recipes, stir fry, vegan

Easy Tempeh and Broccoli Stir Fry

I love me some tempeh; a fermented soy product that serves as a great meat substitute for all us vegans and vegetarians out there. I like that tempeh tends to be less processed than some of the other soy products, and, because it’s a fermented food, it’s good for your gut health.

I love this recipe because it meets my three criteria:

1. It’s cheap to make
2. It’s easy to make
3. It tastes great

You can whip this up in a matter of minutes so it’s great to make on a busy weeknight. Since I live alone when I make a batch, I can eat off it for at least half the week and that means less cooking for me – hooray!

It occurs to me as I sit here typing this recipe while the cat is “helping” (and by helping I mean trying to lay on the keyboard while I work) that he’s probably lamenting the fact that of all the people he could have gotten hooked up with, he got hooked up with the vegan chick. I wonder if he dreams of dancing chicken legs, sizzling pork chops, or salmon swimming into his mouth.

But I digress…

Here’s the recipe – Enjoy!

Tempeh and Broccoli Stir Fry

1 pound of broccoli crowns cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small red bell pepper
1 small green bell pepper
1 small yellow bell pepper
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1 eight-ounce package of tempeh, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon of hot sauce
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup of scallions, chopped
Soy sauce to taste

1. Steam broccoli until bright green and still a little crisp, about 5 minutes
2. While broccoli is cooking, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat, add peppers, onion, garlic, and tempeh, and sauté about 5 minutes
3. Add broccoli to skillet and mix with other ingredients. Cook an additional 1 – 2 minutes
4. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce and soy sauce
5. Top with scallions
6. Serve over brown rice, if desired

There you have it. If you try this recipe at home, drop me a comment and let me know how it turned out.
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!


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