Vegan noms | Tempeh bean bowl

Posted on | April 24, 2012 | 36 Comments

the first week i had instagram, i posted a photo of our new favorite dinner and have since gotten eleventeen questions about it. so i thought i’d share the goodness! we recently decided to cut out the majority of animal products from our diet (weekends are exceptions – for now). i love love love cheese and i love meat but during the week we have cut those things out and i have been feeling really good. sure, there are holidays and birthdays and special occasions (hello, pms) and i’ve given myself permission to not feel guilty then. but for the most part i end up feeling crummy after i eat dairy and meat, so making the switch hasn’t been that hard.

aaaaanyways, my friend Amy told me about this blog the vegan stoner and i love it. i really wanted to try tempeh because i don’t really love tofu, nor did i want to overload us with soy products (edited to add: turns out i can’t read and tempeh does in fact have soy beans in it. it also has rice, barley and millet. it’s perfect for this dish because of the rice-y texture. anyways, thanks Michelle for the heads up!). when i saw their super bean bowl i was sold. using the recipe + one change + one added nom, we now have our favorite dinner. it’s seriously SO easy and beyond yummy.

i buy our tempeh at trader joes. it’s the only one i’ve tried so i don’t know about any others, but it’s a brick-like package and i just crumble it up. we also love black beans, so we substitute that for refried.

p.s. Harper loves this dinner, too.

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one package of tempeh
one can black beans, drained
one avocado
salsa
lime juice
tapatio
cilantro
corn salsa

i crumble the tempeh into a bowl and pour on some regular salsa, a few splashes of lime juice and a few of tapatio. stir it up real good and then heat that in a skillet on medium. meanwhile, heat up your beans, chop your avocado and prepare your mouthparts for massive amounts of yum.

after the beans and tempeh are heated, pile ‘em in a bowl and top with avocado, cilantro, hot sauce, etc. i have yet to find or try vegan sour cream, but the first time we made this i did put regular on top and it was glorious. also if you have a trader joes nearby, i consider this to be the best topping to this bowl:

corn & chile salsa = legit

i’m not kidding we eat this twice a week. so easy, so yummy. thanks so much vegan stoner for the awesome easy recipe (and overall awesome blog)!

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  • Rachel H.

    This looks so delicious! I am a huge fan of tempeh, so I gotta try this. I will probably leave out the hot sauce, though. I’m so excited that I will be living so close to a Trader Joe’s as of this Thursday – we bought a house!!! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  • Stephanie – Ptnly Delightful

    Sounds and looks amazing! Did you redesign your blog or is my phone just showing it differently that a computer? Lol, it’s cute!

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  • Ashley Grace Huck

    Awesome, thanks! Now I have dinner for tonight :)

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  • http://twitter.com/CoconutRobot Kacia

    oooooh! Thanks for sharing!! my sis keeps telling me to try Tempeh…but I’m a little terrified of it!! xoxo  going to try this recipe!!

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  • http://www.movesincircles.blogspot.com/ Marilena

    Mandy, I’ve been meaning to comment on your latest posts about food. My husband and I also went “plant-based” about two months ago. We seem to be on the same schedule as you: no animal products throughout the week with the occassional splurge on weekends. We didn’t think we could last this long, but like you, we just plain out feel better when we eat healthier so it has been easier than we thought.  My husband just said last night about our new eating habits:  “I don’t know where we will go from here, but I know now that we’re too deep in this to go back.”   Meaning, from what we know now about the health benefits of our new diet, it’s very unlikely that we will ever eat the way we used to. 

    Thanks for the recipes and for the website.  I will check that out. 

    If you’re interested in reading one of my recent posts about our plant-based diet, here it is:  http://movesincircles.blogspot.com/2012/04/plant-based-diet.html

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  • Maren

    This looks like a super NOM.  Just so you know, another great recipe source is the Post Punk Kitchen (theppk.com).  These recipes sometimes SEEM a little more complex than the vegan stoner stuff, but the author is really good at explaining everything to make it approachable and I have never tried one of their recipes that I didn’t LOVE.

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  • Meekasmommy

    That looks so yummy – may have to try out VERY SOON! :)

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  • Valentina Dedaj

    all of the recipes look so easy and delish. also, her drawings of the ingredients are SUPER cute.  

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  • http://brockpaperscissorsblog.com/ Joanna

    I tried this recipe with tofu (which I typically love) because I didn’t have tempeh (which I also love), and just no. It was bad. Also not a fan of the refried beans. This version you’ve whipped up looks much better, though. I’ll hafta give it a try! p.s. love the new blog design!

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  • http://www.whatbenwore.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    Looks so good! I am always trying to incorporate vegan meals into our week. Have you tried vegenaise yet? B/c it’s delish and there are soooo many possibilities, like chickpea salad (instead of chicken salad). Ben loves it, Harper might too! 

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    Lisa Reply:

    And on a totally random note, you might want to keep this link open on your computer. All day. 

    http://whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com/post/21457592479/when-i-spot-my-two-best-friends-having-fun-without-me 

    Pretty sure you have the same sense of humor as me. And this makes my abs hurt.

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  • michelle

    looks yummy! but you know tempeh is soy, right?

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    Mandy Reply:

    Huh. I thought it was grains and stuff! Guess I need to read the package better.

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    Mandy Reply:

     edited the post, thanks Michelle!

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    michelle Reply:

    from what I read even though tempeh is soy it is ‘healthier’ than tofu, and as you know tastier!

    Steph Reply:

    Tempeh is fermented soy, therefore not “bad” for you. It also has more protein and fiber.

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  • http://www.thecurlycues.com/ Chelsea @The Curly Cues

    Starving now, thanks! PS, love the new header and pic.

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  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    YUM, this looks so good – I ususally make the same thing but with lots of rice so i’ll definitely try this. I’m loving the new header too!

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  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    I’ve never even heard of tempeh, but this looks delish! Heading to Trader Joe’s stat.

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  • miss jessface

    I’ve been following your blog for… forever… and have been thrilled with your approach to food lately. I’m vegetarian, and i just moved in with my vegan boyfriend so i get SO excited when i spot vegan recipes in my favorite internet spots. thanks so much for this! keep em comin! 

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  • http://www.acutedesigns.org/ Gina

    yum to the yum. that corn salsa from TJs is amazing.  I eat at least a jar a week.

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  • http://www.littleskyeguy.blogspot.com/ Jeni

    Yummm! So trying this, thanks :)

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  • http://raesock.blogspot.com/ rae – say it ain’t so

    that looks so great! you should try quorn if you get a change. it is a mushroom based meat substitute and the texture is really close to chicken so I love making it in stir fries. i love it so much! 
    my husband and i are vegetarian, and since i stopped keeping cheese in the house (i still eat it when i go out) i feel so much better than when i had meat and cheese for almost every meal. so awesome. 

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  • Nicole Drysdale

    Go you guys!!! Our whole family is vegetarian and my husband recently switched to being vegan so we eat about 60% vegan and 40% vegetarian. (He obviously eats 100% vegan.) I will have to try this recipe- it looks delish! I just made a tempeh recipe I found last night on Allrecipes.com and thought I would share it with you because it was sooo good! You take tempeh and crumble it up into 1 cup of BBQ sauce. Mix it all up and let it marinate for 10 mins. Meanwhile, chop up 1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper and 1 onion ( I used half an onion). Saute the vegetables in an oiled and heated pan until tender. Then mix in the BBQ and tempeh mixture and heat through. We put them on Kaiser rolls- it was super yummy and super easy, which is always good. :) I would love any more of your vegan recipes!!

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  • Danyellesun

    this looks so good! and there is a t-joe’s less than 2 miles from us. love that place! thx for sharing.

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  • http://www.somedaysarah.com/ sarah.

    not related to the post, but your new design is super cute!

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  • Linsley

    What exactly is tapatio? ;0)

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  • http://littleorangebigworld.blogspot.com/ Nani

    I have to try thing it sounds so yum! Also I just noticed your bloggie change so prettiful! 

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  • pdxrox

    so i have been mostly vegetarian for a while (by mostly i mean i would eat fish every once in a while) and had rarely ever cooked tempeh until last week.  i dont know if it was the brand i got or if i did something wrong but it was gross. i crumbled it and cooked it but it was like eating crayons or chalk, i also noticed that the brand i got did not have soy.  maybe i’ll try trader joes next time and give it another shot, because this looks really yummy!

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  • Danyelle

    just had to stop by and say that I made this tonight (with a few tweaks) and the hubs, my one year old daughter, ruby, and I loved it hard. that salsa is fanfreakingtastic! thanks for sharing. :)

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  • http://tidbitsparenting.blogspot.com/ Lindsey

     1. i am still scared of tempeh but i really want to try this. do you use oil or anything when you heat that up? 2. that corn & chile salsa from trader joes is our new household favorite too. how is it so good? 3. have you tried yumm sauce? like from cafe yumm? anyways, you would love it. it’s a eugene, OR thing but they sell the sauce at groceries around here. so good! 4. electrifying ing ing ing infinite time time time (:

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  • http://bipolarmomlife.com/ Jennifer

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I am way behind on reading my favorite blogs, and am going back through yours reading the last few weeks of entries. I remembered you had decided to eat more whole foods and I was hoping you had recommended some recipes and/or other blogs you like with great vegan recipes. I recently bought our family a juicer and we’ve been enjoying fresh veggie/fruit juices. I’ve cut back on meat and dairy also, and feel so much better! {I’ll tell ya, Food Inc. and Forks over Knives can do that to you.}

    Anyway, keep us posted on any other amazing recipes you find. I just tried quinoa tonight and wondered why I waited so long – it’s awesome! 

    PS. LOVE your new blog design. Did you do it yourself? 

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  • Amy (Here We Go Harris)

    Mandy, I just made this for dinner and it was great! Never tried tempeh before! I left out the tapito and added cumin instead. I also sauteed a clove of garlic in olive oil then added the tempeh mixture and squeezed lime over everything after it was heated. Topped with (my new fav) corn salsa from TJs! This is going into weekly rotation!

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  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    I was actually going to go to Trader Joes today (for the tempeh fro when you orignally posted the recipe) so thank you thank you for putting this all in one place for me. I’m at a loss on dinners so I will be making all of these things… :)

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  • Kristin

    Tried this tonight and it was delicious! I made it a little more vegetarian by adding cheese and sour cream but could totally do just the basics in a tortilla next time. Thanks for sharing!

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