Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 36

No witty commentary today.  I'm crabby like you wouldn't believe.  But I ate well at least:

Mock Chicken Salad on Brown Rice Cakes

1 package of tempeh

1 stalk celery, minced
½ red bell pepper, minced
1 large dill pickle, minced
2 scallions, chopped
Handful chopped parsley
3 T vegan mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Poach tempeh in pot of boiling water for 10 minutes or baked in a greased pan for 20 minutes at 170 C. Drain and set aside to cool completely. Chopped cooled tempeh into chicken salad sized pieces. Mix all ingredients. Serve.  Serious Yum!

Lentil Nut Burgers

1 onion, chopped and sauteed until soft
1 1/2 cups cooked and cooled lentils
3/4 cup ground walnuts
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup oats (dry)
Handful parsley leaves
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying

Process all in food processor until mixed and smooth ( not totally pureed - leave some texture).  Form into about 10 patties.  Fry 5 minutes or so on both sides until outside is crisp and brown and inside is firm.  Yes, the kids ate these!


  1. Emily,

    I hope you feel better soon!

    I just wanted to ask you ... what is the secret to cooking tempeh? If I get it in a restaurant, I love it, but I can't seem to make it taste nearly as good at home. Well, actually, that is an overstatement. I mean "not good at all".

  2. Thanks Jenn. I suspect rogue hormones at work!

    Apparently poaching the tempeh as in the above recipe, mellows the flavor. I don't think I've ever had it in a restaurant though so don't know how to compare results.

  3. Hi Emily,
    Thanks so much for entering the cookbook giveaway, and for your kind comment about my blog! I'm glad you commented because now I found yours. . . and I already love this recipe! I use tempeh frequently but have never done it this way--will give it a try. :)

  4. Wow, thanks stopping by Ricki! I feel like Vegan Blog Royalty has paid me a visit. I can't wait to get your cookbook one day. My kids ADORE your Seed Jumble Cookies that we found online somewhere - wegweb, I think.

  5. I found your blog through the Israeli Wholistic Forum. Fantastic blog. I am looking forward to trying out the lentil burgers - got my lentils soaking now for tomorrow.

    Megan - also in Kfar Saba

  6. Hi Megan,
    I emailed you before fellow Kfar Sabaite that you are.

    Anyway, no need to soak lentils before cooking. Unless you are sprouting them to make them more digestible maybe? Maybe you know something we don't? Do share...