Friday, December 17, 2010

Tempeh with Kale and Carrots in Miso Peanut Sauce

I've been playing around with tempeh lately, a food that until recently I wasn't super crazy about. Now that I've figured out how to temper its bitterness by sauteeing it, tempeh and I are becoming good friends. So, now, I'm having fun trying out creative dishes with it, and this is my latest one. It has a sauce that's reminiscent of my Chunky Miso Soup, which is the first dish that I mixed miso and peanut butter. I think you should definitely try that combination because they really go well together. Throw in some inexpensive carrots and some garden-grown kale, served alongside some mac and chreese, and you're looking at an affordable, yet filling, meal. Hope you like this as much as we do.

Tempeh with Kale and Carrots in Miso Peanut Sauce


2 Tbs. canola oil
3 pkgs. tempeh, diced in one inch cubes
1 cup of carrots, sliced diagonally
2 cups of kale, chopped or torn
2 Tbs. miso
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 and 1/2 cups of water
1 tsp. garlic salt


Heat oil in large pan over medium heat. When hot add the tempeh and saute for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add the carrots and cook for another five minutes. Add the kale and cook for three more minutes. Whisk the miso, peanut butter, water and garlic salt together in a medium bowl. Pour over the pan ingredients and cook for another two minutes, until all is coated and warmed through. A new kind of taste! Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. That contains some of my favorite things, I love tempeh! It looks delish!!

  2. Thank you, Wild Magnolia and Janet! :-)

  3. Tempeh and kale are staples around here. Yours looks yummy. You can temper tempeh's bitterness by simmering it for 10 minutes before using it in your recipe. Or try different brands — they're all a little different, and some aren't bitter at all.

  4. as soon as I get my groceries done I am going to try this peanut butter looks so good.

  5. While I am hesitant on the tempeh, this does look tasty! I wish I was closer to have a bite! What is in the background? It looks tasty!

  6. tempeh, im glad you found a way you like it, i thought it was bitter too! and dry...
    i have been putting miso in everything!!! i love that stuff:)

  7. Tempeh has never been one of my favs either. Thanks for the tip on preparing it and the recipe; it sounds great!

  8. Well, Andrea, we're still working on tempeh, but kale is definitely a staple. So, you use the same method I do in easing out tempeh's bitterness, I see.

    Thank you, Sarah!

    Hope you like it, Millie.

    Brandi, it's mac and chreese. They went well together.

    Keep working with tempeh, Michelle. It's healthy enough for you that if you can find a way to prepare it to your liking, you will benefit.

    Hope it helps, Rose.

  9. Ohhh, I bet this tasted great! Packed with lots of protein!

  10. I have a new found love for tempeh- that looks delicious!

  11. I'm a Tempeh lover and think this would be a great way to prepare it.

  12. It did, Carissa, thanks!

    Welcome to the tempeh club, VegSpinz!

    Thank you, S.V. Let me know if you try it!