Easy dinner for your manic (any) day

Tempeh with brown rice and seaweed noodles with a miso sauce.
Tempeh with brown rice and seaweed noodles with a miso sauce.

I want so badly to have the Sundays I was promised as a kid, “My I don’t have to run day.” But I do have to run…a lot.  To deal with my manic Sundays that often bleed into my Mondays, I like to get in an easy, yummy meal that will satisfy the whole family. Enter the tempeh bowl.


1 package of tempeh (Feel free to use your protein of choice but you will need to change the name of the dish.)

1 bunch of kale (Chard works too if you are trying to reduce cruciferous vegetables.)

6oz of mushrooms

1 box rice noodles (We prefer brown rice and seaweed noodles – spaghetti squash or spiraled cut veggies would make the meal grain-free.)

2 to 3 TBS Tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos

3 TBS coconut oil or ghee

Sauce (Optional but delicious.)

2 to 3 TBS tahini

1 TBS miso paste (Any color will work. I used red for this one.)

1/4 cup + apple cider vinegar (I add ACV until I get the consistency I like, which is a bit runny.)


  1. Prepare noodles according to instructions on box.
  2. Prep the tempeh by steaming it for 10 minutes. This helps absorb the flavor. (Optional)
  3. Once steamed, cut the tempeh in to 2 by 1 inch rectangles and place in a bowl  with the Tamari/soy/coconut aminos. Set aside.
  4. Wash and chop the kale and mushrooms.
  5. Using 1 TBS  of oil, pan fry the tempeh until you get some nice brown edges. About 5 minutes.
  6. Using 1to 2 TBS of  oil, sauté mushrooms for 1 or 2 minutes.
  7. Add kale to pan and saute mushrooms and kale until the kale is soft.
  8. Salt kale and mushrooms to taste.
  9. Assemble all the amazing things you have made and top with your favorite seeds and condiments. Tonight we used the tahini miso sauce, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and ground flaxseeds.


  1. Mix the tahini with the miso well.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the tahini miso mixture until you reach the desired consistency and taste.

I like to create and share recipes that can be easily adapted for a variety of diet. I could easily see this same concept becoming a grain-free paleo meal as easily as it was a vegan meal. I hope you feel inspired to create something easy that you and your family can enjoy. Cheers!


6 thoughts on “Easy dinner for your manic (any) day”

  1. It can be hard to find gluten free tempeh and tamari. The San-J brand of tamari is gf and readily available. But eating so much soy worries me. I’m already fairly paranoid with our food. It seems like everything I used to think was good is actually horrible. I have a 10yo daugther with Hashi’s, a 14 yo daughter with some form of thyroid/endocrine/adrenal disorder that we cannot figure out, and I’m pretty positive I have thyroid disorder, though I havent been diagnosed due to lack of insurance. This is the most frustrating disorder. It’s invisible and it always seems like there’s something else, just when we think “Oh this is it!”, it isnt. Or there’s something else too. 😦


    1. Hi Kelli, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I know how frustrating it can be not knowing what’s going wrong and just want to feel better or even just normal. I can imagine it’s even more difficult to watch your daughters go through this. Finding gluten free tempeh and Tamari can be a challenge, especially with so much gluten free washing going on. I think it’s very wise of you to avoid soy if you aren’t sure what going on and your gut is giving you signals that you should. Are y’all vegetarian or vegan? I often use coconut aminos to substitute Tamari and I limit my intake of tofu, but I’ve found for me that gf tempeh and miso work well. Thank you again for reaching out. I’m sending you and your daughter hugs and healing thoughts.


  2. Hi Car! How did this go over with Harper? Looks fabulous and sounds like something Mart would love too but not sure about Rowan. Trying to find new and healthy for all of us without making multiple things to make everyone happy,,,

    Congrats on new blog! xo. -Lori


    1. Hi Lori, Thanks for checking out the blog! Harper does like this dish, although she doesn’t put a lot of kale in her bowl. I’ve found that if I separate everything out and call it Make your own (fill in the blank) she will serve herself most of what we are eating. Also, I make it a habit to put out a lot of different toppings so she feels like she has lots of control. This last time around she used pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and tamari. Soon I’ll post a recipe that she really likes that I call make your own quinoa pizza. Hope you guys are well!


  3. OK – sounds great! Bought the ingredients now need a day – think Sunday is first day we will be home for dinner and then remembered the Bangles and think it must be meant to be! Rowan said it sounds like a good thing to try and she was encouraged by Harper liking it and the idea of building it herself. Thanks for the recipe and the suggestions. Looking forward to Quinoa pizza. We like making our own pizza and by our own I mean rolling out our store bought dough and then putting on our store bought sauce plus lots of other fun stuff that actually comes out of the gr
    ound. So, thinking your recipe may step us up a notch 😉 Baby steps! We are well – you guys too!?


  4. FINALLY made tonight. Marty and I loved it! Rowan….well, she ate it. She is good about trying things but I have to do a different protein next time. She did eat peanuts and various seeds and kale and scallions on the noodles though (and a little tempeh). Thanks for the first different thing on the menu in a long time!


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