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Jerk Tempeh with Black Beans and Quinoa

27 Jun

I don’t know about you, but the warm weather always makes me want spicy food. Apparently, warming foods, those made with spicy ingredients, actually help to regulate the body’s internal temperature when our climate becomes warmer. How does it work?

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“Chilis like cayenne, jalapeño, and habanero peppers get their heat from the chemical capsaicin, which acts as an irritant for certain animals—including humans. When you ingest capsaicin, it triggers a neural response from your body.

“As Yale professor Barry Green explained in Scientific American: ‘…spicy foods excite the receptors in the skin that normally respond to heat…The central nervous system reacts to whatever the sensory system tells it is going on. Therefore, the pattern of activity from pain and warm nerve fibers triggers both the sensations and the physical reactions of heat, including vasodilation, sweating, and flushing.’

“The ‘burn’ you feel in your mouth from eating spicy food can be followed by a similar warming sensation across the rest of your body, causing you to sweat as you eat. Sweating is one of the primary methods the human body has to regulate its temperature—specifically, it’s the evaporation of sweat that removes heat from your body. So as long as you stay hydrated while eating spicy food, the perspiration that comes from enjoying a good three-alarm chili will force your body to cool itself quickly and more efficiently.” – Quartz’s Jean-Luc Bouchard.

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Well, bring on the hot sauces, dried spices, and jalapeños! This recipe for jerk tempeh with black beans and quinoa can easily be modified to your preferred spice level. In the mood for a good sweat? Kick it up a notch when you make the black beans and quinoa! The recipe, as listed, will result in a dish that has just enough heat.

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This also comes together quickly, so you can spend more time sweating while eating, than sweating while cooking 😉 Prepared jerk sauce, of which I used a version from an African-Jamaican fusion restaurant in Milwaukee (shout-out to Irie Zulu!), makes this dinner come together in a flash. No need to marinade the tempeh – the sauce will bake in after 15 minutes in the oven. And the stove top black beans and quinoa take 25 minutes, tops. A healthy, hearty, delicious dinner really can be ready in 30 minutes!

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Jerk Tempeh with Black Beans and Quinoa

Serves 4

  • 2 packages tempeh
  • 1/2 C prepared Jamaican Jerk sauce
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 C bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 C uncooked quinoa
  • 1-1/2 C vegetable stock or wheat beer
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 C cooked black beans

Preheat oven to 350. Line a small baking sheet with foil and grease with a spray oil.

In a stock pot, heat the avocado oil over medium-high. Add the minced onion, garlic, and bell pepper and saute for five minutes. Add in the uncooked quinoa and saute another two minutes.

Then, add the stock or beer, bring to a boil, cover with the lid, and reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes.

While the quinoa cooks, cut the block of tempeh in half so you have two thin blocks. Then, cut them into bite-sized triangles. Transfer to the prepare baking sheet. Spoon about 1/2 tsp of the Jamaican Jerk sauce onto each piece and spread around with the back of the spoon. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, then remove, flip the pieces over with a spatula, and spoon another 1/2 tsp of the sauce on the other side of each piece. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.

Once the quinoa finishes cooking, stir in the spices and black beans.

Divide the black beans & quinoa equally among four plates, and then add the jerk tempeh. Serve with fresh vegetables.

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Hummus-Crusted Tempeh Sticks with Roasted Vegetables and Hummus Sauce

9 May

I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

It’s nearly National Hummus Day! Yes, May 13 celebrates the chickpea dip that has taken the western world by storm. While food holidays may seem a tad silly, they’re also a great way to spread awareness of foods and preparations that you may have otherwise never come across!

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On its own, hummus is fantastic – whether with raw veggies, in a falafel pita sandwich, or paired with tortilla chips. But did you know you can also COOK with it?! Yes indeedy!

Hummus is a plant-based protein mix of pureed chickpeas, tahini (that’s sesame paste), oil, lemon juice, and seasoning. It’s pretty easy to make, but even easier is the variety of flavor options that Sabra offers.

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or a meat-eater, beans should be included in everyone’s diet, as they provide not only protein, but fiber, complex carbs, and healthy fats. I normally eat hummus as an afternoon snack with raw veggies, or to make a sandwich or wrap even tastier. But I wanted to elevate this yummy spread into a warm, baked snack that is reminiscent of chicken fingers (without the chicken!).

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These hummus-crusted tempeh sticks are seriously the EASIEST thing ever. Simply slice a couple blocks of tempeh, and generously coat with hummus. I used Sabra’s Roasted Garlic Hummus for this, as I wanted the end product to be wonderfully fragrant. Paired with sliced, roasted veggies, this snack is great for after school or work or served as an appetizer at a gathering or dinner party. Heck, it would be great as part of a spread during any game-day celebration, too!

AND you don’t have to worry about food allergies – this recipe is naturally gluten free, dairy free, meat free, and sugar-free. Obviously, that makes it a super awesome vegan appetizer 🙂

What are you waiting for? Throw these hummus-crusted tempeh sticks in the oven for a tasty snack in no time!

Hummus-Crusted Tempeh Sticks with Roasted Vegetables and Hummus Sauce

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer

  • 12 tbsp Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus, divided
  • 2 blocks tempeh, sliced into sticks
  • 3 bell peppers – red, orange, and yellow – sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 375. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and grease.

Toss the sliced vegetables in a bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Spread onto 2/3 of the prepared baking sheet, in a single layer.

Place the tempeh sticks in that same bowl (less dishes, people!). Use a spoon to stir the Roasted Garlic Hummus, making sure to evenly distribute the roasted garlic pieces throughout. Scoop about 8 tablespoons of the hummus on top of the tempeh and use a spoon to thoroughly coat the tempeh.

Lay the tempeh sticks in a single layer on the free space of your baking sheet.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

While this bakes, whisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons of Roasted Garlic Hummus with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

To serve, arrange the tempeh on a plate around the roasted vegetables. Drizzle some of the hummus sauce over the veggies, and transfer the rest to a small serving bowl, for dipping the sticks.

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Cheesy BBQ Tempeh Pita Pockets

7 Mar

I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Bring the BBQ indoors, and into winter, with these cheesy BBQ tempeh pita pockets! This quick weeknight meal will satisfy everyone, and evoke flavors of warm summer evenings.

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Toufayan Pita pockets are a great way to bring the sticky mess of BBQ inside – simply roast everything together in the oven, melt some cheese into halved pita pockets, and stuff with the sweet and savory BBQ goodness.

I used Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat pita pockets for this recipe, to add an earthiness to the BBQ flavors. If you’re looking for something simple, delicious and healthy for a dinner that the whole family will love, this is the solution!

What’s better is that Toufayan Bakeries is a family-owned bakery that makes more than 100 delicious products available across the nation. It is the largest Pita company in the U.S.! Toufayan Bakeries uses old-world recipes with only top quality, wholesome ingredients, making Pita that are naturally cholesterol free and trans fat free.

Cheesy BBQ Tempeh Pita Pockets

Serves 4

  • 1 block tempeh
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 C prepared BBQ sauce – I used Stubb’s
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • 4 Toufayan Sprouted Grain Pita breads, halved into two pockets
  • 4 oz gouda, thinly sliced (use vegan cheese if desired)
  • Hot sauce, to serve – optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with PAM; set aside.

Slice the tempeh into two thin squares. Then cube into bite-sized pieces. Toss this with the diced veggies and halved tomatoes. Stir in the BBQ sauce, oil and sea salt; coat completely. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.

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In the meantime, halve the pita breads and fill each half with a layer of cheese slices. Place on another lined baking sheet and heat through in the oven for a few minutes – long enough to warm the bread and begin melting the cheese.

Remove both baking sheets. Transfer pita breads to four plates. Use a spoon to fill each pita half with the BBQ tempeh mixture. Top with hot sauce if desired. Serve and enjoy hot!

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