Lemon Garlic Tempeh



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Lemon garlic tempeh 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.

Lemon garlic tempeh slices over a bed of cooked kale.

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.

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4.20 from 31 votes

Lemon Garlic Tempeh

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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While tempeh is browning, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, Italian seasoning and stevia in a small bowl.
  • 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.


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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 21 day fix recipe, lemon garlic tempeh
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  1. 4 stars
    I used sautéed broccoli instead of kale because…I had some. This was my first time trying tempeh and I’m on the fence about it. I think I might not like cumin. And maybe the texture of tempeh. I have ADHD, so that’s just a thing for me, nothing against the recipe. I think I might try this in the air fryer next time to make it more crispy, and in bite sized pieces so more crispness all around. And swap the cumin for smoked paprika or something. As it is, the recipe tastes very fresh and Mediterranean.

    1. Thanks for trying this recipe and coming back to leave a review, Krystal! Let me know if you try it in the air fryer and what you think about it!

  2. 4 stars
    Loved the tempeh but my kale was quite lemony. I used a couple teaspoons of honey since I had no stevia. Also used a large lemon. I would probably have benefited from a given measurement of lemon juice. I will try it again with less lemon. Any suggestions on the amount of hony to use?

    1. Hey Dana – Thank you for the feedback. I’ll make a note about the amount of lemon juice since lemon sizes vary. I would start with 1 teaspoon of honey if you were to swap it for the stevia.

  3. Can I use spinach instead of kale in this recipe? Would I then skip the blanching and add fresh spinach at the point you put everything together in the pan? I just don’t like kale.

    1. Hi Suzy – Yes, spinach should work great in this recipe, I would probably sauté them before adding into the pan with everything to make the spinach more tender. Hope you enjoy!

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