My book,Recipes for Your Perfectly Imperfect Life, is filled with practical tips for living a happy and fulfilling life. It’s also loaded with amazing food recipes, like the one I am sharing with you today – my Tempeh Taco “Meat” Salad recipe.
Perfectly Imperfect focuses on teaching how a healthier mind and body can give you the strength to Feel Good and beautiful in your unique body, get on track for eating well, overcome self- doubt and feel confident. It includes practical tools, tips and illustrative personal anecdotes on overcoming body shame, letting go of patterns of emotional drama, restoring self-worth, getting past comparison, toxic social media habits and treating unhealthy relationships with food (this one hits home for a lot of us, I know, including me!).
I wrote this book shortly after my mom passed (within 3 days of my son turning one), as I worked to heal myself on many levels… I’ve been through eating disorders and am a recovering perfectionist myself. This book is truly written from my heart, with the mission of helping you connect with your true value, after all these years of finally finding it within myself.
It also includes over 100 delicious, healing new food recipes! Feeling Good naturally leads to looking good, in a deeper way that taps into our wholeness and a level of peace from simply being comfortable with our perfectly imperfect selves.
Now, onto my delicious Tempeh Taco “Meat” Salad recipe!
My Tempeh Taco “Meat” Salad is complete enough to serve as a whole meal. It is both meat and dairy-free, yet has all the creamy and dense protein textures of a traditional Mexican salad. The deliciousness is there, with the added bonus that it’s supportive to our bodies.
This recipe is loaded with plant-based protein, minerals, fiber and more. It also doesn’t have any of the congestive blocking qualities. Now that is a supersalad!
Note: There will be plenty of cashew sour cream left over after you are done using it on your Tempeh Taco “Meat Salad”. It’s easier to make this by blending a larger quantity. Save the extra cashew sour cream for a veggie dip or even a thicker salad dressing. It will keep, refrigerated, for up to a week.
Tempeh Taco "Meat" Salad (sneak peek recipe from my NEW book! :) )
Make the cashew sour cream: In a blender, combine the cashews, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and 1/3 cup of water. Blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 1 minute; add a tablespoon or two of water if necessary. Refrigerate the dressing while making the rest of the Tempeh Taco Meat Salad.
In a skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Use your hands to crumble the tempeh into small pieces and add it to the skillet. Cook until it begins to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, and spices to the pan, along with 1/3 cup of water. Stir the mixture to evenly coat the tempeh with the spices. Continue to cook until the water is completely absorbed and the tempeh is brown and gets crispy on the edges. Do this for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
While the tempeh cooks, toss the romaine in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and tomato.
To serve, divide the salad evenly among four bowls, and top each with one-fourth of the tempeh mixture, avocado slices, and cilantro.