Tempeh Taco Salad

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I know, I know…

It’s been a hella long time since I posted anything vegan on here. Laziness is really the excuse.

Now that’s out of the way, lol, let me talk to you about a recipe I just found – tempeh tacos.

I noticed a lot of vegan recipes use a lot of the same ingredients – tofu, tempeh, and jackfruit – in various forms. While it might be exciting at first, after a while, you’re wondering if you’re going to have the same ol’, same ol.

Oh Tempeh!

Enter a tempeh taco salad.

Tbh, this originally was supposed to be tempeh tacos but somewhere along the line either I said eff it or I was about to do tacos but kept snacking on the tempeh mixture. #fatgirlproblems

I created my own homemade guacamole using just avocados, tomatoes, lime, ┬ásalt, and pepper. Yeah, that’s it. Sometimes you just need the basics without the B.S.

I followed this recipe for the tempeh mixture. It’s real simple to make. Buyer beware: the recipe does call for soy sauce so if you have a soy allergy, you might want to either skip this or look for an alternative.

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This is not a pretty picture but this came out so darn good!

Most of all, this recipe was a big hit with the hubby. We’re both not vegans, but we love to eat a lot of plant-based food and go meatless several times a week. He really found this to be delicious. Bear didn’t care for it, but he’s also a rather picky five year old so I have to figure out another alternative for him when we do meatless dishes.

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What are your favorite tempeh recipes?




Vegan Restaurant Review – Sage Vegan Bistro in Pasadena, CA.

Getting back to doing reviews of vegan recipes, products, and local restaurants, I decided to try Sage Vegan that’s located pretty close to me in the great city of Pasadena. You know about Pasadena, right? Home of the Rose Bowl, the Granddaddy of Them All, Rose Bowl Parade, and all sorts of goodness.

Even though Sage wasn’t that far from me, it took me forever to find it! It’s located in a little nook between blocks. In other words, GPS ain’t gon’ help you unless you get out of your car and walk.

Once I arrived, I was greeted and seated very quickly. I pursued the menu and honestly, everything looked delicious:



They also had a pretty respectable drink selection, too:


Since it was the middle of the day, I opted not to drink so I chose a rather interest $8 Strawberry Lemonade. Yes, you read that right – I paid $8 for a strawberry lemonade and I’m trying to figure out why.


At least my water came in a spiffy looking bottle:


So, I ordered a small appetizer and I chose the tempeh avocado burger. First, the Brussels sprouts with the fake cheese:


The sprouts were rather plain. No pepper, no sea salt. I guess that was intentional so people could just dip them into the nut sauce. The sauce was great but the sprouts could’ve used more seasoning. The sauce was supposed to be spicy (maybe white people spicy, idk) but it wasn’t spicy at all.


My tempeh avocado burger was pretty good. The fries were good too, though, they stuck together.


I know it doesn’t seem like it’s that appealing, but trust, fam…it was hella good.

Overall, it was great service and great food. I’m not entirely sure if it’s something I would have often because fam…look at my bill:


Maybe next time, I’ll just get the burger instead and definitely not the lemonade because I’m still trying to figure out how in the hell a strawberry lemonade costs that damn much.

Overall, it was a great restaurant and I do recommend it if you’re in the Pasadena area and want some vegan and plant-based food. Just be prepared to shell out some dough.