|Tempeh Stew ~ a wonderfully satisfying soup/stew, perfect for a Meatless Monday meal.|
|Trader Joe's makes very good tempeh...|
I was first introduced to the soy product ~ Tempeh ~ by my friend, Karen. Years (& years :) ago, she shared a savory, tempeh based vegetarian salad with me. One that she had purchased from a local market in Denver, by the name of Alfalfa's. (who was later bought out by Wild Oats, who was bought out by Whole Foods) I was instantly smitten. I had shopped that market many times before, but had never really paid much attention to the deli. How I missed that little gem, I'll never know! I discovered that the market had the most wonderful, unusual deli salads ~ full of the freshest ingredients ~ and so many traditional & vegetarian options to choose from. I was like a kid in a candy shop! I became an instant deli convert ~ having fun deciding which items to taste test & then deciding which ones to buy/eat now & which ones to take home for later. I still remember all the fun I had going into that market ~ it was such a great way to get introduced to vegetarian cuisine. I didn't know it yet, but I was well on my way to becoming a foodie, and this place was a goldmine ~ full of edible goodies, just waiting to be sampled/explored. Karen & Steve had always had the best salads at their BBQ's & get-togethers, and now I knew their little secret ~ cool! I've always loved being in-the-know!
|Tempeh Salad ~ a WONDERFUL homemade version of Whole Foods Vegan Tempeh Salad|
Another one of ~ The Hungry Hungry Hippie ~ recipe's, one that I just love, is her version of ~ Whole Foods Vegan Tempeh Salad. To put it mildly, it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! I felt just like I was back at the deli counter of Alfalfa's ~ oh, so many years ago, and it felt so right! You can eat the salad as a spread on some sliced bread, or stuffed in a pita, or as part of a big salad ~ or like I did, as a spread for your favorite crackers. I.am.in.heaven!!! This is my new favorite vegetarian/vegan salad. Now, if you want to try either of these dishes for your Meatless Monday meal, but don't have some of the vegetarian/vegan ingredients (like the vegan mayo), don't let that stop you. Just use what you do have & enjoy it for what it is ~ a really tasty dish ~ that may or may not be vegan. Like I always say, never let not having a certain ingredient stop you from making/trying a new recipe ~ adopt, adapt & improve! :)
I hope you give either one (or both) of these recipes a try ~and you don't even have to be a hippie to enjoy them! ~ peace, love & tempeh ~ :)