BF and I like to grill on Sundays, and sometimes Saturdays and Fridays. It’s a nice relaxing way to cook up some food and get outside, especially right before the week starts again. More often than not, I’ll go with veggie burgers or dogs that can plop right on the grill with no prep, especially if everyone else is having burgers or dogs and I don’t want to feel left out. Last Sunday we went to the store and bought food for both lunch and dinner, so I had quick veggie burgers for lunch and wanted to do something a little more involved for dinner. And by involved I mean marinated. I’ve not become a marinade expert yet, especially because most of the time I prepare them at bf’s house and their pantry is stocked quite differently than mine. For our portobellos I used balsamic, soy sauce, olive oil and Coke. It was sitting there on the counter so I went crazy and threw it in instead of sugar. The mushrooms turned out good, but not great. My marinades always taste a little flat. Have any go-to marinade combinations that always work?
Here is the meal, as reheated the next night.
The potatoes were roasted. BF likes to do everything on the grill when we grill, but potatoes take a lot of time and space, so in the name of practicality I insisted on roasting them. I marinated the tempeh in a spicy sauce loosely based on the DEOTS tempeh wingz – 2 parts ketchup, 1 part hot sauce, 1 part mustard and a splash of olive oil. It tasted good but the tempeh was dry in the middle, I probably should’ve sliced it in half horizontally for thinner pieces. I probably also should’ve not cut the pieces so small, so bf didn’t have to be so vigilant about not dropping them through the grates! He did an excellent job, and even tried a bite of tempeh.