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Tempeh Burrito w/Creamy Almond Sauce


Oh, yum. This Vegan Tempeh Burrito is fantastic. It's packed with tempeh and brown rice and covered with a creamy almond sauce. Perfect for any meal of the day. I think you're going to love it too.

Vegan Tempeh Burrito

This vegan burrito was created for brunch last Sunday, and I instantly thought you guys might like it.

Jeff and I love to visit a cute little restaurant in Lake Tahoe that serves the tastiest tempeh wrap—it's so moist and juicy. That was definitely what I had in mind when whipping this burrito up.

A package of tempeh

When you buy packaged tempeh, it's already pre-cooked. You can actually eat it as is!

But don't do that.   ;)

You'll want to simmer it in about a cup or two of veggie broth to not only make your tempeh more moist but more flavorful too because the broth seeps into the tempeh to add to its deliciousness. You can also steam your tempeh before using it further in your cooking.

Whether simmering or steaming, the tempeh will relax so it can accept more flavors, especially helpful when marinating.

Having cooked brown rice (or another cooked whole grain or pseudocereal) on hand is a smart idea because it allows you to get your meals on the table lickety-split-like.   :)

Years ago I discovered the mesmerizing effect sauces have on vegan meals. There's nothing worse than boring vegan food! But sauces have to be not only tasty but healthy too so you can feel good about making them—and eating them! The sauce drizzled over this burrito definitely fits that description.

Without further ado, here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Vegan Tempeh Burrito w/Creamy Almond Sauce
Serves 2

Filling:
8 ounces organic tempeh, cut into large cubes
1 cup veggie broth
1 cup cooked brown rice, or rice of choice
Onion powder, to taste
Organic Tamari soy sauce, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sauce:
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup water
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 Tablespoon organic Tamari soy sauce
1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
You will also need:
2 large tortillas (I like spelt)
1/2 ripe avocado (optional, but recommended)
Salsa (optional, but recommended)

Step 1: Place veg broth in a saucepan along with the cubed tempeh. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat, and simmer for 20 minutes to thoroughly heat the tempeh so it softens and accepts more flavors.

Chunks of tempeh boiling in vegetable broth

Step 2: Drain the tempeh and add rice to the pot along with remaining filling ingredients, and stir carefully to combine. Keep warm.

While the tempeh cooks, place sauce ingredients in a strong blender, and blend until completely smooth. (If your blender is not very powerful, you can grind the almonds first, and then add to the blender with the remaining ingredients.)

Step 3:Warm sauce gently in a small saucepan. This step may be skipped—room temperature sauce will work nicely too. The decision is yours.

Step 4: Gently warm tortillas to your liking (you can microwave for 30-45 seconds). Place on a plate. Add 1/2 the filling down the center of tortilla and roll tightly. Pour almond sauce (to taste) over burrito in a zigzag motion. Dollop with salsa and avocado. Repeat with the remaining tortilla. (if you have leftover sauce, refrigerate.)

Here's what it looked like after getting scarfed a bit. It's FANTASTIC. Believe me, it tastes MUCH better than it looks.    :)

Vegan Tempeh Burrito

Happy cooking!


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