Lemon garlic tempeh cooked in coconut oil and served with blanched kale. This meal is 21 Day Fix approved and counts for 1 red container, 1 green container and 1 teaspoon of oil.

I haven’t talked about my fitness routine in quite a while so I figured I would fill ya in on it today. As you may remember (or not), back in December I started doing Focus T25. I did the 8 week challenge on my own and then did an additional 4 weeks starting from the beginning with Isaac. I fell in love with the short, intense workouts and found Shaun T to be really motivating. It was nice to have a quick workout that Isaac and I could do together at home. And not having to drive to the gym when it was literally freezing outside this winer was pretty amazing!

Lemon garlic tempeh slices over a bed of cooked kale.

The program is similar to Insanity with a large focus on cardio and body weight exercises. A few of the videos in the second (beta) portion of the program do include weights and there’s an extension to the program (gamma) with more focus on strength training but we didn’t buy the additional package. Given that the workouts are only 25 minutes, they are really fast paced, involve lots of jumping and leg exercises (for maximum calorie burn) and there’s no resting. The time goes by really quickly and by the end of the workouts we were always super sweaty. There were definitely times where I had to modify the exercises or go slower than Shaun T but overall, I found the workouts challenging but still doable.

In terms of following the full program, I was super diligent about getting the workouts in each day but I wasn’t following the eating plan. I was eating healthfully (per the usual) but it was throughout the holidays so I was also indulging quite a bit. That said, after 12 weeks of doing T25 workouts, I could definitely tell that I gained quite a bit of strength and muscle in my legs, which was awesome, but I didn’t see much change elsewhere.

Once I completed the alpha round for a second time, I decided not to do beta again. The videos can get a little repetitive and I was ready for a change. We joined a new gym so I started doing more strength training with weights while attending two cycle classes a week at Tidal Wheel. It was a good change of pace.

About a month ago, I saw that Beachbody had released a new program called the 21 Day Fix.

21 Day Fix book and plastic food storage containers.

I’ve said this before, but the one area I tend to struggle with in terms of healthy eating is portion control. The 21 Day Fix hones in on this issue by providing a meal plan and containers to keep track of your portions. It also includes a workout plan with 30 minute workouts. I liked the idea of doing a challenge that focused on clean eating/portion control while also providing a good workout plan so I figured I would give it a try.

I started the program last Monday and so far I’m loving it! I’m eating all the foods I normally eat, I’m just more aware of the portions and keeping myself accountable with the group. The workouts have been awesome as well. Autumn Calabrese is tough, motivating (I mean, look at her abs!) and has a “no bs” attitude that I like! She also says, “Drop it like it’s hot” during several of the videos, which makes me love her even more. <— If you’ve ever been out dancing with me, you’ll know that this song is my jam and I’m a pro at doing the move. 😉

Lemon garlic tempeh slices over a bed of cooked kale.

Whew, okay so now that I’ve explained what I’ve been doing lately in terms of fitness, I’ve got a 21 Day Fix approved recipe to share. If you like this one, let me know and I’ll try to most more of my 21 Day Fix approved meals throughout the next two-three weeks.

Lemon garlic tempeh slices over a bed of cooked kale.

If you make this lemon garlic tempeh be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

Lemon garlic tempeh slices over a bed of cooked kale.

Lemon Garlic Tempeh

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Lemon Garlic Tempeh cooked in coconut oil and served with blanched kale. This meal is 21 Day Fix approved and counts for 1 red container, 1 green container and 1 teaspoon of oil.


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 (8 oz) package tempeh, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 4 drops of liquid stevia
  • 2 cups blanched kale
  • dash of sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Blanch your kale if you haven’t already: Place de-stemmed and chopped kale in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place the kale in a bowl of ice water. Drain well. Sometimes I actually squeeze the kale to wring out all the extra liquid.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh strips and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip and cook for another 2 minutes or until both sides of the tempeh slices are brown.
  3. While tempeh is browning, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, Italian seasoning and stevia in a small bowl.
  4. Once tempeh has browned, add blanched kale and the lemony garlic mixture. Stir to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add salt and ground pepper to taste and serve.

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 325
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 25g

Keywords: lemon garlic tempeh, 21 day fix recipe

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  1. Can’t thank you enough for the recipe. Fast easy and delicious. Am following a special Keto diet and trying to keep the fat and dairy down as well. Added some mushrooms and some pak choy which I also blanched. Used maple syrup instead of stevia (as did not have liquid stevia). Other half very happy with it too. Look forward to trying your other recipes.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Jacqui! I’m so glad you’re loving this dish. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to come back to leave a comment, I so appreciate it.

  2. This is so delicious! Thank you for sharing, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your website. I cooked the tempeh with the sauce and served with a side of cucumber/tomato salad instead of on a bed of kale.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Hannah! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my website too. 🙂 Thanks for trying this dish and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it.

  3. I’ve been making this recipe for a while and it’s one of my favorites! I absolutely love it with roasted red potatoes. It works just as well with steamed kale! (If you’re like me, a little lazy and just want to throw it in the steamer). It’s so quick too. And great with white wine. I can’t say enough good things about it lol!

    • Hi Tara! I’m thrilled that you’ve been loving this recipe for awhile now, thanks for sharing! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. Your feedback is so helpful to the EBF team + community. 🙂

  4. There is no such thing as a 21-day fix. It’s every day for the rest of your life.

    The recipe was good, though.

  5. May I ask what does this statement mean..?
    “This meal is 21 Day Fix approved and counts for 1 red container, 1 green container and 1 teaspoon of oil.”

  6. This recipe is crazy delicious! Am trying tempeh as a meat alternative and was looking for recipes. Lucky for me that I happened upon this one…so good! Thank you!

    • No, it’s definitely not required. It adds a nice sweetness which you can easily add with a little maple syrup or honey instead. I’d start with 1 teaspoon of maple or honey if you want to try either of those instead.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to see more 21 day fix friendly recipes and I can’t wait to try this one – I’ve never had tempeh! I’m curious to hear how you would compare the 21 day fix and T25? I’ve been doing Insanity and would love a switch and was thinking of the 21 day fix. 🙂

  8. i am starting the 21 day fix next week. I would love recipes/tips for meal ideas….and do you have any idea if we can workout regularly at the gym while doing the fix or not?

  9. i love tempeh. This recipe looks really good. I’ll also have to check out the 21 day fix too. Seems like a cool program and it sounds like you are enjoying it!

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