Black Rice, Tempeh, Broccoli and Kale


Updated Jun 29, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

This healthy, hearty vegetarian dinner recipe starring black rice, tempeh, broccoli and kale makes a filling and nutritious meal, with leftovers for lunch. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($20; Running Press) by Jared Koch and Jill Silverman Hough.

Black Rice with Tempeh, Broccoli and Kale

  • Serves: 4
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  • 1 1/2 cups (280 grams) black rice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided (from about 2 lemons)
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (200 grams) broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) kale, ribs removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch shreds
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) sliced tempeh, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 medium sized red cabbage, cored and cut into 1/4-inch shreds
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) pine nuts, toasted


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the rice and 2 2/3 cups (630 ml) of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover, and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the tahini, oil, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of water, and salt to taste. Set aside.
  3. When the rice is about 15 minutes from being done, in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer insert, bring the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water to a boil over high heat. Arrange the broccoli, kale, tempeh, and cabbage in the insert, cover and steam until the vegetables are tender and the tempeh is heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Arrange the rice on plates or a platter and top with a vegetable mixture, tahini sauce, and pine nuts. Pass any remaining tahini at the table.
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