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March 7, 2012 / lanceblair

Spicy Sweet Potato and Tempeh

Here’s a lightning-quick meal that incorporates Tempeh. This fermented cousin of Tofu is high in protein and fiber in a way that the body can actually absorb; but unfortunately it is a bit on the bitter side, leaving it temp-meh. How to rectify this? Surround it in sweetness…and do it fast! If you can’t deal with the Tempeh, then Chick Peas can be your pinch-hitter at the plate.

1 Medium Sweet Potato

2-4 Ounces Tempeh

Half small Onion

One medium Tomato, finely chopped (nearly pureed is fine too).

1 Cup Spinach chopped

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Clove Garlic, chopped

Turmeric, Garam Masala, Black Pepper, Cumin to taste…Cinnamon would be welcome too.

Parboil the Sweet Potato. You can even use the M word and zap it on high for six minutes (that works even better, sorry!) Cook the onions in the Olive Oil until slightly brown, and then add the Tomato. Introduce the Garlic to the pan-party, let it sit for a minute, then invite your spices over.  Next, add the Spinach, and once that has been absorbed and is all supple and reduced, add your Sweet Potato that has been chopped up  into nice little cubes or small wedges. Simmer,  and toss in your Tempeh, cut into thin small rectangles (or squares…or parallelograms) and cook for another three to five minutes, just enough to take in the flavors but not enough to get bitter from added heat.

I knocked this out just now for the first time in ten minutes, improvised. Hastily shot it with my phone for you to see in all its glory. Went down a treat.

Quick, sweet, spicy, and a nutrition-bomb.




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  1. ivalleria / Mar 7 2012 7:14 pm

    First of all, YUM. that sounds really good. And second… your photo looks great, I think. Nice plate. That’s a very flattering color for the sweet potato. I had to skip my delicious indian leftovers (home-made indian, naturally) in favor of going for a networking lunch at the Conde cafeteria. And now I’m drinking Diet Coke. Toxic. Toxic.

  2. lanceblair / Mar 7 2012 7:17 pm

    Thanks! The plate while drab, works great for bright Indian and Asian nosh. This meal will help remove the toxins of the Dire Coke from your veins…one bite…at…a…time. That, or blend up some carrot and ginger juice.

  3. Emily Schriebl Scott / Mar 7 2012 8:00 pm

    Looks wonderful!

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