Tempeh bolognese

Happy Saturday everyone! Even though it’s rainy out, I’m feeling pretty chipper because I met my friend for tea this morning, I got in a good run, and I finally got to shower for the first time in 3 days!

My exams not only got in the way of my hygiene schedule, but they also got in the way of my posting schedule too. I’m still catching up from Tuesday when I made a tempeh Bolognese for dinner.

Usually I like to find recipes to follow, but lately I’ve been trying out my own creations in the kitchen. One of my most recent recipe creations was this tempeh bolognese, which is a vegan twist on the classic meat sauce. It was delicious!

Try this tempeh bolognese for a vegan twist on the classic pasta dish - you won't miss the meat!

Tempeh Bolognese
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Try this tempeh bolognese for a vegan twist on the classic pasta dish - you won't miss the meat!
Yield: 3-4 servings
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 block of tempeh (250 g)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 sweet green pepper, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 12-15 mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cans (28 fl. oz each) of whole tomatoes
  • 1.5 tsp oregano
  • 1.5 tsp basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few handfuls of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  1. Heat up the olive oil in a large pot and then add the onions and saute over low heat.
  2. Lightly grind the tempeh in a large food processor to break it into chunks, then brown it in a pot with the onions.
  3. Add the green pepper and zucchini, and cook until they soften, then add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until the mushrooms soften. Make sure not to burn the garlic!
  4. Then process the cans of tomatoes in a food processor until chunky, and add to the pot along with spices, salt and pepper. Let simmer to thicken,
  5. Add fresh basil at the end of cooking, then serve the sauce over your favourite pasta noodle.

This was a perfect meal for my run the next day. Pasta is my number one favourite running food! Oatmeal makes a close second, so I had it for my pre-run breakfast in an almost empty soy nut butter jar. That’s the second jar of nut butter I’ve polished off this month!

In the jar is banana oatmeal made with chia seeds, almond milk, and cinnamon. It almost all didn’t fit, so I had to have my toppings of granola and berries on the side!

I was feeling in the mood for an easier run, so I took it at a comfortable pace and took a few walking breaks. So I was really surprised when I looked down at my watch at the end and saw that I had still done 3 miles in less than 30 minutes!

That’s my pace on the treadmill without any walking breaks. I can’t believe how much faster I am outside!

I don’t like to have bulky salads too close before a run so I love having them after. Preferably with lots of veggies, some sort of protein (like this Yves veggie burger), and some toast on the side!

Funny story about this meal: as I was taking these pictures, my neighbour (who can see right into the window) saw me, stared for a second, and then shut his curtains. Awkward! I’m sure he’s seen me taking pictures before and probably thinks I’m a major nut! He’s probably right.

Favourite pre-run meals?

Any awkward stories about being a food blogger?


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19 Responses to Tempeh bolognese

  1. Tempeh bolognese sounds fantastic! And I love your overflowing OIAJ. I'm sure people have seen me taking foodie photos too!! Too funny.

  2. I always crave smoothies after a run – anything cold for that matter. Haha. Maybe it's the people who DON'T take pics of their food that are the weird ones ;)

  3. haha today i was eating at whole foods and i was took a long time taking pics of my food and that was kind of embarassing! haha. when i was studying abroad in italy my host family thought it was very amusing and highly hilarious that i brought my camera to the dinner table!!this isnt a pre-run meal but just as pre-exercise fuel i love dried figs with almond butter

  4. I've gotten over the fact that people think I'm crazy for taking pictures of my food. I literally stand on top of my picnic table out back while my neighbors are looking on.

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  6. Haha ah that is too funny!Nice run girl, I was super lazy today and did nothing…oh well there is always tomorrow :-)This recipe looks fantastic, I have never thought to use tempeh like that!

  7. mmm veg burger and salad. So good. I definitely startled my neighbors when I went out to take pictures on the front porch. They were setting up for a potluck. They asked me if I wanted to bring the food over, which was nice, but awkward, because I'm pretty sure it was a family event.

  8. Nice run, I also run faster outdoors…probably because I'm focusing more on the scenery than how tired I am ha! I run first thing so preferably on an empty stomach. If I wake up hungry, nak'd bars (uk equiv to) or banana with pb are my go-to foods. However, I have 3 hours to digest before my run later so my pre-run meal will be oatmeal pancakes.

  9. Not meal but snack fo' me: nut butter stuffed date :)I've had a few awkward blogger moments with photographing food so I've stopped!

  10. I've never had tempeh before but that bolognese looks delish! I try to be sneaky about taking pictures of my food but sometimes it just doesn't work haha Love your oiaj!! Is that a small jar? Mine never come out flowering like that! So much volume :D

  11. Meg

    Pay no mind to those who don't respect food bloggers ;) haha!That tempeh looks amazing, I used to LOVE eating tempeh, haven't had it in so long!

  12. Great job on that run!! So funny about your neighbor. I haven't had anything like that happen to me…yet! I'm sure I'll have a story soon though!

  13. Awkward moment: asking the waitress to take five pictures of my friends and I at dinner because it was "really important." She didn't quite get why…

  14. Hahahah oh my goodness, I can only imagine what kind of a nut your neighbor thinks you are!! (and people totally think that about all bloggers who take pictures of food!) no shame:) Congrats finishing in under 30 even with your walking breaks though girl! That's great! and your oats in a jar are realllly tempting me right now, I might just have to make some:)

  15. ahaha, I think your neighbor should be more embarrassed. you totally caught him looking in your window. i don't think i have any awkward food blogger moments, though. i'm sure my neighbor's seen me photographing food in the summer outside, though!the tempeh bolognese looks awesome!! i love pasta, too :]

  16. Haha happens to me all the time! We live near a school so kids are always getting off the bus during my photo sesh…and seeing ME

  17. That bolognese sounds delicious! So funny about your neighbor. My old roommate used to think I was nuts taking so many photos of my food.

  18. My boyfriend would always think it was strange I was taking photos of my meals! (Although now he's so used to it!!)xoJocelyn

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