Meatless Monday: Spicy Asparagus and Tempeh Recipe

Spicy Asparagus and TempehWhat a cold, wet few days we had last week in Colorado Springs! Although it’s July, it felt like I should have been getting ready to watch the Georgia Bulldawgs kick off for the football season. The other night when I got home from work, I pulled out my flannel PJ bottoms and my Our Hen House sweatshirt from the back of the closet and sported them around the house because I was so cold. If I owned a snuggie, you better believe I would’ve had that on too! That night I made veggie chili, which is usually a staple around this house in the fall and winter months.

I also revamped a stir fry recipe on a stormy night last week. My oldest sister has always said she likes Asian food best when it’s cold out which I thought was an odd thing to say until I realized last week that I felt the same way. We’re more alike than I had thought!

The Spicy Asparagus and Tempeh recipe came out of the recipe vault several months ago when I had bought asparagus and had no idea what to do with it. I remembered I had made this recipe years ago and somehow found it online again (thanks, Google!).

This time when I made it, I wrote down some notes on how I changed it. This has become a very rare thing for me to do, which is why I haven’t posted any recipes in a long time. It’s my goal to start doing Meatless Mondays posts again – maybe not every week, but at least once a month.

Here’s my version of this Spicy Asparagus and Tempeh recipe. I also think you could add broccoli to this dish and it would turn out pretty good. I hope you enjoy it, and hopefully it doesn’t take a cold, stormy night for you to make it!

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Spicy Asparagus and Tempeh


1 bunch asparagus spears
3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid amino acids
1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons oil, divided (sesame or olive oil)
1 (8-ounce) package multigrain tempeh, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms (shiitake or baby bella)
1 small onion, chopped in large pieces
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 cup wild grain rice, uncooked


In a pot, mix one cup of rice with two cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer until all of the water has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, snap off tough ends of asparagus. Cut spears diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Set aside.

Combine vegetable broth, amino acids, and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tempeh, and stir-fry 4 to 5 minutes or until golden. Remove tempeh from pan; set aside.

Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in same pan. Add garlic, red pepper, asparagus, red bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms to pan, and stir-fry 5-10 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Add broth mixture; bring to a boil, and cook 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Add tempeh, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve over rice.

This recipe originated on My Recipes and can be found here

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