Plant-Based Dinner: Tempeh Bean Bowl

Ever heard of tempeh?  Alessandro and I hadn't either until I ran across the recipe here.  

To be honest, when I saw tempeh and touched it for the first time, I was kind of grossed out.  It looks offensive (sort of like brain), so I didn't really know what to expect.  We were pleasantly surprised though.  Not only is tempeh edible, but it's actually really really good.  We were like, "Gimme more tempeh!"  So, in case you want to try it for the first time, or if you're already a die hard tempeh fan and would like to try a new recipe, give this tempeh bean bowl a go. 

Tempeh Bean Bowl For Two: 

Necessary Ingredients: 
One package of tempeh  (found near the tofu and veggie dogs at the grocery store)
One avocado
One lime
Your favorite salsa (we use Honey Bee salsa)
Your favorite hot sauce (we use Sriracha) 
Can of black beans (always try to get salt-free if that's available to you)

Optional Ingredients: 
Trader Joe's Corn and Chile Salsa 

What to Do: 
Crumble the tempeh into a bowl.  Mix in a few generous spoon fulls of your favorite salsa.  Add a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce and the juice from half a lime.  Mix together.  Heat this up in a skillet over low-medium heat until heated thorughoughly, about 7 minutes, stirring occassionally.  While that's heating up, rinse and drain a can of black beans and heat up in the microwave for about a minute and a half.  (You could also toss them into the skillet to heat them up along with the tempeh, but be careful not to smash them while you're stirring).  Chop up a handful of cilantro and slice up one avocado.  Once the beans and tempeh are heated, mix them together (if you haven't already) and split into two serving bowls.  Top with avocado slices, cilantro, the juice from half a lime and the corn and chile salsa.  Add a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce.  Voila!  

This is a very easy, fast and tasty meal that Alessandro and I enjoy for lunch or dinner a few times each month.  It takes about 15 minutes from the time you decide "I'm hungry" to the time you are chewing it and it's in your belly.  That's my kind of low maintenance meal.  I hope you try it and like it!  Let me know if you do.  

Any questions?  What do you think about tempeh?  Do you have a favorite tempeh recipe?  (I have a few more great ones that I will share here).     

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