Tempeh Time!

Tempeh. The word itself even sounds a little weird, I realize. But it actually tastes good, and that is what’s important. And is full of protein. And easy to cook. And I needed tasty, protein-packed, simplicity after my workout. I was beat. This getting in shape business is hard.

Stir fry is an easy way to pack in a lot of veggies in a short amount of time. Cook times are relatively short (in fact the most time you spend is the prep time to chop all those veggies) but the payoff is big. If you’re tired of chicken or pork or tofu, tempeh does provide you with a different flavor and texture and works well in stir fry. Don’t be scared, tempeh won’t hurt you. And especially after kicking your own ass at the gym, you need lean proteins and veggies to feed those battered and bruised muscles!

Tempeh Stir Fry
–TBSP seasame oil

–2 TBSP canola oil, divided
–2 TBSP soy sauce, divided (I use the low sodium kind)
–8 oz. package of tempeh (found in the refrigerated section with the tofu), sliced into strips

–small onion, diced
–large shallot, diced
–ginger, minced
–garlic, minced
–medium jalapeno, sliced in rounds
–medium red bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced into strips
–small yellow squash, sliced into strips
–small zucchini, sliced into strips
–medium carrot, peeled and sliced into strips
–small package button mushrooms, sliced

–1 bunch red chard, stems removed and cut or ripped into business card sized pieces
–1 pear, core removed and sliced into thin slices

Heat the sesame oil, 1 TBSP canola and 1 TBSP of the soy sauce in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the tempeh strips until browned on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add remaining TBSP of canola oil to the skillet. Sauté the onion, shallot, garlic, and ginger for a few minutes until fragrant and tender. Add the jalapeno, bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and carrot pieces and sauté for several minutes, stirring regularly. When the veggies begin to soften add the mushroom pieces, again stirring regularly.

Add the remaining TBSP soy sauce and stir to combine into the veggies. Add the tempeh back into the mix and also add the chard pieces at this time. Mix it all up and sauté for a few minutes to allow the tempeh to get warmed up and the chard to begin to wilt. Remove the stir fry from the heat and stir in the pear slices. The cold, crisp pear will provide a nice flavor and texture contrast to the warm, tender veggies!

Serve! This is not a meal that re-heats well so adjust ingredient quantities as needed to avoid leftovers.

Dammit Jim, I’m a cook, not a doctor…
Time: 35 minutes (most of it prep time)
Serves: 4 bowls
Calories: 300 per bowl

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