Quinoa, Tempeh, and Bean Sprout Bowls

Happy Pi Day!  The one day of the year a small part of me wishes I were a math teacher.

Actually, I don’t think I ever want to be a math teacher, even today. Science and PE just sound a lot more fun.

I wish I had pie for you, but I don’t.  I do have some delicious bean sprouts and tempeh, though!  And some fun facts (or lazy writing…your call)

Fact 1: I got my hip X-rayed today.  The doctor wants to make sure everything looks good around the hardware (the 3 titanium screws I’ve had since my femoral neck stress fracture about 13 years ago).  I’m hoping for good news.

Fact 2: If you roast red potatoes and sweet potatoes together and make a salad out of them, you’ll be glad you did.

 Fact 3: Someone is 6 months and 2 days old today, and is entirely too grown up, sitting in her high chair and eating bananas like she’s been doing it forever.

Fact 4: I’ve now done this DVD twice and I’m a believer.  I don’t necessarily think I’m going to have a six-pack in six weeks, but I know that my abs will be stronger, and of course I’m a fan of that.

Fact 5 (thanks for sticking with me): The vanilla bean snickerdoodles in Joy the Baker’s cookbook are incredible, and are definitely contributing to my lack of six-pack (but they’re worth it).

I know bean sprouts aren’t exactly glamorous, but they cook amazingly quickly, and they’re incredibly satisfying to grow yourself (which we just did for the first time!)  Here they get stir-fried in a very simple mix of orange juice, soy sauce, and honey, then topped with sesame seeds and avocado.  Served over quinoa, it’s a nice quick, healthy meal.

Quinoa, Tempeh, and Bean Sprout Bowls


  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 ounces tempeh, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (keep the green and white parts separate)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced


  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, and orange juice.
  2. Bring the broth or (lightly salted) water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the quinoa, put a lid on the pot, and turn heat to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet and add the tempeh slices. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until golden. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Heat the other tbsp of oil and add the bean sprouts and white parts of the green onion. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until slightly wilted.
  5. Add the soy sauce mixture and tempeh, stir well, and continue to stir fry another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add the green parts of the green onions.
  6. Put some quinoa in a bowl, top with bean sprout mixture and a few slices of avocado, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

(adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook via Eats Well With Others)

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5 comments to Quinoa, Tempeh, and Bean Sprout Bowls

  • Two questions:
    1. Where do I buy tempeh? I think I looked at Safeway and could not find it. I assume Whole Foods might have it?
    2. Is cooking tempeh about the same as cooking tofu? Any tricks to cooking with tempeh? Never have before…


  • Cate

    Whole foods definitely has it. I think it can be easier to cook than tofu, because you don’t have to worry about draining it or anything…just slice it up and it will be good to go! I sometimes boil it in water with a splash of soy sauce for about 5 minutes before I cook it (to enhance the flavor a little bit) but you can also just throw it straight into the pan.

  • I think science is way more fun than math anyday.

    I mix sweet potatoes and parsnip for that same “glad you did” feeling.

  • Samantha

    Hello! I just wanted to say that I am 100% with you about JM’s 6-week 6-pack being worth every penny! I did the 6-week program last year with awesome results, and still incorporate this DVD into my workouts to keep things interesting. I will say the first time I did Level 2 my husband walked in the room and thought something horrible had happened, I was sweating and panting and cursing so much, lol!

  • I love quinoa, and I love tempeh, so this sounds perfect!

    Also, I like that Jillian video, but our condo is on the 3rd floor, and it’s really jumpy. I feel bad doing it, because I feel like my neighbor below must think it’s so annoying. I need to find a quiet ab video to do instead :)

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