Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sesame Garlic Tempeh and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Freekeh

As soon as I saw the Turtle Island Marinated Tempeh in Sesame Garlic flavor at my local Whole Foods, I knew I absolutely had to incorporate it into a dish. I've seen this product in California for years, but never have we had access to flavored tempeh. Finally, I can see that the world is becoming a better place. I incorporated it into a stir-fry dish with fresh vegetables served over tamari freekeh and it was oh so delicious.

The Turtle Island Sesame Garlic Tempeh is a lightly flavored tempeh (a fermented soy product) that is perfect for stir-fry dishes. It comes in strips that are already cut and ready to be used. Turtle Island states that they do not use GMO soy and that they are working with the Non-GMO Project, but they are not yet Non-GMO Project verified.

Another product that I used is the Tamari-flavored Freekeh by Freekeh Foods. Freekeh is a roasted green wheat grain product that has a nutty texture. This particular flavor is already flavored with tamari shoyu making it perfect for stir-fry dishes. This product is listed as using organic shoyu indicating that it is not using GMO products, however, it is not certified as such.

  • 1 package Freekeh Foods-brand freekeh in tamari flavor
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp curry paste (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 2 Tbsp Bragg's liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced diagonally
  • 2 heads broccoli, broken into broccoli florets
  • 1 package Tofurky sesame garlic tempeh, sliced in half

1. Cook entire bag of freekeh on the stovetop in 2.5 cups of water for 20 minutes on medium heat.

2. Mix brown sugar, curry paste, tamari, lime juice, water, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Heat wok on medium-high heat. Add peanut oil and vegetables and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add tempeh and sear on both sides for 2 minutes. Add sauce and heat for 2 minutes more.
Serve over freekeh.


  1. Oh, yum, gotta try this. But I have the regular Freekeh I got from my Vegan Cuts box.

  2. That should work too - it just won't have as much tamari flavor.

  3. why buy something if u are not CERTAIN that it contains no GMO? i would never compromise when it comes to GMOs in particular.

  4. Actually, I just received verification from the companies that both products are organic and, therefore, non-GMO. Tofurky is working on obtaining its Non-GMO Project Verification.