Tempeh with Mushrooms, Onions + Tomato Sauce

 

Tempeh with Mushrooms, Onions + Tomato Sauce // vegan, gluten free

Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

- 1 package tempeh, diced

- 1 large yellow onion, diced

- 2 cups mushrooms of choice, sliced

- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil

- 1 cup tomato sauce of choice

- 1 tsp dried oregano

- salt and pepper to taste

- 3 cups greens of choice, optional

Instructions:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet. Add onions and season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes
  2. Add in mushrooms and cook another 5-7 minutes, until mushrooms begin to brown.
  3. Push mushrooms and onions off to one side of the pan. Add the other tbsp of coconut oil and the tempeh and cook until tempeh begins to brown (5-7 minutes).
  4. When tempeh is browned, add in greens and tomato sauce and cook until greens are wilted and sauce is warmed. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, and oregano. Enjoy!

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Over the past few months, I've been going, going, going, often relying on the the wonderful, healthy options that the NYC food scene has to offer, but recently I've been back in my kitchen, getting creative with new recipes and rediscovering meal prep!

This is a recipe that I've made a few times and I love it so much! Its super quick and fuss-free, yet tastes like something special you would order at a restaurant. The lemon dill yogurt sauce makes for an amazing dressing, both with the salmon and for salads.

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce // dairy free option, paleo

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets (I used the frozen wild caught steelhead from Trader Joe's, thawed in my fridge before cooking)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 container thick yogurt (Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt works great)
  • 1 small Persian cucumber, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven (broil). Line a baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on paper or foil. Drizzle each fillet with 1 tsp olive oil and half of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Cook salmon. Depending on thickness, it may take anywhere from 7-10 minutes, so keep an eye on it. The salmon is done when you can flake it with a fork (i.e. it's not still raw inside!)

3. Make sauce while salmon is cooking. Whisk together yogurt, remaining lemon juice, and dill. Taste and add salt & pepper as desired. Mix in cucumber.

4. Eat! Serve salmon topped with a few tablespoons of yogurt sauce. I like to put this over a bed of greens and use the sauce as a dressing.

Honey Sesame Tempeh

Tempeh (TEM-PAY) is a fermented soy cake. It's tofu's lesser-known sibling, much firmer and nuttier, and with a higher concentration of protein, fiber, and vitamins as a result of the fermentation process. 

Like tofu, tempeh takes on whatever flavor you cook it in. This honey-sesame tempeh is a great recipe to try if you are new to tempeh - it's simple, sweet, and salty (what more could you ask for??). Not ready to venture in tempeh-land just yet? I'm sure this sauce would taste great on tofu, fish, or other protein (or veggies!) of choice. 

Honey Sesame Tempeh served over sautéed greens with kabocha squash + kraut

Honey Sesame Tempeh served over sautéed greens with kabocha squash + kraut

Honey Sesame Tempeh (vegetarian, gluten free option)

Ingredients:

- 1 8-oz package tempeh

- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil (refined coconut oil if you don't want a coconutty taste!)

- 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup 

- 1 tbsp soy sauce (gluten free, if desired)

- 1 tsp sesame oil

- Sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions:

1. Make honey sesame marinade: Whisk coconut oil, maple syrup, soy sauce and sesame oil in a medium bowl. 

2. Let it mingle: Cut tempeh into 1/2 inch thick slices. Lay slices flat in a glass container or baking dish and coat with the marinade. Let tempeh marinate for at least 1 hour, flipping the slices at least once to  ensure both sides are equally soaked in flavorful goodness. Note: if you put your marinating tempeh in the fridge, the coconut oil will harden, making the whole thing very unattractive. No worries though! It will be fine once you cook it.

3. Cooking time! Pan fry the tempeh slices over medium heat until both sides are browned. Scoop any extra marinade out of your dish and add to pan while cooking. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to finish. Enjoy!

 

This tempeh is very versatile - you can make this a part of your bowl meal, add to salads or sandwiches, or even snack on it on its own!

Have you tried tempeh before? How did you like it?

High Protein Avocado Toast

In case you didn't know this already, I love avocado. As I've mentioned before, it's my "perfect food." During my recent move, I found myself turning to avocado toast for many a quick meal. This variation of the oh-so-trendy avocado toast came out of my desire for an easy meal that still packed in all the essential macronutrients : protein, fat, complex carbs. 

If you haven't experimented with lentils yet, I recommend you pick some up soon. Not only are they high in protein and iron, they are super easy to make. I've recently added cooking lentils to my weekend meal-prep routine so they are ready to go for toast, bowls, and other meals during the week. 

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High Protein Avocado Toast // vegan, gluten free option, soy free

Serves 1 (but feel free to double this recipe if you want to share, or if you are really hungry!)

Ingredients:

- 1 piece bread of choice (I love Free Bread Inc gluten free breads)

- 1/2 ripe avocado

- 1/3 cup cooked lentils (I used split red lentils as they have the quickest cook time)

- sea salt and pepper

- lemon/lime

- red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

1. Toast your bread. 

2. While bread is toasting, mash avocado with lemon/lime in a small bowl using the back of a fork. 

3. Spread lentils over toasted bread (if you use split red lentils they will probably be soft enough to smoosh on the toast like a dip).

4. Top lentils with mashed avocado. Season with S&P and red pepper (if desired). ENJOY!

 

Other variations:

Mediterranean: Use hummus instead of lentils.  Top with roasted red peppers, olives, or artichoke hearts.

Mexican:  Use cooked black beans instead of lentils.  Sprinkle with cumin and top with salsa.

American: Use a sliced hard-boiled egg instead of lentils. Top with a sliced tomato and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

 

Are you an avocado fanatic like me?  What's your favorite way to enjoy this beautiful green fruit? Yup, it's a FRUIT!  Let me know in the comments below.