Sweet n Sour Tempeh with Pineapple, Almonds + Bulgur
Those of you who haven’t tried tempeh need to do some experimenting! It’s a really fun product and PERFECT for those of us who like chewy textures. The kind we used is a compacted mixture of soy, brown rice, barley and millet. it comes in one big thick sheet and we usually cut it into cubes. Here’s a link for more info: Three Grain Tempeh. There are a host of other flavors too, but this is the only one Harris Teeter carries.
I chose this as the star ingredient for tonight’s dinner and hit Google for some recipe ideas. I soon found that Sweet n Sour tempeh is a popular combo, so then I started searching for specific recipes. I came across this one at About.com that seemed simple and delicious so we modeled ours after it.
We simmered the chopped tempeh in chicken broth (about 1 cup) + 2 tbsp soy sauce for 10 minutes or so. Then we removed the tempeh and sauteed it in some cooking spray with 1 chopped green pepper and about 10 oz of fresh pineapple (note we didn’t use any olive oil – you didn’t really need it). In the chicken broth sauce pan, we added 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 a can of pineapple juice, 1 tbsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup cider vinegar. It gelled nicely! Lastly, we topped each serving with a sprinkling of toasted almonds and some sriracha hot sauce.
Each portion was served over 3/4 a serving of bulgur (leftover from breakfast).
Tempeh up close and personal – you can see how it’s like rice and stuff compacted into cubes.
From above –
This dinner was about 525 kcal, 17 grams fiber, and 26 grams protein.
My super-big-brunch kept me full all afternoon. I kept waiting for hunger to come to have a snack, but it never did! I didn’t even want to eat anything.
We went for a beautiful 30 minute walk this afternoon – there was a slight breeze and I wasn’t even cold! Imagine that! I’m so excited for spring to come for good. And then summer!!!
After dinner, I had a small bowl of the last of our Edy’s Peppermint ice cream. Guess I’ll have to wait until next winter to have it again. I’ll be happy to wait as long as the cold weather holds off 🙂
Off to take a bath. I didn’t get as much studying done today as I’d liked, so I’ve got to be productive tomorrow. I’ve got a great lunch packed – that’s something to look forward to at least!