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Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Q: What inspired you to create this particular recipe?

Lettuce wraps are always one of my favorite things to order at Asian restaurants that have a vegetarian version on the menu. The crisp, refreshing lettuce is such a great vessel for the savory, spicy fillings – for me they are truly love at first bite.

Q: There are a number of ingredients often found in Chinese meals. Is that a big part of what you were shooting for?

My goal is to create the best flavors possible, and also to introduce new and interesting ingredients to people. In this dish, I included fermented black beans because they’re traditional in Chinese cuisine, and quite delicious. You can definitely leave them out though and the dish will still be great.

Q: Did you choose tempeh because it’s a rich source of protein and fiber or for its nutritional benefits? It’s a great substitute for meat, right?

Yes, and yes. Tempeh is a great source of plant protein, and it has a “meaty” texture to make you feel like you’re having a hearty meal. Also, tempeh is wonderful because it can take on so many different flavor profiles, so you can really get creative with how you prepare it.

Q: What does this particular mix of ingredients do for both taste and nutrition?

Starting with aromatics like garlic, shallot, and ginger is a surefire way to infuse delicious flavors into your dish. These ingredients also have fantastic health benefits, such as having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

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Sesame Pickled Cucumber

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Q: If you were trying to convince someone that they absolutely must try this recipe, what would you say?

This cucumber is a perfect accompaniment to the Tempeh Lettuce Wraps, so I definitely recommend making both of them. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

Q: Describe the various flavors in this accompaniment dish?

Sweet, sour, and sesame.

Q: Where do you buy Ume plum vinegar?

Any major health food store. It’s a really fantastic ingredient, and has sort of a lemony and salty flavor.

Mango Pineapple Milkshake

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Q: Is this the ultimate in delicious nutrition or what?

We all deserve to treat ourselves now and then, and this milkshake is a perfect way to do it without compromising our health and diet.

Q: Why Thai Kitchen Organic Lite Coconut Milk? Is Thai Kitchen better than other brands?

It’s readily available at almost all health food stores, and most major grocers, and it’s organic.

Q: Do you recommend this shake as a meal substitute or drinking it with a meal?

For me personally it’s a dessert or treat to be enjoyed on its own. I don’t recommend drinking a fruit smoothie with a big meal, because it can be tough on digestion and cause gas.

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  1. Timothy Koch June 25, 2015

    You can work with Chef Richard and learn how to make a plethora of delicious gourmet dishes at the Hallelujah Diet Lifestyle Center in Lake Lure North Carolina! Just sign up for our next Raw Gourmet Living Class in October 4-9. Chef Richard, Anita and Tim are looking forward to hosting you for a fun filled week of gourmet food preparation. See you then!

  2. Hi
    I have read many places that soy products are not good for post menopausal women and have eliminated it from my diet.
    Soy is also GMO and sprayed with pesticides, another reason not to eat it.
    Your feedback is appreciated.

    • There are some negative aspects of soy that needs to be taken into account.

      1. Most soy is genetically modified so the plants can withstand being sprayed with Roundup to kill the weeds without damaging the plant itself.
      2. Unfermented soy is an estrogen mimicker. This means that it could negatively impact someone’s hormones.
      3. Fermented soy has different properties. It has been not been found to present the same issues in the the fermented form.
      4. People should use little if any unfermented soy because of the potential to impact their hormones
      5. The biggest problem is all of the commercially processed soy products that are now on the market.
      6. I little soy prepared properly shouldn’t have any negative health impact.

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