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TEMPEH.

Something I’ve been wanting to try actually for years but for one reason or another, kept putting it off. I never knew how to cook it, heard rumors you actually had to go through the trouble of steaming it first (gasp!) and it always just looked so mysterious next to the tofu I buy weekly in my grocery store’s produce section. Hmmm….. But then one day last week I was reading another food blog I love and saw that she recreated tempeh to be spicy chicken wingz! Now, THAT’S right up my ally! During my meat eating days, I was in love with the boneless, skinless chicken wings at Chilis. Gag. Yes, I know. But, I have been and always will be in love with hot sauce (preferably Texas Pete) and spicy-knock-your-socks-off food. I have been known to put hot sauce on everything and even bring mini bottles with me places. But that’s another story. Anyways, I became totally inspired by tempeh wingz and this week at the store picked up some of the mysterious 3-grain tempeh off the shelf. Boy, am I glad I did! They really did taste like chicken wings..must have been the spices in the breading or the ketchup/hot sauce inspired sauce.

Here’s the recipe for you tempeh fans. It’s pretty easy to make (I steamed the tempeh ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge til I was ready to bake it) and very tasty. I added some cayenne pepper as well because, again, I am a spicy girl at heart. I love the heat! Next time I might scale down on the amount of margarine in the recipe. I halved it and it still called for 2 tbsp, which is 200 calories just in margarine. Now, it was buttery and wonderful, but it probably would have still been wonderful with only 1 tbsp of Earth Balance instead. I scaled down on the fat in the rest of my meal (used vinegar instead of salad dressing) to compensate. I ate my wingz (I could only finish almost 3 out of 4 wings—this tempeh stuff is seriously filling and dense!!!) with leftover mashed cauliflower, half a toasted Ezekiel English Muffin, and a huge spinach salad with bell pepper, cucumber, carrots and sprinkled with a little balsamic vinegar.

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On another note, my plans to lay by the pool and finish my book were canceled today due to windy/weird weather here in central florida. I instead opted for doing a pretty good upper body/ab workout at the gym and finishing my book on the couch while nibbling on trail mix (sorry no photo–just imagine cashews, pumpkin seeds, banana chips and dried cranberries…..) and sipping on herbal tea. Sadly enough I had to cancel my gym membership today (truly sad because I’ve only been a member for a little over a month) because I need that extra 45 bucks a month to feed myself! I guess I have to stop being a gym snob and work out at the measly apartment gym that’s free for me. Sigh.

Off to a night of croissant baking! I’m bringing a Nana’s Peanut Butter Cookie “Bite” with me for a snack later one… (these “bites” have 130 calories in them and no dairy…they are the best peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had that I didn’t personally bake and they make for a superb nighttime treat).

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14 Comments

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    VeggieGirl
    March 18, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    So glad that you loved the tempeh!! Lori definitely has excellent recipes on her blog, so you made a good choice with the “wings” one, for sure.

    Ahh, I’m sorry that you too are experiencing weird weather – it’s been so dreary here, I haven’t been able to leave the house!! Hope the sun comes out in Florida soon!!

    Have a lovely time making croissants – sounds incredible!!

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    ChocolateCoveredVegan
    March 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    It’s pouring rain here :o(.

    Mmmm that tempeh sound incredible… I hope you get your camera back soon so I can once again live vicariously through your blog.

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    Alicia
    March 18, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try tempeh as well but I still have lots of other recipes to try.

    Well, I wish I had a free gym to use because I’m paying through the roof for my membership. Think about it, the gym is even more accessible since it’s just contained within your building. It’s not going to be so bad 🙂

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    Meghan
    March 19, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Gym-shmym, you’ll still be able to get a great workout without it! I lllooovvvveeee boneless BBQ chicken. or “chicken”. Right now I’m jonesing to try the morningstar farms buffalo chick’n nuggets!

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    Kath
    March 19, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Man I miss your photos Jenna!!

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    Tammy
    March 19, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Jenna, how about “trading” with your gym for free membership for yourself, and offer them a free ad on your wonderful blog? If the gym is a national chain, then great, if it is local, great also, you have such a local fan club!

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    Betsy
    March 19, 2008 at 2:13 am

    i once bought tempeh and was scared of it and had no idea how to make it, so it sat in my fridge and went bad. whoops. i guess i need to be more adventurous!!

    miss our pics!! can’t wait to see all your food soon 😉

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    nicole r.
    March 19, 2008 at 3:49 am

    i LOVE tempeh!! i made a great recipe from veganomicon over the weekend, tempeh w/ broccoli rabe & fusilli—SO GOOD!! i love to crumble it into pasta and sauce or marinate it for the day and cut it over salad for dinner…you can literally make it taste like ANYTHING you want

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    babycakes
    March 19, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Tempeh is by and large one of my favorites! I am not a fan of spicey (no offense to you at all Jenna!) so this recipe wouldn’t do it for me, but there are so many wonderfully amazing, delicious & healthy (and of course vegan) marinades for tempeh. I could probably eat it every day and not get sick of it! I’m so glad you stumbled upon it. Please please take some pictures once you get your cam chord back. I love seeing pics of my favorite foods! 🙂 Happy baking to you tonight!

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    ash
    March 19, 2008 at 8:45 am

    hi Jenna this is my first comment but i LOVE your blog i was wondering how you add the calories when baking?
    ps im in australia -just thought you might need to know if you decide to help me lol

    thanks
    ash

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    jenna
    March 19, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Ash,

    If you want to figure out the calories when you are baking you just have to take each individual ingredient and input it in a program (or a website) that allows you to count the calories. Here’s one that works well: http://www.nutritiondata.com/

    It takes a lot of time to do because you have to find each ingredient in their “pantry” then add it to your list and all of that….but if you really are interested in knowing, its pretty accurate!

    Hope that helps!

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    Rachel
    March 19, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    about the margarine: I use Smart Balance Light with Flax. It’s vegan and it has way less calories (40? or 60? per tbs, I forget) and is spreadable, and tastes fine in cooking (baking is a little iffy, when it melts it sort of separates into water and oil so it doesn’t always cooperate when you bake)

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    ash
    March 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    thank you!

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    sandy winz
    March 27, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Hi! I order from this place all the time and am very pleased to share. They have great kosher organic and natural food products including nanas cookie bites.
    Here is a link http://www.wholeandnatural.com
    Enjoy!!!
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