Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tempeh Cajun Bowl




I don't always cook dinner.  A lot of times, we end up eating vegan grilled cheese or a salad.  I love to cook, though, and during the week, I want something quick.  This dinner is super easy and flavorful.

Tempeh Cajun Bowl

Ingredients:

Tempeh:
1 (8 oz) package tempeh
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs green chilis
1 tsp hot sauce

Stir Fry:
1 cup chopped lacinato kale
2 red onions
5 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
1 yellow bell pepper
2 green peppers
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup brown rice or packaged rice, see below

Green Beans:
2 cups fresh green beans
2 tsp hot sauce
2 tbs sesame seeds
water for boiling
1/2 tsp salt


  • Set a small pan full of water to boil.
  • Cube tempeh.  Add to boiling water.
  • Cook for 15 minutes on a low boil.
  • While tempeh is boiling, chop vegetables for the stir fry.
  • Heat up a large skillet on medium/high heat.
  • Add olive oil, red onions and garlic.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  • Add bell peppers, kale and parsley.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes on medium, low heat.
  • Cook rice per these instructions if using rice.  Cook per package directions if using pre-made rice.
  • Once tempeh has boiled, drain.
  • Put pan back on stove at medium heat.
  • Add nutritional yeast, green chilis, hot sauce, and olive oil to the pan.
  • Cook tempeh cubes on medium low for 10 minutes.
  • In a large sauce pan, fill with water and set to boil.
  • Add green beans and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain water and put beans back on stove.
  • Add hot sauce, sesame seeds and salt.
  • Stir fry for 5 minutes.  I like my beans crispy, but if you want them softer, boil longer.
  • Assemble the dish.  Rice + stir fry + tempeh.  Serve with a side of green beans!







It seems like a lot of ingredients, but it is fairly easy to make.  Fresh garlic and a good hot sauce are really key.  I used Louisiana.  







Instead of making a pot of rice, we tried this white quinoa and barley package.  It was really delicious and easy.  I love regular brown rice, but this would work great in a pinch!



What is your favorite, easy dinner?  Have you ever used freezer rice?

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6 comments:

  1. Fab! Thanks for joining the potluck!

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    1. Thanks! I am excited to be a part of it!

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  2. This looks great Potluck sharing food. I love Tempeh but haven't used it in ages. Really need to get some again… so thank you for the inspiration.

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  3. Love meals like this. So comforting and good. Thanks for sharing it at the weekly Potluck!

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    1. Thanks! These meals are so easy, but they pack a punch!

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