I love tempeh. I am so glad I happened across it this year after going to a vegan restaurant. I wondered how they managed to get this bacon taste, without bacon. They told me they used something called tempeh. This is a soy based product that originated in Indonesia. To me, I like it better than tofu, but that could just be because I don’t have the patience to really season tofu the way I want to. What the case, I made what could be described as beef and broccoli with some rice, except the “beef” was tempeh. I have been eating tempeh previously from a package with spices added. I had not yet discovered it could come in a loaf that you can add your own spice to. I was actually kind of shocked to find it at a regular grocery store, without having to fight the crowds at WholeFoods over the weekend. 

I was making this post while talking to my sister, so I generally was not concerned about lighting this time. I should re-make and re-shoot when I get my new camera. I am saving for a Canon 70d. I had a nice dslr before but it was stolen. She and I were talking about how I get my protein and how she does not really eat salad, but I told her, I do not eat salad either! I keep trying to explain to my family, I eat a LOT more food than I did when I was not a vegan.

I have heard why people cannot eat this or that, but I do feel for them. She complained about heart issues and high blood pressure, things that are definitely coming from her diet, but for my family.. I did not go to school for that. I went to school to get an Economics degree, so what could I know about food? It’s tough. My family seems to be my biggest critic. 

We got off the phone, and I packed everything up for the week. I had a little taste, it was fine. I would not give it 5 stars though. Here’s the recipe below.

Teriyaki Tempeh w/ Broccoli and Rice
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian American Vegan
Author: Kimberly B
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Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 1 Package of Tempeh
  • 1 Table Spoon of Olive Oil
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Dash of Chili Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sesame Seed Oil
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic
  • thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 cup of rice (brown preferred)
  1. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set Aside.
  2. Place rice in rice cooker, cook according to directions.
  3. Brown Tempeh, both sides about 2-3 mins per side.
  4. Add tempeh and broccoli and sauce in wok, mix in for about 10 mins.
  5. When rice is done add tempeh, broccoli, and add green onions for decorations.


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