Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Lunch

General Tso’s Tempeh

 

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A plant based twist on the favorited classic – General Tso’s TEMPEH!


General Tso’s Tempeh

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Nut-Free

Yield: 1-2 servings

ingredients:

1 8oz package of gluten free tempeh
1 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch
2 tbsp grapeseed oil or coconut oil
1/4-1/2 of a yellow/red/orange bell pepper, diced (optional)
1 cup distilled/purified water

{general tso’s marinade – healthy style}
1 tbs + 1 tsp arrowroot (or cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp cold distilled/purified water
2 tbsp liquid aminos
1 tbsp ginger root, finely minced
1 tbsp garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable broth
1-2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 tbsp coconut nectar or brown rice syrup
1 cup distilled/purified water

instructions:

cut tempeh into 3/4-inch cubes, or into desired sizes. add all the marinade ingredients into a ziplock bag and allow to marinate for 15 minutes or longer, up to overnight for more flavor – if you refrigerate, allow to warm to room temp before cooking. drain marinated sauce into sauce pan. add in 1 cup of water to the sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. cook for several minutes, stirring continuously. due to the sugar in the coconut nectar the sauce can burn quickly so watch closely. as soon as sauce turns into a thick consistency (this takes some time, but be patient it will happen) remove from heat. let sauce slightly cool. place cut tempeh in a clean ziplock bag, add in starch and shake well. make sure all the tempeh is coated with the starch. heat skillet with oil over medium heat. add tempeh and cook until golden-brown. you may have to turn the heat up to medium-high. when tempeh starts to golden add in bell peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. remove from skillet and add to sauce.

serve with brown rice or grain of choice and add some steamed or stir-fried broccoli/broccolini if you’d like. enjoy!


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Bread, Breakfast

Strawberry Banana Oat Bread

 

Banana Strawberry Oat Bread
This strawberry banana oat quickbread is hearty, wholesome, sweet and deelicious!

Let’s talk about oats for a minute. Old-fashioned oats to be specific. In case you didn’t already know, old fashioned oats are also referred to as rolled oats. Rolled oats are darn healthy grains. They are highly nutritious whole grains packed with fiber. In fact one cup is a whole 10 grams! These oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, including  Beta-glucan, a soluble fiber unique to oats. Beta-glucan is associated with a 5 percent reduction in total cholesterol and a 7 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol, the type associated with heart disease. (Read more here.) Oats are low-glycemic, which is important to look for to regulate blood sugar levels, not just for weight loss purposes. These grains happen to be very filling, and that’s why I love them. Apparently, I have a black hole in my stomach and it takes a lot for me to feel full, but it seems that whenever there are oats present I always feel full and satisfied without the sluggish feeling heavy processed foods may leave behind.


Strawberry Banana Oat Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Refined Flour-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Yeast-Free

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Yield: One 9×5 or 8×4 Bread Loaf

ingredients:

2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground to a flour
4 heaping tbsp gluten free rolled oats, whole
1 tsp baking soda
1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
3/4 tsp gluten free baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup fresh strawberries
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3-1 cup coconut nectar, brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1/3 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×5 baking/loaf pan. Grind your 2 cups of your rolled oats in a blender or food processor to make into flour. It is perfectly fine is some whole oats remain in the flour. In a large bowl, mix oat flour, and the rest of your dry ingredients well. Puree your strawberries. Now add in strawberry puree and mashed bananas along with the rest of your wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden or plastic spoon (preferably) until blended together evenly. Pour your bread batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 30-50, or until top is golden-brown and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!