What’s For Dinner: Buffalo Tempeh Nachos

By Purple Carrot

Buffalo Tempeh Nachos (click for the recipe)

Time: 25 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Serve:  2 (Generous)

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food made from slightly fermented soy beans. It’s in cake form, a pressed patty of sorts. The flavor is somewhat nutty and is fairly mild with a savory umami flavor, and a good source of Potassium, protein, fiber, Magnesium, Riboflavin, and Iron as well as other nutrients. Tempeh works well in many types of cultural dishes.

What can you do with it?

You can can use Tempeh in place of ground beef, use it where you would use Tofu. You can also cook it in strips, patties, crumbled, or grated. Tempeh is really pretty versatile. Many people recommend softening the Tempeh, but I use it just as it is.

Review:

This was a quick and easy dinner! If you like Buffalo sauce you’ll be a fan! This dish is a great get dinner done quick or a great fit for hanging out in from of the TV. If you don’t like hot and spicy foods you can purchase mild Buffalo Sauce.

The salsa was a celery, corn, and tomato salsa and worked well with the recipe and very quick to make. I think I might try a celery and apple salsa next time for a little sweetness, but the salsa worked well.

The recipe calls for shredded cabbage as a topping, but I added lime juice, a little onion and a pinch of salt just to give a little boost. It would be good just as is too, so don’t feel the pressure to do anything to it.

I love the recipes from Purple Carrot, there have been very few that I didn’t love. They excel at sauces and flavor combinations. We enjoyed dinner!

Tips:

-Don’t be intimidated to try new things like Tempeh. We were hesitant and first and now use it in many dishes.

-The Airfryer is great for crisping the Tempeh.

-If you are out of Ranch dressing try mixing Mayonnaise, Garlic salt, and some dried dill, then add water to the consistency you like. It is a surprisingly good quick substitute.


Some other Dinner ideas for this week:

Sweet Potato, Corn, and Black Bean Hash – Eating Well Magazine. one of my go to’s!

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna – Ina Garten. A 4 MMM dish from the hubs!

Chili with Polenta and Vegetables – Martha Stewart

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies – Damn Delicious. I’m a big fan her dishes live up the the name!

Enjoy!


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Review: Instant Pot (PC Quick Cooker) Lasagna

Recipe by Amy + Jacky

Instantpot Lasagna (click for the recipe)

Time: 50 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Serve:  4

I love pressure cooking!!! And I’ve yet to blow up a single thing!! Really!!! Pressure cooking is fast, easy, flavorful, and doesn’t heat up the kitchen. I started with a basic electric pressure cooker, then moved to the Instantpot and when it died I bought my long desired Pampered Chef Quick Cooker, but really they all do the same thing, simplify meal time.

I’ve tried a lot of things in the pressure cooker and I’d own one just to make my own dried beans! No pre-soaking yaaasss!! 26 minutes and done! It does so much more though!

I finally decided to try a lasagna, which seemed like it would never work, but it did and it did it beautifully.

Review: While I used the information from Amy + Jacky I did improvise. I found that their recipe is a basic lasagna recipe and I made it the way I would normally. Honestly, one of the best is the one right on the side of the Mullers lasagna noodle box, but any one will do and this recipe is a good basic lasagna recipe, so go for it.

I did not use sausage, just because didn’t have any on hand. I also always add an extra layer of cheese in the layers. It turned out great!! The lasagna was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. We will do this meal again!

Tips: If you have a springform pan that fits in your Instantpot that will be the easiest, but any pan that is compatible to your machine should work.

The trickiest part is breaking the noodles to fit the pan. I used a knife to have more control to cut the angles I wanted.

You MUST use “No Boil” noodles!

You can broil off the top for a nice brown crusty top, but you don’t have to.

Instant Pot vs Pampered Chef Quick Cooker: I have found that I have to add a little extra time to my Quick Cooker for almost every recipe I make. Both machines require practice and deciding what you think is just right.

This recipe called for 24 minutes on High, but for the Quick Cooker I had to do it for 40 minutes and did 10 minutes natural release, which is honestly not much different from making it in the oven. I also added 2 cups water to the pot instead of 1 cup. While I could have done the whole thing in the oven it just so happened that our air conditioning died and it was 90 degrees in my house! Somebody say yayyyyy pressure cooker! I was able to make a yummy dinner without heating up the house. That was a win!

Will I do it again? Absolutely! While my pressure cooker did it’s thing I went about doing mine and not even thinking about it. Fix it, forget about it!!

Enjoy!


I live in Greensboro NC with my husband who is an Environmental Consultant and Geologist and I am a Certified Health Coach. We both are Independent Shaklee Distributors and help people live healthier, greener lives. 

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