Photo Food Journal & Black Bean Tempeh Burgers

Is it just me or does it feel like we’ve fast-forwarded into fall and the busy-ness of the upcoming holiday season already? I’ve been doing some serious multi-tasking lately, but it’s all good stuff including filling out my master’s degree eligibility form so I get my degree in February, 2014, getting ready to go to the Healthy Taste of LA this upcoming weekend where Dr. Neal Barnard will be speaking (SO excited), and organizing some upcoming giveaways with fellow bloggers for my recipe app, Vegan Delish.

BTW, I’ve recently created a new category in the app for Holiday Recipes. I’ll be adding more recipes to this category over the next few weeks, so keep checking it (download the app on your iPhone or iPad here):

Holiday recipes in Vegan Delish

Since today is “What I Ate Wednesday,” I’m sharing a day’s worth of healthy, vegan eats (see my previous Photo Food Journal posts here).

Yesterday’s morning started with a Choco-Pear Smoothie bowl topped with cocoa powder, dehydrated raw buckwheat groats, and cacao nibs:

Green smoothie bowl with buckwheat and cacao nibs

I’m loving this new herbal tea I picked up from Trader Joe’s (the fox illustration on the front reminds me of my blogger friend Ashlee):

Tea from Trader Joe's

Lunch was my Jalapeño Black Bean Hummus in a brown rice wrap topped with shredded carrot and chopped celery:

Hummus in a wrap topped with veggies

Dessert was one of my favorite fruits of all times that I was thrilled to finally see arrive at the farmers’ market…persimmon!!!


On a side note, I took a picture of my kitchen counter to give you an idea of how much fruit I usually have on rotation (you can see pomegranates, avos, pears, kiwi, persimmons, cucumbers, oranges, and mangoes hiding behind the plant):

Carrie's fruit rotation

For dinner, I decided to get all crazy and try making vegan burgers using tempeh. I was originally inspired by JL who did this a long time ago. I personally adore tempeh and can literally eat it right out of the package, but my husband Alan isn’t a huge fan of eating it that way. This is the brand I like [Editor’s note: the brand is called Lightlife]:

Tempeh package

Making the burgers is super easy, I just threw the tempeh, mushrooms, beans, tomato sauce, and spices into the food processor:

Making tempeh burgersHere is the recipe:

Black Bean Tempeh Burgers
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 1 8-ounce package tempeh
  • 1 cup mushrooms (any type)
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal (ground flax seed)
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Chop mushrooms roughly and place into the bowl of a food processor. Remove the tempeh from the package, using your hands to break it into large chunks and placing into the food processor.
  3. Add the tamari, garlic powder, tomato sauce, dried onion, red pepper flakes, ground mustard seeds, smoked paprika, ground cumin, dried thyme, and flax meal to the food processor. Turn on high and process until the ingredients are combined.
  4. Use a spatula to transfer the mixture into a medium bowl. Use your hands to form the mixture into six patties. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 40 minutes total, flipping once during cooking. Serve hot.

I loved how the burgers turned out and Alan did, too. I served mine on top of lettuce and with a roasted sweet potato:

Tempeh burger with salad and sweet potato

Dessert was a dish of my Slow-Cooker Applesauce (unpictured, sorry).


That’s it! It’s been really nice to get back into the kitchen after a week of eating restaurant food in NYC. I find that even when I can track down reasonably healthy food while traveling, nothing compares to preparing my own food at home in terms of the quality of ingredients and making it exactly how I want it.

Even though my regular blog schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I have a very special post for you tomorrow with a new giveaway that I think you are going to LOVE! See you soon.

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    • says

      Thanks, Suzanne! Yes, I am so spoiled, I can get all of those fruits locally, except for the mangoes which come from Brazil. That said, sometimes I can’t get to the farmers’ market so I buy at Costco. 🙂

  1. Nezumi says

    I love overflowing fruits bowls! I can’t wait to find persimmons.
    That tempeh burger is looking good! Love that hummus wrap too.

  2. JessieB says

    You have no idea how excited I was so see the tempeh burgers! I just bought the exact kind pictured last night for the first time but wasn’t sure what to do with it! This looks delish! Thank you!!

  3. Laura S. says

    I agree about your note in the conclusion. I get so excited when I go to a vegan restaurant or am at a restaurant featuring vegan items, and though I’d say I’m not usually disappointed, I still do find that I say to myself, Hmmm, I would have put a little more of this or a lot less of that if I were to make this dish. Never would I have thought I’d be more excited to cook at home than eat out!

  4. says

    I looked for persimmons today but couldn’t find any sadly 🙁 I’m going to keep my eyes peeled.
    I’m a tempeh lover too so I bet I’d enjoy those burgers.
    P.S. Downloaded the app today! Fabulous!

  5. says

    YUM! I have a recent love affair with tempeh after denying it for too long, and those burgers are looking BALLER. And, hey, thanks for the shout out of my blog, woman. That foxy tea is nice, isn’t it? Kinda apple-y and chai-like (new words). Trader Joe’s always has the most bewitching stuff. Their candy cane tea is one of my FLAVORITES. XO

    • says

      Hiya Ashlee and you’re welcome for the shout-out. I bought the tea ‘cuz the cute little fox was too much to resist and now I’m in love with the flavor. Ohhhh, I have not yet tried the Candy Cane one but I’m adding it to my shopping list! You’re my FLAVORITE! 🙂

  6. says

    Hi Carrie! I’m excited to make your tempeh burgers this coming weekend. They look great and it’ll be a perfect excuse for me to finally try making Fuhrman’s healthy ketchup recipe to go with it. By the way, is that tea from TJ’s a spice tea? The illustration on the box alone makes me want to buy it 😉

    • says

      Hi Jackie! Great, let me know what you think of the tempeh burgers. Homemade healthy ketchup sounds fantastic, although I kinda think they don’t need a topping. 🙂 The TJ’s tea is definitely an herbal spice tea. I noted the ingredients label said natural apple and cinnamon flavoring, though, so I’m not really sure what that means (aka “natural” or not?).

  7. Gail says

    Hi Carrie,
    Made these burgers this week & they have to be among my favourite veggie burgers ever, both bought & made…….plus, they were so easy to make! Many kudos to you!


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