Tempeh & Potato Tacos with Roasted Poblano Peppers

This super easy recipe is packed with flavor, thanks to the roasted poblano peppers, potatoes cooked in cumin, and fresh lime juice.

Tempeh & Potato Tacos

  • 3 poblano peppers, cut in half with seeds and veins removed
  • 3 red potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 cup tempeh, cut into small cubes
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • tortillas
  1. Roast the poblano peppers. There’s a couple of way to do this. The best is over an open flame. But, if you don’t have a gas stove, they can be roasted at 450° in the over or under the broiler. I roasted them in the oven so I could work on the potatoes and other ingredients while they cooked. What ever method you choose, roast them until the skin bubbles and then throw them in a bowl and cover it tightly for 5 minutes. Doing so will make skinning them much easier. While the veggies are cooking, remove the skin from the peppers and then cut into small cubes. Set aside.
  2. Cook the potatoes. Peel and dice the potatoes. Add 3 tbs oil to a pan heated over medium-high heat. Toss the potatoes with cumin, coriander, cayenne and a pinch of salt and then add the potatoes to the pan. Cook until soft and the skin is browned and crunchy, stirring often, about 15 minutes. After the potatoes are cooked, move to a small plate and set aside.
  3. Saute the veggies. Add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook the onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, jalapeño, and tempeh. When the onion becomes translucent, add the lime juice and corn, and cook until the corn is heated.
  4. Assemble. Place a small amount of poblano on a tortilla, and then top with roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables, green onion, cilantro and avocado.

Nutrition Info

4 servings

Nutrition info will change depending on type of tortilla used. I used a small blue corn and flax seed tortilla.

Calories 280
Total Fat 11.2g
  Saturated Fat 1.9g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 2.0g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.7g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 93.9mg
Potassium 732.5mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.6
  Dietary Fiber 5.8g
  Sugar 5.7g
Protein 12.5g

Chocolate Vegan Muffins

After trying several store-bought, vegan-friendly bars with little luck (and some choking), I decided to make my own energy bars. I didn’t want the same old dry, nutty bars, so I started with one of my favorite base recipes, and then modified it slightly to pack in more energy. Any variety of flavors and extra nutrition can be added by simply mixing in nuts, berries, etc before baking. I divided the first batch into 3 variations: toasted walnuts, vegan chocolate chip, and just plain. These did not disappoint. In fact, to quote my buddy Ben W., “hate to admit it but that vegan creation was tasty!”

Chocolate Vegan MuffinsThe Recipe

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

This is really simple to put together:

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 12 muffin tins. Combine almond milk and vinegar in a small cup and set aside.
  2. Combine dry ingredients: Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and chia seeds in a medium-sized bowl, and stir to combine.
  3. Mix wet ingredients: Mash bananas until they are smooth–no lumps!. In a separate bowl, combine oils, nectar and vanilla. Add bananas and stir to combine, and then add in the almond milk/vinegar mixture and stir.
  4. Bring it all together: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Be careful to not over stir!
  5. Bake: Scope the mixture into 12 muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. A knife or toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean.

Make em better

These muffins are chocolatey with a slight banana flavor. Add in nuts and fruits for extra flavor and nutrition. In addition to walnuts and chocolate chips, I also stirred in 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed. That worked OK, but I’d like to try a batch without it.

Vegan Stew with Quinoa

Dinner tonight was a bit of a Vegan Challenge–not a lot left in the pantry or the fridge and too hungry/too tired for a trip to the grocery store. After pulling everything together, I started cooking without much direction: cook quinoa, saute onions, boil butternut squash and find other ingredients to finish it off. The result was much better than I anticipated.

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, chopped into 1/2 cubes
  • 2 cups Quinoa, cooked per package directions
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup navy beans, cooked (can use canned, any variety)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbps oil (I used grape seed)
  • dash (or two) red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cook quinoa.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with enough water to cover butternut squash and bring to a boil over high heat. Once water boils add a pinch of sea salt and then add butternut squash cubes. Cook 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water and then set aside. Rinse pan and set aside for use in step 6.
  3. While the butternut squash is boiling, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat, and then add onion and a pinch of salt, and cook until brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add ginger and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add garlic to onion mixture and cook 1 minute.
  6. Heat saucepan over high heat and then transfer onion mixture. Add in coconut milk, navy beans, tomatoes, and butternut squash. Cook until boiling, and then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  7. Serve by plating the quinoa and then topping with a portion of the stew mixture.

Serves 4

Quick & Easy Tempeh Burritos with Mango Salsa (Vegan)

tempeh burrito with mango salsaLast night was family game night, which used to mean taco night. But, ever since I started eating vegan, the normal taco recipe wasn’t an option. I wanted to create something that was flavorful enough for the boys to eat while still providing tons nutrition. I wheeled through the grocery store, grabbing ingredients that looked good. The results exceeded expectations! These burritos taste great and were ready in less than 30 minutes.

Vegan Burritos

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the Mango Salsa ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. When warm add the tempeh and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Add the Southwest Blend and salsa to the pan, and then reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Simmer 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  5. Assemble burritos by placing lettuce on tortilla and then topping with tempeh mixture, salsa, and condiments.
  6. Enjoy!

OMG! Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies

I ran across this recipe and had to share it! Big props to PaleOMG for getting serious with these brownies.

I know! Sweet potatoes and brownies don’t sound very good together. But trust me, these are unbelievable.

Sweet Potato Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Time to bake that sweet potato. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, use a fork to puncture holes all around it, then throw in the oven for 25-30 minutes. (I’m sure you could microwave it, but I like the ole fashioned way. I’m just so ole fashioned.)
  2. Once your sweet potato is soft and cooked through, peel off the skin and mash it up in a bowl. And turn your oven down to 350 degrees.
  3. Now add your wet ingredients: coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and whisked eggs to the bowl and mix together.
  4. Then add your dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips.
  5. Mix well to incorporate all that goodness.
  6. Pour into an 8×8 glass baking dish.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Let rest to cool a bit.

The Dirty Kanza 200: Focus

While the Dirty Kanza is still over 6 months away, it seems that everyone is already preoccupied with the event. Conversations about the race have come up on every group ride for the past two weeks. Those conversations continually include the same two questions: “is it really that difficult” and “do you think I could do it?”

The answer to both of those questions is a resounding YES! The Dirty Kanza isn’t just hard. It’s f-ing hard! It is the single hardest bike ride you will ever attempt. But, any person that really wants to finish can finish. The crucial factors are desire, training, and riding within your abilities.

http://xxcmag.com/Having recurring conversations on this topic have forced me to find words to describe the race. In the 3 race reports I’ve written, I always end up saying that words can’t describe the Dirty Kanza. That’s still true today. I still don’t have words to effectively describe the experience of grinding across the Kansas Flint Hills. But, in searching for ways to describe it, I came up with a way of explaining what to expect throughout the day.

The Dirty Kanza is typically broken into 4 sections, with checkpoints around miles 60, 100, 160, and then the finish. It dawned on me this weekend that CP1 is the easiest (shouldn’t be any surprise), and CP2 is the most difficult.

Start to CP1: Reaching CP1 is relatively easy—any trained bike rider can pedal 60 miles. But, how you get there determines how the rest of the day will go. Go too hard here and the day inevitably ends early.

CP1 to CP2: this section, for me any way, is the real test of the day. With the first 60 miles completed, reaching the mid-way point with a clear head and a working bike is the real challenge. It’s not that the section is any more difficult than the others, but rather the mental aspect of what’s ahead. The negative questions (“can I do this”) always seem to come during these miles. This past year, I rolled into the CP2 full of energy and ready for the rest of the day. The previous two years were a completely different story, though. Both times, I reached the second checkpoint concerned and questioning the rest of the day…and in both of those attempts, I ended up dropping out.

CP2 to CP3: I consider these the lonely miles. Be ready for miles on your own. Bring lots of music. Stop and take a few pictures.  Everyone is forced to ride his or her own pace after the first 100 miles. As a result, even those who planned to ride together seem to end up parting ways during this section.

CP3 to Finish: I may not be fully qualified to write about this section considering I’ve ridden it only 1 time. Then, I was fully energized and riding faster than I rode all day. I’d like to say that is what can be expected, but I’m more realistic than that. I had a great ride during the last section because I rode well under my threshold all day. But, there’s a big lesson in that! Stay focused throughout the day and the end comes easy.

The key ingredient for a successful DK200 is focus. You have to get your mind into the challenge of the day and you have to keep the negative thoughts away. A solid training plan, specific nutrition, and sharp appreciation of what’s ahead will help get you there. And, like I’ve told everyone that’s asked, if you’re thinking about trying the Dirty Kanza, you absolutely should! Sign up, train hard, and go for it!