Dinner, Lunch

Caribbean Creole Tempeh

 

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This dish is healthy, vibrant and simple. It doesn’t have a bunch of complicated ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. The ease of this recipe will make it a top contender for my recipe rotation from now on. I hope you like as much as we do! ❤️💛💚

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Caribbean Creole Tempeh

Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipe

Serves: 2-6

Ingredients:
•1 8oz package gluten-free tempeh
•2 garlic cloves, minced
•1 small onion, diced, optional
•1/2 can (7oz) coconut milk
•1 tbsp tomato paste
•2 tsp homemade creole spice blend
•1 small green bell pepper or 1/2 medium/large, diced
•2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or sub vegetable broth for low-fat option)

{creole spice}
•5 tbsp paprika
•3 tbsp salt
•2 tbsp onion powder
•2 tbsp garlic powder
•2 tbsp dried oregano
•2 tbsp dried basil
•1 tbsp dried thyme
•1 tbsp black pepper
•1 tbsp white pepper
•1 tbsp cayenne pepper, or to taste (depends on your spicey tooth 😉

Instructions:
Blend spices together in a medium bowl until well combined to make creole spice. Transfer to mason jar/spice jar.
Tip- label your spice jar so you know exactly what it is in the future.

Cut tempeh into desired sizes/shapes. Mince garlic and dice onion and set aside along with tempeh. In medium bowl whisk together coconut milk, tomato paste and creole spice until well combined. Mix tempeh, garlic and onion into creole coconut sauce. Marinate for an hour, or at least 20 minutes.

Wash bell pepper and dice small. Sauté peppers in oil over medium heat for 7 minutes. Add in tempeh marinade to the mix, making sure to coat peppers in the sauce. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve with rice or whole grain of choice. Enjoy!

Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Lunch

Tempeh Makhani (Indian Butter Tempeh)

 

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Indian food is my new favorite type of cuisine. Between the nutritious ingredients, the rich, aromatic blend of a wide array in spices, and the exciting and also comforting flavors – I am in love. All these components make for the most delicious and satisfying meal.

Aside from my favorite flatbread, tandlachi bhakri (which is gluten-free and happens to be the best flatbread ever, IMO), I didn’t experiment much with Indian food until going vegan. Despite the enticing smells, I mostly stayed away from Indian cuisine because I cannot tolerate spicy foods. I have several GI disorders; gastroparesis IBS and gastritis which make anything too spicy not agree with me. It is a constant battle of wanting to indulge in my many intense cravings, and listening to my tummy and eating accordingly. I’ve learned it’s all about balance.

I’ve had to give up a lot of my favorite foods, but since I’ve recently discovered how good Indian food was, and that it doesn’t have to have a negative effect on me (thank heavens!), most of my favorite dishes are Indian now. Many Indian recipes are vegetarian and vegan, which is a huge plus in that there is less tweaking that needs to be involved in making sure I’m eating cruelty-free, and allergy-free. There are so many spices to choose from and you can sub or omit these spices and create limitless possibilities. Yay for possibilities!

Makhani, which means “with butter” is a Punjabi cuisine consisting of a rich sauce made with butter or ghee, tomatoes, and cream. Generally makhani has onions too, but I omitted onion because I’m allergic. It didn’t make a difference though, the flavor’s still spectacular 🙂

I have never tried butter chicken, but I always thought it looked and smelled so appetizing. So for my first Indian meal I re-created the butter chicken with my absolute favorite high protein veg food – tempeh! This recipe is meat-eater approved, and apparently just as good as butter chicken. I can’t get enough of it, it’s one of my new favorite recipes ^_^

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Tempeh Makhani

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Grain-Free optional

Yield: 4-8 servings

ingredients:

•2 8oz packages of gluten free tempeh
•4 tsps vegan butter
•8 garlic cloves, minced
•2 cans coconut milk (i use full-fat)
•2 cups tomato paste/puree
•2 tbsps garam masala
•2 tbsp curry powder
•2 tsps chili powder
•1 tsp ground ginger
•salt/pepper, to taste

instructions:

cut tempeh to desired sized cubes and set aside.
in a saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
whisk in the coconut milk, tomato puree, garam masala, curry powder, chili powder, ground ginger and a dash of salt/pepper. cook until sauce thickens, about 15-25 minutes.
cook tempeh in large oiled sautee pan over medium heat until golden, around 2 minutes. once tempeh is cooked add too sauce and stir together to coat. serve with brown basmati rice, millet, or grain of choice. enjoy!

Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Lunch

General Tso’s Tempeh

 

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A plant based twist on the favorited classic – General Tso’s TEMPEH!


General Tso’s Tempeh

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Nut-Free

Yield: 1-2 servings

ingredients:

1 8oz package of gluten free tempeh
1 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch
2 tbsp grapeseed oil or coconut oil
1/4-1/2 of a yellow/red/orange bell pepper, diced (optional)
1 cup distilled/purified water

{general tso’s marinade – healthy style}
1 tbs + 1 tsp arrowroot (or cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp cold distilled/purified water
2 tbsp liquid aminos
1 tbsp ginger root, finely minced
1 tbsp garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable broth
1-2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 tbsp coconut nectar or brown rice syrup
1 cup distilled/purified water

instructions:

cut tempeh into 3/4-inch cubes, or into desired sizes. add all the marinade ingredients into a ziplock bag and allow to marinate for 15 minutes or longer, up to overnight for more flavor – if you refrigerate, allow to warm to room temp before cooking. drain marinated sauce into sauce pan. add in 1 cup of water to the sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. cook for several minutes, stirring continuously. due to the sugar in the coconut nectar the sauce can burn quickly so watch closely. as soon as sauce turns into a thick consistency (this takes some time, but be patient it will happen) remove from heat. let sauce slightly cool. place cut tempeh in a clean ziplock bag, add in starch and shake well. make sure all the tempeh is coated with the starch. heat skillet with oil over medium heat. add tempeh and cook until golden-brown. you may have to turn the heat up to medium-high. when tempeh starts to golden add in bell peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. remove from skillet and add to sauce.

serve with brown rice or grain of choice and add some steamed or stir-fried broccoli/broccolini if you’d like. enjoy!