Tempeh Chow Mein – Recipe of the Month

This recipe is from www.simple-veganista.com by Julie.
She says:I love creating healthy, affordable, easy vegan recipes that everyone will love!

Note from Sarita:I have modified this recipe to make it without garlic or gluten and using healthy coconut oil for frying the tempeh. It is really great to be able to make world cuisine without compromising on our health and well-being!

Easy recipe and ready in about 30 minutes. If you’re not a fan of tempeh, this can easily be made into a vegetable chow mein by adding in more vegetables.

Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
Category: Entree, Asian
Cuisine: Vegan

– 8 oz. package brown rice spaghetti type noodles
– 1 tablespoon coconut oil
– 2 (8oz.) packages tempeh
– 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– 1/2 head green cabbage (about 4 cups), shredded
– 1 large celery stalk, sliced diagonally
– 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally
– 1/2 onion, sliced

– 1/4 cup tamari (has little to no wheat. Check the ingredients list and best to buy this in a bio shop)
– 2 tablespoons pure organic maple syrup
– 2 tablespoons water
– 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, optional
– 1 inch knob of ginger, grated or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
– mineral salt and pepper to taste (white pepper would be great here)

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add noodles, reduce heat to medium and cook for 4 minutes (or as indicated on the package). Drain, rinse and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce and set aside.
In a large wok, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium to medium-high heat, add tempeh, crumbling it between your fingers, onion and celery, cook 1 minute. Add a couple tablespoons of sauce mixture, continue to cook for another 2 -3 minutes. Add in cabbage and carrot, stir to mix, cover and cook another 5 – 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until cabbage has shrunk down and softened. Add in noodles and remaining sauce, toss to coat, continue cooking until noodles are warmed through. Add additional tamari or other seasoning to taste.

Serve warm topped with scallions, red pepper flakes and cilantro. Sesame seeds and / or chili sauce would also be great!

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