This delicious tempeh bourguignon is from the new Protein From Plants book by Heather Nicolds. This book is a phenomenal resource for plant-based living. Heather’s well-researched nutrition information and delicious easy recipes will help you incorporate high quality protein in appropriate quantities for your needs as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Heather opens the book with the lowdown about protein - what amino acids are, what proteins are made in the body, which proteins we need from food sources, what proteins do in the body, and how we utilize proteins. She debunks common myths about plant-based protein, gives guidance for calculating your protein intake, getting quality protein from a plant-based diet, and offers tips for transitioning to a plant-based diet successfully for optimal health. There's also great information addressing specific protein needs for athletes, pregnant and nursing women, and children, as well as strategies for fulfilling your protein needs pre- and post surgery.
The next section of the book is fantastic because it breaks down the main plant protein food groups and how to incorporate them for easy reference: beans and legumes; grains; nuts and seeds; greens; fermented foods; veggie meats; protein powders; and protein bars.
Then, the second half of the book is full of protein-rich plant-based recipes for breakfasts; sandwiches and wraps; salads; warm bowls; soups; burgers; comfort foods; dips; snacks; and desserts. There's also seven days of meal plans to help you pull together a protein-rich weekly routine.
Some of my favorite recipes include: savory chickpea scramble, warm lentil salad, minty carrot soup, hemp burgers, parsley pistachio pesto, avo-mama dip, chocolate quinoa, chia pudding, and black bean chocolate brownies.
I adapted Heather's tempeh bourguignon to make it gluten-free, and it is delicious! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. You could also serve this with quinoa or millet, or the more traditional noodles.
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