Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fastiest, Easiest, Tastiest Vegan Dinner Ever!

Oh my gosh! I have to shout out a HUGE thank you to my friend (and HGK contributor) Liz for inspiring me to make Isa Chandra Moskowitz's recipe for Buffalo Tempeh Wraps from her cookbook Appetite for Reduction.

For those of you not familiar with this author/cookbook, Ms. Moskowitz is a vegan cookbook author who admittedly gained weight testing and tasting all of her amazing vegan recipes. Lots of people think that because a food is "vegan" that it is healthy and even low in calories. But if you are here reading Healthy Girl's Kitchen, I'm guessing you have discovered that it's simply not true. Anyway, Ms. Moskowitz figured it out after authoring many successful vegan cookbooks, and gaining a lot of weight, and then decided to create a cookbook of low calorie, plant-strong, vegan recipes.

And. It. Rocks.

Like, a best ever cookbook.

So when my buddy Liz mentioned that she and her husband Chris were really loving the Buffalo Tempeh Wraps, I figured it wasn't going to be long before I gave them a try. It took me a day.

Do you like the taste of that hot sauce on spicy chicken wings? I've never been a wing eater, but I did once have that hot sauce in a shredded chicken dish and I have never forgotten how much I enjoyed the taste of the sauce. But to say that I've had no opportunity to enjoy that hot sauce on a plant-strong diet would be an understatement.

Until now.

Holy sh . . . cow!

Here's what you will need:
1. The recipe for Isa's Buffalo Tempeh. Liz told me to crumble up the tempeh after steaming it instead of cutting it into triangles like Isa's recipe recommended. The crumbles worked out beautifully. I just simmered the crumbles in the marinade for about 10 minutes.
2. The recipe for Isa's Cool Slaw. A winner all by itself. You will definitely want this recipe for any time you want to replicate a traditional coleslaw. It's amazing. I had to add more cashews to the dressing because when I blended it in my food processor it seemed thin. It was easy to fix by adding more cashews and blending again.
3. Big whole wheat wraps. I used whole wheat lavash.

The rest is history.
This guy loved it. Maybe you should give it a try.



Do you own a copy of Appetite for Reduction? What's your favorite recipe in the book?

28 comments:

Cindy Marsch said...

Wendy, your link to the "Reduction" blog took up over two hours of my morning today, as I cross-referenced my copy of AFR while reading! I don't do the faux meats, preferring to use a little chicken or fish or even other meats here and there, but your enthusiasm makes this seem like something I'll want to try. Thanks!

JL goes Vegan said...

I have the book -- and have not made this. I must!

Julie Ann said...

Yes! I also loved the Buffalo Tempeh Wraps - except I had smaller ww tortillas, so they were more like buffalo tempeh soft tacos... ;-) I like the idea of doing it in crumbles!

Emily @ One Sweet Vegan said...

I haven't even heard of that book yet, but now I definitely want to buy it!! That recipe looks so good!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

I haven't heard of that one, but will definitely check it out now! It cracks me up how people think that just because something says "vegetarian" or "vegan" it must be low-cal and good for you. Notsomuch!

Amy said...

I really love this cookbook!! I have been making lots of recipes from it and here and there changing a few things, making lots of notes...
My favorite recipe so far? I do love the Sanctuary Dressing, but I think I have mentioned that already (at least 10 times!)
I don't use Tempeh a lot, because my kids tend not to like it, but this does sound good...

katshealthcorner said...

I never heard of this book before. It sounds delicious! :) I'm going to get my hands on it!

maya said...

i love this book. it's practically all i'm cooking with lately.

our favorite recipe is the gingered bok choy with soba noodles. even the 5yo likes it!

Marisa said...

OMG, I think I have to buy that book just for that recipe! It looks amazing. I also agree with you said about just because something is vegan doesn't mean you can eat it all day and not worry about gaining weight. I think it's normal to indulge in vegan treats like cookies and ice cream when first making the switch ( I did, and definitely gained weight!) But for myself, I noticed that after awhile I just craved more fruits and veggies! Then the weight just came off.

Marisa said...

Just realized that you posted links to the recipe! Now I know what I'm making my husband tonight. :)

Anonymous said...

Eeek! A mouse!

This recipe sounds good, shall give it a go this weekend. Thanks.

Cindy@talkhealthytome said...

Sounds delicious. As luck would have it, I have tempeh in my refrigerator, waiting for a terrific recipe.

Shannon@http://bananboatsandcabbagepatches.blogspot.com/ said...

My husband and I are vegetarians and have been wanting to try tempeh for awhile now. Just put this on the menu for next week...sounds great!Love your blog btw:)

Lani said...

Also, for everyone out there(i already own Appetite for Reduction) try a new cookbook that is terrific esp for the summer...The best veggie burgers on the planet by Joni Marie Newman. It's a winner

veganspinster said...

The Caesar Chavez dressing is like crack--you will be trying to lick the blender once you've made it. I don't know how you feel about fake meats, but I cook a couple of the Gardein chicken fingers (I forget their actual name) and make a vegan chicken caesar salad which is amazingly good.

I've been making lots of recipes from this cookbook, and I can't say that I've not liked anything yet. The Pasta con Broccoli is very simple and full of flavor (as long as you like garlic).

By the way I really enjoy your blog (and your new kitchen is to die for)! Be well.

Healthy Girl said...

Vegan Spinster-I'm totally going to give the Caesar Chavez a try based on your recommendation. I eat the fake stuff occassionally and I love your idea of the un-chicken nuggets in a salad with that dressing.

liz said...

yay!!!!! so glad you liked it! good call with adding more cashews to the dressing - it was a little thin. now i can't wait to make this again!

The Healthy Librarian said...

Made them last night for dinner!

Comes together fast--and it's a WINNER! Yes, my husband ate TWO!

Never would have noticed this slaw/Buf wing/wrap combo--hidden in the back of Isa's book w/o you!

Best hints from Wendy:

1. Crumble the tempeh
2. Add more cashews. I did it with 1/3 of cup

My hints:

1.Use French Meadow Bakery's sprouted grain tortillas for mega nutrition.

2. Try Soy Boy's multi-grain tempeh with just 3 grams of fat, and half the calories of most tempehs.

Healthy Girl said...

Thank you Healthy Librarian! Great advice!

JoycieB said...

Made this last night and hubby and I both enjoyed it a lot! Also, I ordered that book from Amazon as I've been meaning to for awhile now! Thanks again for your great blog...my hubby and I are newly plant-based and your ideas and recipes are helping soooo much!

Sarah said...

I love, love, love that book. There are so many awesome recipes in there. Haven't tried this one yet. x

Blonde Michigan Vegetarian said...

i havent made any thing from it yet but I plan to this week when it cools down! :)

MeganC said...

What brand of hot sauce did you use? Mine was too spicy.

Healthy Girl said...

I'm not a hot sauce afficianado, but I imagine that all hot sauces are very spicy. If you don't love heat, this may not be the dish for you. It's all really about the hot sauce and the cool slaw working in combination. I'm sorry that it didn't work out for you!!!

Megan C said...

I tried it again with a different hot sauce and it was perfect! I LOVE hot and spicy dishes, so I must have used too hot of a sauce:)
My husband and brother-in-law even loved them! They asked what the hot stuff was and I just smiled and said grains:) They are not so much into my new eating style, but sure enough they still loved them! I'm so happy I tried it again.

Healthy Girl said...

Yeah Megan C! It's so awesome that you gave this another try.

Allison said...

So I want to make this tonight as I bought all the ingredients, but I have no idea how to cook temepeh? Any tips? I just take it out of the package and crumble it? Any advice would be great! Thanks!

Healthy Girl said...

Allison-take it out of the package and steam it like you would steam broccoli for 10 minutes. Let it cool enough for you to handle it and then break it into small pieces. You can also break it up with a spoon as you mix it in with the sauce. It's all very easy, no need to worry!

 
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