Tempeh for Me, Tea for You (winner!)

Last week, I made a meal with tempeh for the first time!


Thanks to Eats, a local health food store, I found a ton of tempeh varieties that I didn’t even know existed.

For my first trial, I bought Lightlife Organic Wild Ride Tempeh to try, which contains cultured organic soybeans, water, organic wild rice, organic brown rice, lactic acid (from plant sources).


I loved it so much in the spicy stirfry I had a few weeks ago that I tried my own spin on it.

The tempeh was chopped into bite size pieces and “browned” in a pan with a little oil. Once it was heated/browned, I took the tempeh out of the pan and added in 2 bags of frozen stirfry mixed veggies and some edamame. While the veggies were cooking, I mixed up a spicy sauce:

  • soy sauce
  • white vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • sesame oil
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • salt
  • scallions
  • cornstarch

As soon as the veggies were cooked, I added in the sauce and tempeh and let it all cook together until everything was heated through and the sauce thickened up a bit.

It’s perfect served over nutty brown rice. I love the texture of the tempeh – sort of crumbly, but it holds it shape while cooking, which is nice.


I think the sauce recipe can use a little tweaking, so no exact measurements/recipe yet – but I like the heat in it! Sriracha is so good on stirfrys.

As for the Sokenbicha Tea Giveaway!!!

Drumroll please….

The lucky winners are:

1. Sues

These look awesome and TOTALLY right up my alley! The main reason I look forward to cold weather is so I can sit on the couch and drink hot tea :) I’m a big fan of Harney and Son’s cinnamon spice, but these look so awesome. I love the bottles!


2. Veronica

Since it’s around the holidays, I absolutely love peppermint tea, or mint tea. Drinking peppermint tea reminds me of eating a candy cane!



The Yogi green teas are the best.


Congrats!!! Please shoot me an email (branappetit [at] gmail) and I’ll send it along to get your prize packages on their way Smile


Do you use tempeh at home? What are your favorite ways to use it?


  1. I love tempeh! You should try mt BBQ tempeh burgers! I think they are right up your alley ;)

  2. I LOVE tempeh! My new recent favorite thing is to crumble it up in place of ground meat in a chunky tomato-and-veggie pasta sauce. :)

  3. I’ve never tried tempeh but have been meaning to try. I’ll have to see all of the comments people leave to get some ideas!

  4. I’ve actually never tried it, but it looks like something I would like – especially if its spicy! :D

    Happy Monday Brandi! :D

  5. I love tempeh!! I hardly ever have it at home, but I’ve had some really outstanding tempeh dishes at restaurants before.

  6. I loooveee tempeh. It’s definitely one of my favorite meat substitutes. This stir fry looks fantastic! I love all of the flavors you used in the sauce.

  7. I like tempeh – I need to use it more. and YES – sriracha is great with everything!!

    Congrats to the winners!

  8. I love tempeh! I find that it’s actually surprisingly really filling too! I don’t have a recipe, but I’ve had tempeh before at a restaurant as a vegetarian taco meat and it was delicious!

  9. I’m glad you had such a great first experience with making tempeh! It’s fun to get inspired to try something new in the kitchen based on a dish you enjoy at a restaurant. I like to use tempeh in place of ground beef in stuffed squash and stuffed peppers.

  10. I’ve actually never had tempeh..so many foods, so little time!

  11. Malaysian love tempeh, we eat it with sambal belachan (shrimp paste with chilli).

  12. I love tempeh just raw on a sandwich! With avacado and hummus is the best:)

    And I recently had delicious tempeh cakes at a restaurant in STL called Terrene!

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