Hold Up & New Favorite Tempeh Recipe

by on March 7, 2011

Eating Bird Food turned 3 yesterday!!

It’s so hard to believe I’ve been blogging for 3 years now! Things have progressed over the past few years – my photos, writing and readership have all gotten significantly better and I’ve fell head over heels in love with blogging and all that comes with it. As a small token of my appreciation (for my lovely readers) I thought today would be the perfect day to present an awesome giveaway. But…. as it turns out there has been a hold up in the giveaway department so that will be coming later this week. Keep your eyes peeled.

To make up for it, I have some weekend highlights and a fantastic recipe to share with you.

First up, Lauren and Trevor’s engagement party was a blast…

Lauren and I.JPG

I can hardly wait for the rest of the festivities to ensue – the bachelorette party, shower and actual wedding are all coming up soon. :)

I also found out that my local Whole Foods expanded their bulk bin section and now has a Trail Mix Bar where you can mix and match bulk bin items and make your own trail mix. I’ve been searching for a make your own trail mix bar since I heard there was one at a Whole Foods in Chicago and now there’s one at my WF! You honestly don’t know how excited I was to see this. It’s a little crazy!



And guess what? I saved the best for last – my new favorite tempeh recipe!

Now I’ve had plenty of delicious tempeh dishes out at restaurants, but to be honest, I had kind of given up on making tempeh at home (besides the Fakin’ Bacon variety). Don’t think I haven’t tried – I’ve done the boiling method, where you boil/steam the tempeh for 10 minutes before marinating and cooking it to take away any bitter flavor. I’ve tried almost every flavor variety on the market and I’ve marinated for hours. All of these methods worked okay but the finished product still wasn’t “restaurant good”. Well last night things changed, all thanks to a recommendation from Mama Pea to try one of her favorite recipes for Orange Pan-Glazed Tempeh from 101 Cookbooks.

I’m so glad I gave this recipe a shot – it was really quick and easy. No steaming, boiling or marinating – just a little juicing of some oranges, a bit of chopping and some sautéing and dinner was ready in less than 30. And, it was DELICIOUS- the sauce thickened up while cooking and had a nice sweet flavor that complemented the tempeh’s natural nuttiness. AND, there was no bitter aftertaste! (I will note that LightLife’s Three Grain variety is the mildest tempeh I have found and it’s the one I used for this recipe.)

I paired the tempeh with brown rice (pressure cooked in 20 minutes!), collard greens and a squeeze of lime. Each bite was savored and I literally day-dreamed about having the leftovers tonight for dinner. <– If that doesn’t convince you that this is a good recipe, I’m not sure what will. :)

I’m so excited to have found this recipe. Thanks to Heidi I can now make amazing tempeh at home any night of the week! If you haven’t heard of tempeh before or if you’re wondering what’s so great about it, check out this post and find out why it’s quite the super food.

Alright, I’m off to watch the end of the CAA tournament (even though I’m bitter Mason isn’t in it). Check back soon for the blogiversary giveaway!

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess@atasteofconfidence March 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

happy blog birthday!


Bethany March 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Happy birthday, EBF! Here’s to more posts, delicious recipies, and others being inspired by your story!


sarah (sarah learns) March 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

happy bloggie birthday! :)

and OH EM GEE. that trail mix bar looks amazing!!! i wonder if our wf has one – probably not yet, but i hope one’s coming!


Mama Pea March 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I’m so glad you liked the tempeh! Happy Bloggiversary!


Cara Craves... March 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

That trail mix bar would be a dangerous place for me…
I think I would spend WAY too much money.


Sarah @ Eat Live Austin March 8, 2011 at 12:49 am

That tempeh sounds wonderful! I’ve only had tempeh once but I quite liked it. I should start eating more tempeh since I can’t have seitan- it gives me gas! (sign of celiac? who knows).

and happy bday to your blog!


Eating Bird Food March 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I think seitan affects many people in that way!!


Hannah March 8, 2011 at 3:16 am

Congrats on the blog birthday! The tempeh looks delicious :-)


Lauren March 8, 2011 at 6:44 am

That is the best recipe! It also works so well on tofu. Happy blogerverisary my dear!!


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

That trail mix bar is genius!!!


Jason @ Shutter&Saute March 8, 2011 at 8:38 am

For some reason I always struggle with cooking tempeh… This looks like a great recipe though.


allison @ thesundayflog March 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

woohoo! happy 3 years! time sure flies when you’re having fun! maybe it’s proof that i will eat anything, because i never knew tempeh was bitter…..haha! i love lightlife brand (i cook the wild rice kind in soy sauce and stick it in a wrap with lots of goodies). this recipe looks awesome though!


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 8, 2011 at 9:22 am

Congratulations on three great years!


brandi March 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

Congrats on 3 years! :)


James March 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

Happy Blog-o-versary! The blog is fabulous and I’m looking forward to your next year of posts!


Stacy March 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

Congrats and happy 3rd blogiversary! I am so jealous of the trail mix bar at your Whole Foods. Maybe I need to start begging my store for one! Also that tempeh recipe looks and sounds delish, I will definitely be making that soon. Thanks for the recipe!


my little celebration March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

Happy Blogaversary!


Little Miss Fitness March 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

Happy 3rd Birthday! What an awesome day!! Congrats to such a success! I love Eating Bird Food!! :)


Kelly March 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

It’s been awhile since I’ve made tempeh at home. For some reason, the bitter flavor doesn’t bother me as much as it seems to others. I will say one of my favorite ways to make it (which I was considering last night ) is into sloppy joes. Mmmm.


Natalia - a side of simple March 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Happy blog bday!! I’ve actually been really interested in trying tempeh but had no idea how to prepare it, what to do, etc. Thanks for hooking me up :)


Stephanie @cookinfanatic March 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

HAPPY 3RD BDAY EBF!!! Congrats girl, that’s awesome :)

Aren’t you loving the new setup at our Whole Foods? Jesse said that sales have already increased alot by moving the bulk bins to the outer edges – guess people finally realize they are there and how great they are! Oh, he also said that you could come to the cooking demo (duhhhh) so that works out :)


Eating Bird Food March 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Yes- I am totally loving the new setup!!! And, I’m very excited to see you this month at the cooking demo. woo-hoo!


Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) March 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

that tempeh looks awesome!!


kim March 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

happy belated 3rd blog birthday!! :)

and oh my gosh, i need to get back to WF. i’ve been driving out there and just stopping at trader joes for little stuff and clearly ive been missing out on a lot!!


Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I got to visit your Whole Foods when I was up there for the Wine Expo. I was in heaven! :) I was sad they didn’t have a juice bar, though.


Kristina March 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

A trail mix bar??!??? Too awesome for words.


lisa March 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

congrats on 3 years of blogging! :-) and isn’t the trail mix amazing?!? I am seriously in love with it. I’ll drive all the way to whole foods (closest one is 30 minutes from me) just to make my own trail mix! haha


Eating Bird Food March 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Yes, the trail mix bar is fabulous! Thanks for letting me use your photo Lisa!


LauraJayne March 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I’ve got to visit Whole Foods and see if we have a trail mix bar now – that would be awesome!


Jenna March 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks for the tempeh recipe! I am always looking for a good marinade. As a devoted vegetarian, I am a huge fan of Mollie Katzen and The Moosewood Cookbook (as well as her other cookbooks!) Anways, I recently tried a tempeh recipe of hers, which was the best tempeh dish I have ever had!


Eating Bird Food March 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for sharing that recipe Jenna. It looks great!


Eating Bird Food March 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thanks to everyone for all the anniversary wishes!!


Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) March 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I am loving the looks of that trail mix bar, I would die of excitement if we had one here!!


kate@ahealthypassion March 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Ohhh I love this recipe I have made it like 8 times and its so simple and delicious every time!


Eating Bird Food March 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Kate, I can totally see why. I have a feeling it’s going to be my go-to tempeh recipe!!


The Healthy Apple March 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I looooove that Trail Mix Bar….wow! I wish our Whole Foods Markets here in NYC had those…I think now I really need to come down and visit you, hehe…I miss you and hope all is well…let’s set a date to play! I wanna come visit and play in Richmond with you.
Have a great night, Britt. xo


Megan (Running Foodie) March 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

That is the BEST tempeh recipe! Definitely my favorite too!


Roz March 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Happy Blog-iversary!!!!! Love your site, hope there are many more years ahead.


Kris November 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

Hi there! I recently discovered this awesome blog! Now I’m visiting the site every day and I already got many ideas for recipes and smoothies. Today I prepared the Orange Pan-Glazed Tofu, which turned out sooooo delicious, I can hardly describe. Loved it!!


Eating Bird Food November 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi Kris, I’m so glad you found EBF! The Orange Pan-Glazed tempeh/tofu is awesome, which reminds me I need to make it again. :)


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