Tempeh Bahn Mi

I am getting…rather large.

& I keep forgetting about it until I see a mirror or try to, oh I don’t know, just get up off the couch.

I was so hyper aware I was pregnant with Lou. It ruled all my thoughts. This time, it’s just all going by so quickly!

Granted, last time I was pregnant, Covid had locked us all down & I was forced to sit indoors on my large behind & just stare at my belly. This time, I’m moving & grooving! We’re busy with activities! I try to walk up a flight of stairs & am quickly humbled! I’m grateful it’s going by smoothly & quickly, but I also know I’ll miss it when it’s all over. I love feeling her kicks & wriggles. Even though neither Garr or Lou enjoy it…I really hope this kid gets some of my qualities & is not just a slick clone of her father.

All to say, if you see me, I am large, barely in charge & very hungry, so beware.

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of tempeh, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp of corn starch
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Pickled red onions
  • Pickled cucumbers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced radishes
  • Big bunch of cilantro
  • Crunchy bread
  • Hot sauce or sriracha, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce + maple syrup + rice vinegar + sesame oil + garlic powder
  • Pour over tempeh in a shallow dish, set aside to marinate for 15 minutes
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add tempeh slices + cook about 3 minutes on each side, reserve the marinade!
  • Add the cornstarch to the remaining marinade
  • When the tempeh is cooked, add the marinade to the skillet + cook another minute
  • To serve, layer some tempeh on your crunchy bread + top with veggies + cilantro + hot sauce or sriracha
  • Grab a bib & dig in

Adapted from here!

Spicy Green Beans

It’s been a long 30 years of my existence.
As evidenced by the dozen boxes of my baby, childhood & teenage crap my mother gave me.
The woman kept every card anyone ever wrote me. Like I don’t necessarily ~need~ 18 happy Easter cards from my youth, but by golly I’ve got them!
I am happy she preserved everything. There are a ton of my ~vintage~ clothes that lulu can wear (she’s currently wearing a Little Mermaid tee I used to sport). Though, I’ll probably have to explain who the Rugrats are & that’s heartbreaking. My personal favorite are all of the yearbooks I thought were lost in one of our many moves. They bring me right back to my awkward, semi-emo days. Ahh.

If you think my next project is not Facebook stalking every single schoolmate who I haven’t thought of in over a decade, you’re wrong.

Time: 35 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb. of thin green beans (I used frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of chili garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of green onion + more for serving
  • Cashews, chopped, for serving
  • Brown rice for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add tempeh + cook 5-6 minutes until crispy, remove from the skillet
  • Add remaining sesame oil
  • Add green beans + cook 3-4 minutes
  • In a bowl, combine garlic + ginger + soy sauce + rice vinegar + chili garlic paste + sugar + a splash of water
  • Add green onion + sauce to green beans, cook another 2 minutes
  • Add tempeh back in, cook another minute
  • Serve hot over brown rice with more green onion + cashews + maybe some chili oil if you got it
  • This is basically a plate of vegetables + you are the picture of health so SOAK IT UP

Adapted from here!

Perfect Summer Salad

It’s SPOOKY season, people!!
If October isn’t your favorite month of the year, I have nothing in common with you!
It’s the true mark of the season when G & I buy overpriced autumn flavored coffees & the whole house smells ~spooky~ in the morning.
But this season is better than ever with our little Lulu. I can’t stop buying jackets for her. I love seeing that big ole noggin in a little hood. We’re trying to do all the autumn events with her despite the fact she’s basically a giant potato who won’t remember anything. The pictures of her in a little wagon going through a pumpkin patch are for ME, ok?!

& if you think I don’t have two Halloween costumes for her already, you are wrong!

Time: 3 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of tempeh, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp. + 2 tsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1-2 cups of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Arugula, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce + 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar + honey + smoked paprika + 2 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Arrange tempeh slices in a container + pour marinade over them, cover, shake + refrigerate for 3 hours, if you have the time, if not, as long as you can
  • Once marinated, heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Cook tempeh until crisp on both sides, remove from pan
  • Add shallots to pan, cook 2-3 minutes
  • Add corn, cook until starting to crisp, about 5-6 minutes
  • Add tomatoes + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes or until they start to burst a lil
  • Remove mix into a bowl + stir in lime juice + cilantro
  • To serve, arrange some arugula on a plate + top with tempeh + corn mix + avocado
  • Eat quickly because as soon as you are done, fall is officially here