Tempeh Taco Tuesday!

tempeh taco tuesday

Who doesn’t like tacos?  This Tuesday try my tempeh tacos for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

Tempeh is less well-known in the U.S. than tofu but shouldn’t be overlooked.  Most soy consumed in the U.S. comes from highly processed soy in the form of tofu.  Most of the soy is also genetically engineered.  Tempeh however is produced with significantly less processing than most soy foods and more closely resembles a “whole food”.  Tempeh is also fermented which increases the digestibility of the soy.

Replacing dairy and meat products with tempeh and other soy products has been linked to lower cholesterol intake and an increase of folate, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, iron, and fiber.  Tempeh also has lots of healthy phytonutrients in it, and while the research may be controversial there are studies that support soy foods as having an anti-cancer effect on the body.  Better heart health, prevention and treatment of obesity, prevention of type 2 diabetes, decrease in COPD and neurodegenerative disease also have been linked to the benefits of eating tempeh.

So, let’s get on with the recipe 🙂

INGREDIENTS

1 package tempeh strips (I used sesame ginger)
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 package broccoli slaw
whole wheat, low carb wraps (or whatever taco shells you would like)

DRESSING

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp agave nectar or pure maple syrup
1 1/2 – 2 tsp Dijon mustard
½ – 1 tsp fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1 very small clove garlic
½ sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl and pour over the broccoli slaw.  Toss to coat and set aside.

Saute the peppers and onions in olive oil for 2-3 minutes and then add the tempeh and saute about 3 more minutes.

Place the tempeh, peppers, and onions in your taco shell and pile on the broccoli slaw.  Wrap up, eat, and enjoy!

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For a quick and easy dinner, make the dressing up ahead of time.  This also lets the slaw marinade with all the flavors…yum.  Simply saute…throw it all together…BAM…dinner!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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