Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Spicy Slow Cooker Almond Tempeh

Spicy Slow Cooker Almond Tempeh

It's been a fast-paced start to the school year and this has meant a lot of quick and easy meals. It has also meant a lot of dining out. However, a friend of mine mentioned she was making a tempeh dish in peanut sauce this weekend and it got me dreaming of a dish I made last year and never got to blog! 

I am participating in Eating Rules October Unprocessed challenge and so I am trying to make meals that don't require a lot of kitchen prep. Taking the ideas of the dish that was never blogged, amending it to be peanut-free so I could take it to work (I teach at a peanut-free campus), and modifying it to include veggies I could buy pre-prepped... and you get something fabulous!

Spicy Slow Cooker Almond Tempeh
Serves 8

3/4 cup Almond Butter
2 8-oz packages of 3-grain tempeh (or your favorite tempeh)
10-oz shredded carrots
8-oz sliced crimini mushrooms
10-oz peeled, cubed butternut squash
2 red bell peppers chopped into medium pieces
2 tbsp diced ginger
1 tsp cayenne pepper powder (more if you want really spicy, less if you can't handle heat)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp black pepper

Mix everything together in the slow cooker. Cook on low 8-10 hours. The dish will go from liquidy to more liquidy, and will then start to thicken.

Serve over quinoa or rice.

Nutritional Information
Each serving is approximately one cup however it will vary on how long you let the liquid cook down. This is a large portion when paired with a grain, so I am also including nutritional information for a half the serving as well.

1/8 recipe -- 330 calories, 29 carbs, 18 fat, 17 protein, 9 fiber
1/16 recipe -- 165 calories, 14.5 carbs, 9 fat, 8.5 protein, 4.5 fiber

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Whole Foods Coupon Match-Ups (9/9)

It's been awhile since I put coupons to work for me because my summer jobs kept me out of the kitchen! However this week I found some awesome deals at Whole Foods and wanted to share them. Please remember that prices may differ from store to store.

All of the coupons I used were from the Whole Deal which are the in-store coupons you can pick up at Whole Foods or print online.

If you check out Mambo Sprouts before you go, it is possible to pick up some extra savings. My printer wasn't working but there are some great deals to be had because Whole Foods will let you stack a manufacturer coupon with their store coupon. I will mention the manufacturer coupons below if they are available on Mambo Sprouts.

Clif Kid ZFruit: These fruit twist snacks were on sale at my local Whole Foods for only $2.50 a piece! Combine that with the in-store $1.00 off coupon and you are only paying $1.50 a box (which makes each snack only 25 cents!)

Clif Kit's Organic Bar: These bars remind me of Larabars in some ways and are pretty tasty. I have stopped buying bars but couldn't pass up the BOGO coupon. The bars were 1.49 each which made each bar about 75 cents each.

Almond Breeze Original Almond Coconut Drink: These are a new find and in front of the display there were manufacturer coupons for $1.00 off each box. The drinks were priced at 2.69 a box - so two boxes were originally $5.38. The Whole Deal has a $1.00 off two Blue Diamond products. Combine this with one manufacturer coupon per box and the grand total for two boxes was only $2.38 or $1.19 each. If you like the Blue Diamond Baked Nut Chips, you can combine the WD coupon with a 75 cents off coupon from Mambo Sprouts to pick up some snacks.

Westsoy Shelf Stable Soymilk: These boxes are always a great deal at $1.99 each but Whole Foods sweetened the price by offering a store coupon for $1 off a box which makes these beverages only 99 cents each!

Nasoya Tofu: I like to keep tofu on hand for a quick meal and when I saw that Nasoya tofu was on sale for $2.00 a package, I picked up two packages and used the Whole Deal coupon for $1.25 off two to bring the price down to $2.75 for the duo. This made each package only $1.38.

Some additional coupon combinations:

Nature's Path Waffles: Mambo Sprouts has a coupon for $1.00 off one box and Whole Deal has a coupon for $1.00 off two boxes. Combine two manufacturer coupons with one store coupon for a total of $3.00 off or $1.50 off each box.

Arrowhead Mills Breakfast Items: Mambo Sprouts has a coupon for $1.00 off and Whole Deal has a coupon for $1.00 off which will give you $2.00 off one item including their cold and hot cereals and their pancake mix.

Organic Valley American Cheese: You can score $2.00 off one 8-oz package between Mambo's $1 and WD's $1 off.

Zevia 6-pack Soda: Another $2.00 off deal between the $1.00 off you will score from WD and the $1.00 you can print from Mambo Sprouts.


I get asked by readers if I am being paid to push products. The simple answer is no. In fact, most of the products I write about are ones I have found and purchased during my trips to the grocery store or on the road. Occasionally, a company will send a sample my way and if I believe the product will serve a need for my readers and I would buy the product myself, then I will share it with you. Sometimes I will write to a company after reading about it, if I believe it will help us lead healthier lifestyles. But even then, if the product doesn't pass my scrutiny, it won't make the screen of Uncovering Food. You can trust that every product or recipe posted here has passed through my lips, and that I wouldn't blog about it if it wasn't worthy of you... my favorite readers.