A frugal and meatless lunch with tempeh
I’m quite pleased with my lunches… in my eyes they are nutritious, tasty, substantial, meatless, mostly organic and cholesterol free. Oh and did I mention that they usually come in at around $3?
When I used to eat meat and cheese I was much heavier and possibly lazier, as quite often I’d drive to the nearest store during my lunch break at work and pick up a large non-organic salad with cheese and bacon over the top and of course a creamy sachet of greek feta cheese dressing. It tasted good but calorie and cholesterol wise it sucked, and the price, if my distant memory serves me correctly, was around $8. Not good for a single mom on an impossibly tight budget…
Turning vegan, nearly a year ago, was quite a challenge. Challenging in the way that it was still important to me that my food should remain stimulating and tasty yet healthier and lower in calories. It is harder to overeat as a vegan if you are eating mostly fresh vegetables, pulses, beans and wholefoods…
I pushed the proverbial boat out today and added an extra ZING to my vegan lunch and made myself a huge, mostly organic, GMO free salad for $3.50. At the moment I am worshipping at the feet of the “Tempeh” God, especially the smoky bacon flavoured variety, which I use as a substitute for bacon, sparingly. It’s a great source of protein and iron too…
Two generous handfuls of organic spinach, 5 organic grape tomatoes, a few slices of organic cucumber, a small sweet potato, a teaspoon of organic dairy free margarine on the potato, a sprinkling of Daiya dairy free cheese, a little vinegar dressing and finally two slices of Tempeh, heated and chopped over the top for that bacon flavour most vegans find hard to not think about from time to time..
It was DELICIOUS and nutritious and came in under 500 calories and was pretty easy on the wallet..
Give TEMPEH a try.. it’s fab!
PS I got mine from Atlantic Superstore in the natural food section in the fridge. It’s $4.49 for 16 slices and less than 400 calories for the whole packet which is enough to feed 4 people.
PPS I bought what was left of it up (apart from one packet)… SORRY!