Tempeh Takeover! (When husbands invade kitchens…)

13 Nov

I awoke this morning to the tantalizing sounds of something sizzling in the kitchen.  There was a subtle aroma in the air of….curry?  On Saturday morning?  What was going on?

As it turns out, it was a Husband Take Over day in my kitchen.  Having woken up earlier than me, my husband was in the mood for pancakes.  But pancakes require several ingredients, accurate measurements, and possibly even reading a recipe.  Too much for a Saturday morning, I’m sure!  So instead, he dug around in the refrigerator and found tempeh and Tofurky Kielbasa sausages — totally protein-centered “man” foods (in a vegan household).

I have to admit, my husband is very good at pulling together random ingredients without recipes and measurements.  It is truly a treat when he cooks, because it is bound to be good with much less effort than I usually need.  He also has the uncanny ability to complete everything in one pot with one spatula, and no need for a pile of dishes.  He probably should have his own blog called “The Vegan’s Husband” or something like that.

The food was pretty much ready when I came into the kitchen, but my husband described his creation as follows:

First, he cut the tempeh block into two inch strips, and the kielbasa diagonally.  Then he started to sautee scallions and garlic (both were precut in containers I had in the fridge).  Next, he added the tempeh and let that cook gradually.  Then he added about two tablespoons of curry powder (this is his estimate — he just winged it) and about 10 sprays of Bragg’s Amino Acids (it was the smaller spray bottle.  He said it was “enough to form a puddle in the bottom of the pan.”  He continued to sautee the tempeh in these seasonings for a few minutes before adding the sausage.  Then he said he just “kept stirring to keep it from sticking,” and occasionally added a little bit of water for the same reason.  He still wanted some sweetness, however, so he also squirted about 1 tablespoon of agave nectar and gave the mixture a few more stirs before serving it.


It certainly was delicious, and I was grateful for the break from cooking!

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  1. Pecan Tofu Lima Bean Rice Salad? (When Husbands Invade Kitchens, part 2) « Jerseyveganchick's Blog - November 19, 2010

    […] do love to cook, but I will admit that he can assemble the most interesting meals, such as in the Tempeh Takeover! I blogged about earlier this […]

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