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


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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  1. Fab! Thanks for joining the potluck!

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

  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.

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

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

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