Feeling lazy, but want to eat something dee-lish? Then read on for a high-ROI (where investment=cook time) meal you can enjoy any day. Actually, there are two recipes: an Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe and a Tangy Power Greens Recipe. These are great healthy, clean eating recipes that can be made gluten-free if you purchase ingredients that are specifically GF.
On Friday, I enjoyed one of my favorite lunches of recent times. As I started wondering about lunch, I had no idea what to eat. But, I knew I had some homemade BBQ sauce, tempeh, and swiss chard in the garden. I also had some kale on its last legs in the fridge. I wanted to make use of what I already had on hand, but I was already really hungry. So, lunch had to come together quickly and easily. This meal would turn out to be a wonderful surprise in ease and deliciousness.
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BBQ Tempeh Recipe and Tangy Power Greens Recipe Details
After doing so well kicking off my day with lots of veg (spinach and onion in that tasty dill-egg-scramble), I knew I wanted to get a great serving of vegetables with lunch.
I have had swiss chard getting bigger and bigger in my garden for awhile, so I decided to pluck some leaves from that plant. I also knew I had some kale (from the farmer’s market the week before) in the fridge. I combined the two for a powerhouse-combination of great greens. Some chopped onions chillin in the freezer would be a quick addition to add instant flavor.
Here’s the first recipe:
Tangy Power Greens Recipe
Want a quick and easy vegetable side? This combination of nutritious greens come together in less than 10 minutes and without the need of blanching. Use frozen, chopped onions (a staple in the TCL house) to shorten the prep time. Multiply the recipe, as needed, for a larger serving size.
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8-1/4 chopped onion (I used frozen for convenience, but you can fresh-chop some)
- 6 cups packed greens (I used swiss chard and curly kale, but spinach and other greens that don’t require blanching would work)
- 1/4 cup broth/stock or water (I used water since I didn’t have any broth, but broth/stock would be more flavorful)
- 4 sprays of Braggs liquid amino, optional
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Pre-heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook till translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add greens and water and cook till wilted, about 5-6 minutes.
- Spray in Braggs, add apple cider vinegar and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute to bring flavors together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with BBQ tempeh (recipe follows).
Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe Ingredients
This is one of my all-time favorite ways to use tempeh. It’s just so easy and perfect for my busy work day dinners, generally busy weeknights, or work from home lunches. You only need two basic ingredients to make this Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe.
I’m a huge fan of tempeh because it’s closer to whole foods than many vegetarian and vegan protein options out there. And as a flexitarian, I love to eat mostly plant-based these days.
Whole soybeans are formed into a cake through a fermentation process. So it has a nice, hearty texture.
Perfect for flexitarians or meat eaters wanting to reduce their meat consumption. This is also great for your plant-based diet.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – probiotics! Although tempeh is a fermented food, it doesn’t necessarily retain the probiotics since the tempeh is typically cooked and can also be lost during pasteurization it sometimes goes through.
Tempeh does have prebiotics, which is a type of fiber that can help probiotics support your gut health.
You’ll need an entire block of tempeh to make this recipe. But you can easily multiply it if you’re entertaining or feeding a crowd.
Tip / Optional Step: I skipped this steaming step because this is a lazy recipe for me. But if you want to remove the bitter taste that tempeh can sometimes have, you can steam the tempeh pieces for 8 minutes. Do this before the marinate step. Simply prepare a pot for steaming by adding about an inch of water to the bottom and bringing it to a boil. Add your tempeh to a steamer basket, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and steam for 8 minutes.
Any type of BBQ sauce will do here. You can make your favorite homemade barbecue sauce recipe or use your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce.
Switching up the BBQ sauce you use is a really easy way to take this simple recipe and give it many flavor variations.
I snacked on tortilla chips whilst whipping this dish up. Before serving, I used some smaller broken pieces to garnish the top. Pretty and tasty!
How to Make This Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe in 3 Simple Steps
This is one of my favorite healthy recipes to make because it’s just so easy. I truly make this when I’m feeling lazy but want to eat something healthy still.
- Cut tempeh into short strips, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Add tempeh to a bowl and lightly cover with BBQ sauce, turning until all pieces are well coated. Marinate for 5-10 minutes.
- Cook with a little oil over medium heat until tempeh is warmed through and just golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side. Note: I would avoid medium-high heat because the tempeh may burn before it’s warmed through.
The end result is perfectly golden brown with a delicious savory-sweet flavor.
See the recipe card below for details.
Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe Variations
Here are some ideas for variations for this Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe
- BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches: Try adding pieces of this BBQ tempeh to a toasted bun or bread to make BBQ tempeh sandwiches.
- BBQ Tempeh Sliders: Similar to the above idea, but use smaller buns, rolls, or cut up pieces of bread to make them BBQ Tempeh Sliders.
- Baked BBQ Tempeh: Put marinated tempeh pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, flipping once halfway.
- BBQ Tempeh Bowl: Add cooked BBQ tempeh over rice and add your favorite side and favorite toppings to make this a bowl-style meal.
Any way you whip this up…Enjoy!
Best Side Dishes to Go with This Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe
This BBQ tempeh is very versatile and can go with any number of sides.
Here are some side dishes that would go well with this Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe:
- Tangy Power Greens (recipe above)
- Homemade Potato Salad
- Quick Summer Squash Sauté Recipe
- Sesame Ginger Snow Peas Recipe
- Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Shallots Recipe
- Simple Sautéed Radishes Recipe
- Steamed green beans
Sometimes I like having simple brown rice as the side. Since the tempeh is pretty flavorful, I’ll sometimes put a bite of tempeh with some rice on a fork and let the flavors mesh together. Gotta love a good Clueless reference too!
Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 2 1x
This Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe couldn’t be simpler. The flavor is best when combined with homemade BBQ sauce, but the bottled kind will work just as well. This is the easiest way I’ve ever prepared tempeh before, and it packs a lot of flavor with very little effort. Talk about high ROI! Gluten-free options are available for all ingredients – check the labels when you’re grocery shopping.
- 1 8-ounce package of tempeh, sliced to make short strips, 1/4 inch thick
- 1 cup homemade BBQ sauce, click to see which one I used (or sub bottled BBQ)
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- Combine tempeh and BBQ sauce in a bowl. Gently stir to coat all sides of tempeh slices. Marinate for 5-10 minutes (while you prep the greens for the previous recipe)
- Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add tempeh and cook till each side is golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side.
- Serve with Tangy Power Greens (previous recipe). Enjoy!
Time-saving tip: Marinate the tempeh while you prep the greens for the previous recipe.
Note: Feel free to marinate your tempeh longer for extra flavor – from 1 hour to overnight.
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More Tempeh Recipes You May Like
- Teriyaki Tempeh Bowls
- Green Curry Tempeh Bowl with Green Peas
- Maple Dijon Baked Tempeh
- Vegetarian (or Vegan) Tempeh Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
- Tangy Tamari Tempeh Noodles Recipe
More Greens Recipes
- Kale Chips – plus my tips on how to make these successfully
- Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie
- Kale, Sweet Potato, Lentil Soup
- Chicken, Barley, Swiss Chard Soup
Click here for 10 easy kale recipes
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31 thoughts on “Easy BBQ Tempeh Recipe and Tangy Power Greens Recipe *VIDEO*”
You definitely make tempeh look good in these pics 🙂
Wow, BBQ tempeh–what an awesome idea! Looks great, I would love this for lunch.
Yes! It makes an awesome lunch! 🙂
Mmm this sounds delicious! This is definitely a meal that my meat loving boyfriend would eat up too 🙂
This lunch doesn’t look lazy at all, it looks absolutely beautiful! Gourmet, even. Love it!!
Aww thanks Megan! 🙂
I made these recipes this weekend and they were SO easy and came out amazing! I never know what to do with tempeh, but bbq-ing it and pairing it with these delish greens was perfect! LOVE. Thanks!!!
Wonderful! Thank YOU so much for the fun feedback. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the dish! 🙂
thanks for the mention! 🙂
JUST made this, it was delicious! I made it for dinner so I added some smashed potatoes underneath the greens. It was all amazing! Thanks 🙂
I heard that tempeh should be pre-steamed to get rid of its bitter flavor. Is that necessary here? Is the bitter flavor noticeable in this recipe? I’ve never cooked with tempeh before, but your recipe seems so easy and delicious – I’m excited to try:)
Hi Leslie, I do normally steam the tempeh before proceeding with the rest of the cooking. But, I truly was feeling lazy the day I made this. Lol! So, I decided to see if it would taste okay if I skipped that step. I actually thought it tasted really good still. I’m not sure if it’s just because the BBQ sauce is so flavorful, that perhaps it helps mask any bitterness. It wouldn’t hurt to steam it first if you really wanted to, though. 🙂 Diana
I’ve tried tempeh before and it was ok, but this recipe turned out amazing!! I only made the tempeh part and I will definitely be making it again!!
I tried your homemade bbq recipe in combination with this tempeh recipe. One word = DIVINE. I will be making this again! Thanks so much.