BBQ Tempeh Bowl w/ Ranch Dressing
If you already have BBQ Sauce and Ranch Dressing made, this meal takes about 30 minutes. If you don’t, it is more intensive and takes about 1 hour. But that work will pay off because this meal is easy to make in larger batches. I made 4 meals at once, one for dinner and 3 for the week’s work lunches.
Each Serving Contains:
- 1 Veggie Serving (adjust quantity to your individual food plan)
- 1 Protein Seving
- 1 Fat Serving
- Mix of Greens (I like Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch Mix)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Carrots or Delicata Squash (or if you have grain on your food plan, omit this and use sweet potato instead)
- 4 oz 15-Minute BBQ Tempeh
- Plant-Based Ranch Dressing (1/4 of this recipe makes 1 fat serving)
Condiments & Spices
- BBQ Sauce (I make my own using this recipe because it’s almost impossible to find BBQ sauce without sweetener)
- Sauerkraut (less than 2 oz)
- Grain Additions: Add roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes.
- Protein Additions: Add more tempeh!
- Fat Additions: Add more dressing, avocado, or roast the veggies in more oil.
An Hour Ahead:
- Make the BBQ sauce if you haven’t already. For this recipe, you can skip the part about simmering the BBQ sauce on the stove to thicken it.
- Begin marinating the tempeh in the BBQ sauce for at least 30 minutes. I do this overnight if possible, or I keep a container of tempeh marinating indefinitely in the fridge.
- Chop the veggies to prepare them for roasting.
- In a 400 degree oven, begin roasting the veggies (and potatoes if on maintenance) with a light spray of oil, salt, and pepper. You could also steam or sauté the veggies if you don’t want to use oil. Many of us use a tiny bit of oil for roasting veggies and don’t count it as part of their fat serving, but not everyone chooses to do that. Do what brings you peace.
- Prepare greens, either raw or cooked. I steam mine for a couple of minutes in a steamer basket.
- Make the ranch dressing if you haven’t already.
- Bake the tempeh on a sheet of parchment paper for 10-15 minutes in the same oven. Brush on a little more BBQ sauce at the end if desired.
- Weigh out your veggies. Briefly steam the greens if desired, or eat raw greens.
- Add the protein and up to 2 oz of sauerkraut on top.
- Dress with 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe) of the ranch dressing.
- Garnish with salt and pepper.