Orange-Chili Tempeh Veggie Bowl

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Have you ever tried tempeh? It’s awesome. It originates in Indonesia and is made of fermented soybeans, or less commonly, chickpeas, beans, and/or grains. It has a subtle nutty taste, and is heartier than tofu. It’s really good at taking on the taste of what you marinade/cook it in since it’s porous.  Also, it’s great for you being that it’s fermented (shout out to probiotics), and contains whole, barely processed soybeans. Just go for organic tempeh to be sure it contains non-GMO soybeans. That would be ideal, since soybeans are one of the top genetically modified crops in the world.

Give this spicy, citrusy tempeh bowl a shot, and use whatever grains and veggies you have on hand. Recipe serves two with some leftover. Double it if you’re cooking for 4-5.

Ingredients

Bowl

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth OR water
  • 1 tbsp evoo
  • 4 oz. block of tempeh, cut into 1/4 inch slices (I used Lightlife Organic 3 grain tempeh)
  • 5 stems of broccolini, cut into segments
  • 3-4 carrots, sliced
  • 4-5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 an onion, sliced

Orange Chili sauce

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed juice from an orange
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil + 1 tbsp for skillet
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
  • sprinkling of chili pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Marinate the tempeh in ~1/4 cup of orange juice and a bit of garlic chili sauce.
  2. Cook the rice: combine rice, broth or water, and evoo in a pot and bring to boil. Cover pot with lid and let simmer on low for 45 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let steam for 10 minutes. If rice is crunchy at this point, add 1-2 tbsp more of liquid and cook longer.
  3. After veggies are prepped, make the orange chili sauce by whisking together remaining ingredients in a bowl. Taste test and add more orange or chili sauce to your preference.
  4. Heat a large skillet and drizzle with 1 tbsp of sesame oil. Cook onions, carrots, and broccolini for a few minutes on medium. Add mushrooms and tempeh. Drizzle in remaining orange juice used for marinating, along with all of sauce. Cook tempeh for a few minutes on each side.
  5. Assemble bowl with rice and veggie/tempeh mixture. Squeeze in any juice left in the orange juice and top with chili pepper flakes for even more spice.

Enjoy!

sweet potato naan pizza

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Here’s an awesome naan pizza to try for your next pizza night. I whipped it up making use of leftovers and ended up really loving it. The flavors are an incredible blend of sweet, savory, and earthy.  Using  parsley spinach pesto as the base really packs in the nutrients. Check out Well-Being Secrets’ nice article on 34 science-backed health benefits of spinach, and maybe make some extra pesto for later! Recipe makes enough for 2 personal pizzas.

Ingredients – parsley spinach pesto

  • 3 tbsp parsley
  • 6-8 baby spinach leaves (or 4-5 regular leaves)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • salt & pepper

Ingredients – pizza

  • naan (freshest you can find!)
  • 2-3 prosciutto slices
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 4 sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup de-shelled pistachios
  • 6 oz feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 tbsp parsley for garnish
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. To prepare the sweet potato chunks, skin the potato, and chop into ~1/2 inch – 1 inch cubes. Toss in olive oil and sea salt until evenly coated. Spread chunks out onto baking sheet, and bake for 35 minutes at 425° F, tossing halfway through.
  2. To prepare the parsley spinach pesto, blend parsley, spinach, olive oil, lemon juice, walnuts, and a dash of salt & pepper in a blender or magic bullet.
  3. Spread pesto onto naan, and top with sliced mushrooms, prosciutto, sweet potato chunks, and feta. Bake on center rack at 425° for 8-10 minutes, or until naan edges are crisp and browning. Sprinkle pistachios on pizza towards the end of baking time.
  4. Once pizza is done baking, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and top with parsley. Slice and enjoy!