BBQ Tempeh Bowl w/ Ranch Dressing


BBQ Tempeh Bowl w/ Ranch Dressing

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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


Veggie 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)

Protein Serving

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)

Maintenanceย Modifications

  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  1. Chop the veggies to prepare them for roasting.
  2. 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 sautรฉ 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.
  3. Prepare greens, either raw or cooked. I steam mine for a couple of minutes in a steamer basket.
  4. Make the ranch dressing if you haven’t already.
  5. Bake the tempehย 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.

To Serve:

  1. Weigh out your veggies. Briefly steam the greens if desired, or eat raw greens.
  2. Add the protein and up to 2 oz of sauerkraut on top.
  3. Dress with 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe) of the ranch dressing.
  4. Garnish with salt and pepper.






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  1. Katie, do you have a recipe for sugar free ketchup.. >

    • I do! I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do I will post about it. If you want to try it for me and let me know, here it is:
      – 20 oz can of tomatoes
      – 5.5 oz can tomato paste
      – 1 onion
      – 1/4 cup white vinegar
      – 2 tsp salt
      – 1/4 tsp ground cloves
      – pepper
      Simmer everything for 20 minutes and then puree until very smooth.

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