a baking tin.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in the tin when hot, add the beans to coat in the oil, and roast for 5 minutes
  3. Meanwhile mix the soy sauce, honey, lime zest and vinegar. Season to taste.
  4. After 5 minutes, add to the roasting tin all other ingredients, (except the hemp seeds and olive oil.) Pour over the dressing and mix well.
  5. Roast for just another 5 minutes.
  6. Done! Tip the green leaves and cooked quinoa onto a plate, then spoon out the contents of the tin. 
  7. Sprinkle over the hemp seeds, optional olive oil, and a few more herbs if you like.

Servings:

1

Ready In:

under 15 mins

Good For:

Summer

Health Benefits

Tempeh is made from cooked fermented soybeans. For plant-based diets is one of the best sources of protein and an all round highly nutritious food.  High in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and fibre.  Plus of course the fermentation process makes it very gut-friendly.  An all round amazing food.

Hemp seeds – over 25% of their calories comes from protein, making these seeds an amazing little protein powerhouse.  Also surprisingly rich in omega 3, numerous other nutrients, particularly vitamin E.  I love the whole hemp seeds, unhulled, as they stay crunchy no matter what.  They also sprout easily which boosts the nutrient content even more.

 

Beans & lentils— Great for the heart, steadying blood sugar levels, satiety levels and energy, fibre (happy guts!). They high levels of polyphenols in the darker beans, and count as 1 of your 5 a day.  High in folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper & iron. 

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Low Sugar

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Vegetarian

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Vegan

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Gluten Free

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3 of 5 A-Day

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