Dude Food: Spicy BBQ-Smothered Tempeh w/ Sauteed Veggies & Warm Dulse-Kale Salad

BBQ Tempeh

Sometimes, the best meals I make are throwing together whatever's left in the fridge. This dish (I am eating it as I type)  was exactly what I was craving after a long workout at the gym. Lot's of protein and lots of veggies. Try to get as many of the ingredients organic as possible.

Serves 1-2

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 block of Tempeh (I like the one with flax seed in it)
  • tempeh
  • 4 medium cremini mushrooms (for a variation, try shitake, portobello or white mushrooms)
  • 1/4 zucchini
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 - 1/2 bunch of Lacienta Kale
  • 1/4 cup dulse (purple seaweed)
  • dulse
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar (if you don't have this, any vinegar will do)
  • 1/3 cup vegan BBQ sauce (I prefer Annie's Organic Hot Chipolte)
  • annie's
  • 1 tsp spike (or garlic, onion, paprika, parsley)
  • salt & pepper to taste


Warm Salad

  • Bring medium pot of water to a boil.
  • Rip the kale by hand, all at once in half, then half again.
  • When kale turns bright green and tender (2 - 3 minutes) it is done. DO NOT COVER GREENS when boiling, as they will turn brown.
  • Throw the seaweed in just as the kale is finished, otherwise it will fall apart if added earlier.
  • drain water, plate and (in a manly-fashion, of course) sprinkle oil & vinegar on top

Tempeh w/ Vegetables

  • crush the cloves of garlic with the wide side of a butcher knife, let sit for 5 minutes
  • meanwhile, Roughly dice the mushrooms and zucchini
  • half the cherry tomatoes
  • slice the tempeh into 2 thin patties
  • heat canola oil on medium in a saucepan, add vegetables
  • heat a separate saucepan to medium, then add half the BBQ sauce. Add the Tempeh, then the remaining BBQ sauce on top
  • when mushrooms have become golden, the veggies are done.
  • When the edges of the Tempeh are golden and crisp, remove from heat and plate it aside the salad.
  • Top the Tempeh with the veggies

DB's Etiquette Recommendation: There is nothing wrong with preparing a nice meal for just yourself. When no one else is at risk, experiment with food! Combine ingredients, and turn the kitchen into a laboratory. It's fun and sometimes it's the road to your best recipes.