Sweet Potato and Tempeh, Together Again + Broccoli Quiche!

Sweet potatoes and tempeh have always been two of my favorite foods, but recently (starting with my Sesame Scrambled Tempeh and Kale with Sweet Potatoes), I’ve begun to realize that the only thing better than tempeh or sweet potatoes are tempeh and sweet potatoes together. So, to continue the trend, of course I had to make the Sweet & Sour Chipotle Tempeh with Sweet Potatoes from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan! This guy’s been bookmarked forever, so it’s about time!

This dish is absolutely loaded with good stuff in addition to the tempeh and sweet taters, like pineapple and bell peppers! Also, be warned, the recipe title does not lie – the sauce really is sweet (among its many ingredients are 1/4 cup unrefined sugar, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup ketchup, and 1 tsp molasses, and that’s coupled with pineapple and sweet potatoes). My dad and I thought it was great, but it was a little too much for my mom. I think next time I might knock the sugar down a tiny bit, but only a tiny bit – it is supposed to be “sweet and sour” after all!

I served it, as Dreena suggests, alongside some Coconut-Lime Basmati Rice, also from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. Sprinkled with cashew bits:

The rice is great – simple enough to yield to the bolder flavors of the entrée, but the coconut milk and lime juice/zest give it just enough character to give it a presence as a side dish.

Next up, my first eggless quiche (or maybe my first quiche, for that matter)! I made the Classic Broccoli Quiche from Vegan Brunch to serve as my family’s breakfast–or lunch, or dinner, or midmorning snack–throughout the week. I followed the recipe to a tee, except for adding a little extra turmeric for maximum egg color-replication power! Bow chicka bow bow! I used a Wholly Wholesome whole-wheat pie crust instead of making my own (the same crust I used for my Peanut Butter-Carob-Cookie Dough Pie, actually!) Oh, and I did add a significant amount of salt to taste, in case you give this quiche a go! Since Isa told me to, I decorated it with cherry tomatoes like a good girl.

Mmm, so delicious. I’ve definitely been quiche-deprived since going vegan. As it was in the oven, I wondered why Isa didn’t call for the same “eggy”-tasting black salt here that she calls for in her omelets. Don’t get me wrong – the quiche ended up being awesome as it was, and maybe black salt wouldn’t work well. But that said, I’d like to try it next time with some black salt and see if the addition would make it even more quiche-like. Gotta love experiments.

Look, the little tomato on top is as shriveled as the colons of all the omnivores who are eating nasty, egg-laden quiches.

Oh, did I mention that my sister and I whipped up Dreena’s Maple Banana Loaf a couple days ago? Oops! Because we definitely did!

Banana bread is probably my favorite–and most nostalgic because I always loved my mom’s growing up–baked good, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes so I can someday proclaim one of them to be the ultimate banana bread. The Lower-Fat Banana Bread from Veganomicon has always been my go-to, but this one was probably just as good (and had less fat: only 1 Tbs of oil!). Next time, I might make it without chocolate chips though so the maple flavor could really shine through because I didn’t think the bread actually tasted like maple. It was more like banana bread that happened to be sweetened with maple syrup, ya know? Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the very small portion that I allowed myself to have since I’m still trying to avoid gluten for the most part.

20 responses to “Sweet Potato and Tempeh, Together Again + Broccoli Quiche!

  1. Your food looks AMAZING!Oh and I'm making those wraps tomorrow for dinner! I can't wait =)

    • We lnreead about the GF Bisquick a couple of months ago and I’ve started using it more and more as the replacement for my regular GF flour. To me, it seems to act more like regular wheat flour in most of the things I make.

  2. You've got me thinking I need to order Dreena's book. That sweet tempeh dish looks fantastic!

  3. cardiovegsular

    my mom's banana bread was always my favorite treat too! i've been wanting to make veganomicon's for a while because i miss banana bread so much! but dreena's maple banana loaf looks amazing. hmm, which to make?!

  4. your quiche came out beautifully! i really need to make that sooooooon! you are totes my tastebud twin, i think! sweetoes, tempeh, banana bread…man, i love food!

  5. Dreena's recipes never disappoint, she's awesome. I haven't made that dish yet but I'll have to try it.Your quiche looks awesome, I love that recipe.

  6. I have only recently discovered tempeh and I don't know how I could live my life without it. It is very expensive here but so worth the money. Thank you for this great recipe. Oh, and I love, love, love that quiche recipe.

  7. Yum! That tempeh sweet tater recipe sounds wonderful! I think I'd like all the sweetness…as for the quiche, your photos look way better than the one in the book. That one is out of focus and it bugs me…because the rest of the photos in the book are beautiful (I know, I'm a nerd).As for black salt, I tried cooking it in a scramble and it didn't have the same taste. It loses some of that awesome flavor when cooked. But I've found sprinkling it on tofu egg dishes in the end really brings out the eggy flavor.

  8. Those quiche pictures are KILLING me (in the good way).

  9. everything looks really good, and i think you should ditch your english major and consider a full-time career in taking food porn photos for vegan cook books. you are SO talented, nora! i'm sure you can really cook, too!

  10. The Voracious Vegan

    Stop! Please stop! Those pictures were all too much for me to take. Talk about mouthwatering, that tempeh dish almost had me licking the screen. It sounds delicious!What a beautiful quiche, talk about picture perfect!

  11. caribbeanvegan

    I need to make a quiche soon. I never could stand the taste of egg thats why quiche was never a favourite but this looks great. I think the black salt will help. Dreena's recipes never fail u.

  12. Wow, that sauce DOES sound sweet! I'd probably knock the sugar way back too. And you quiche looks great, that was also my first good vegan quiche.

  13. the tempeh looks yummy. i love dishes that taste better as leftovers.

  14. Oh my goodness, that tempeh dish looks absolutely phenomenal! I love that Dreena Burton.Great blog, by the way!

  15. The Shenandoah Vegan

    Wow! That tempeh dish! I will have to try to make that this weekend.

  16. The Shenandoah Vegan

    Thanks for offering to email the tempeh recipe. I think will need to just buy my own copy of EDABV. I don't know why I put it off for so long. Thanks again for the delicious ideas.

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  18. I would definitely agree with your thought about decreasing chocolate in the banana bread to make the maple shine through – maple is one of my all-time favorite flavorings, and dang, it's expensive! So when I use it, I want to taste it!!! I love ED&BV! That tempeh and sweet potato recipe is one recipe I haven't tried yet, but I adore Dreena's recipes for dinnertime options. That sauce sounds hecka sweet, though…wow. I randomly saw black salt at the Indian market the other day! I almost bought some but resisted. And yes, we must always do what Isa says. Isa knows all. :)

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