Pulled BBQ Tempeh

I’ve been finding myself eating a lot more plant-based protein lately. It’s really what my body has been craving and I am all about listening to your body. My top 3 favourite plant-based protein sources are beans, legumes and tempeh!

This pulled bbq tempeh is basically the vegetarian version of pulled “pork.” Tempeh is an awesome alternative to include in your lifestyle since its high in protein and avoids animal fat and cholesterol!

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I wanted to share my opinion on meat and eating lifestyles in general after receiving various hateful comments on Instagram. I’ve never addressed this but I think it’s very important to note that what works for someone, may not work for another. If you’re vegan and it works for you, great! If you’re paleo and it works for you, great! However, the problem arises when a person who eats a certain way hates on someone who eats differently than them. I see this SO much online and I personally find it ridiculous.

I truly believe that there is no magical formula of how you should be eating, other than the fact that processed foods and fast food are definitely things to eliminate. You can be vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian… Whatever you classify your eating lifestyle as, that’s your business. If it works for you, all the power to you!

I personally don’t like to label my eating lifestyle but if you’re curious to know how I eat (you probably already know how I like to eat if you follow me on Instagram @TheNutritiousPrincess), it’s very simple! The majority of my eating lifestyle consists of vegetables – all vegetables! From salads, to soups to roasted vegetables, I love eating lots of veggies! Next up, grains, healthy fats like avocados, nuts and eggs, and fresh or frozen fruit! I love grains and there are really too many to name. I love quinoa, brown rice (especially my brown rice pancakes for breakfast), couscous in tabouleh, whole wheat to make delicious bread like my cranberry orange walnut bread, spelt like in the organic spelt bread I buy from my favourite local organic bakery. Guys, I love carbs and they are so important for energy. Carbs are my best friend! When it comes to healthy fats, avocados and eggs are my go-to! Seriously, they’re my favourite with and on everything (no joke). I also enjoy almond and peanut butter . Last but certainly not least, nature’s candy: fruit! I love all fruit, whether it’s fresh berries, apples, bananas or frozen fruit in a smoothie or smoothie bowl.

Another food group I enjoy throughout the week is meat and fish! When it comes to fish, I like buying wild fish like salmon, trout, etc. As for meat, I enjoy grain-fed chicken and high-quality beef. Now, although I do enjoy eating meat, I strive to always have it be a side, whereby the main component of my meal isn’t the meat but rather salads, grains, healthy fat, roasted vegetables, soups, legumes, etc.  During the Christmas holidays, I noticed that a lot of people I was surrounded by eat very “carnivores” on a regular basis – that’s definitely not a word but I’m going with it. Like I said, I do eat meat but I truly believe that the quality and quantity is very important. Do I eat bacon for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch and ribs for dinner? HECK NO! I personally do not like eating meat for more than one meal a day. Do I enjoy grain-fed roasted chicken for a weekday meal with a big salad and some roasted veggies? That’s more like it.

Eating high-quality meat and fish a few times during the week is beneficial for your body and part of a healthy lifestyle. Fish has healthy fat and omegas which are important for brain health. Meat on the other hand is high protein and rich in iron. There is no magic formula but I’d say that I like eating meat and fish 3-4 times a week, for one meal during a given day. I’m not a nutritionist or dietician, but eating well isn’t rocket science guys! Look at the ingredients of everything you buy! A turkey burger you make at home is way better than a frozen one you buy at the store. Frozen meats often have a lot of unnecessary added ingredients. The same goes with frozen vegetables. Of course frozen sweet potato fries are soon convenient but if the ingredient list is more than just sweet potato, it’s a no in my book. I personally believe that eating well comes down to simple, high quality ingredients.

If there are any points I think you should take away from this post, these are it:

  1. Eat REAL FOOD!
  2. Load your plate with vegetables, especially leafy greens!
  3. Enjoy healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, eggs)
  4. Find the eating lifestyle that you like and that works for you!
  5. Don’t judge someone just because they eat differently than you do!
  6. Indulge in the foods you love because life is too short (yes, have that donut)!

Well this was quite a ramble but I needed to address it. Back to this high-protein, vegetarian-friendly pulled BBQ tempeh!

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Pulled BBQ Tempeh

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pack tempeh, grated
  • 1/2 cup honey garlic BBQ sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce. Note: use vegan bbq sauce if vegan)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth

Directions:

1. In a large pan with a little avocado oil at medium heat, sauté diced onion and minced garlic for 5-6 minutes.

2.  Grate tempeh. Add grated tempeh and BBQ sauce in the pan and mix to coat well.

3. Add the vegetable broth 1/4 cup at a time, waiting for it to be fully absorbed between each addtion.

4. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Enjoy immediately or keep in the fridge up to 5 days.

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happy cooking,

Sarah

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