Greek Salad Tempeh Wraps

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Uhhhhh, tempeh.  I have to admit, it’s a love-hate relationship for me.  You’ll see me standing in front of the “fake meat” section in Whole Foods (totally blocking the aisle with the massive carts…by the way, why is it that Whole Foods-or at least mine in particular-makes aisles that literally 1.5 carts can fit through with giant columns in the middle of the aisle…it’s panic-inducing at times…especially after work, when you are in heels that you really shouldn’t be wearing for your own safety…and there are a lot of people in a rush to go home and eat the green bell pepper they just purchased…)

Back to tempeh.  I look at it, trying to convince myself that it’s a good substitute for my protein at times.  I turn the vacuum-packed plastic around and around in my hands, wondering if I should get the whole-grains or the soy-based version (“umm, excuse me, miss, can you please move your cart?”)…really, what’s the difference?  And which version would pair best with whatever dish I’m making that time. (“Oh, excuse me, I just need to get to the miso right there.  No worries.”)  Can this stuff actually taste good…will it break apart if I try to cook it…it majorly needs some color.  Oh, screw this.  I’m just taking one package to try for this recipe.  Moving along to the cheese section where I hear the sirens calling me…..

I’ve made recipes with tempeh before.  And the thing is, I’m usually pleasantly surprised.  The reubens and the TLT’s were pretty delicious, I have to say.  But, this recipe also looked promising.  Knowing that the tempeh would be sauteed in a lovely and light lemony sauce, I figured that this would provide a little oomph to the (in my humble opinion) usually pretty bland/slightly bitter tempeh flavor.  And, with the additions of salty feta, some briny Kalamatas, and a tangy paprika yogurt sauce (for a vegan version, omit the cheese and sauce entirely or use a vegan-appropriate alternatives…), I knew that any bland tempeh-ish flavors would be hidden.

And, so, tempeh, you win again. I was surprised at the combination of flavors, textures, and ease of preparing these guys.  I even took the leftovers for lunch (double points.)

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Greek Salad Tempeh Wraps

Servings:  enough for 4 small wraps

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

One 8-ounce package tempeh, cut into 2 or 3-inch pieces (I ended up going with the soy-based, no particular reason why)

1 cup water

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt

1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic, minced

For the wraps: (adjust the amounts here to your own preferences)

Spinach, chopped  (I used about a cup here and found that this worked.)

Tomato, chopped

Cucumber, chopped

Feta cheese, crumbled

Kalamata olives, chopped

Whole wheat wraps or tortillas

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Instructions

1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering.

2. Add the tempeh and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes or so.

3. Add the water and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, stirring gently to thoroughly coat the tempeh pieces.

4. Decrease the heat to medium and simmer the tempeh, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes (or until most of the liquid has been absorbed).  Set aside but keep warm until you assemble the wraps.

5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, the paprika, salt, and garlic.  Set aside.

6. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of oregano, and the spinach, mixing to coat the spinach thoroughly.

7.  To assemble the wraps:  Spread your desired amount of the yogurt blend onto each wrap.  Layer the remaining ingredients and roll up each wrap tightly.  Enjoy.

Scout in her normal "shrimp" position on the couch.

Scout in her normal “shrimp” position on the couch.

Source:  Slightly adapted from Cooking Light.

 

February 16, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Jen - I’m not so sure about tempeh, either, but your pup is adorable! (Can’t let my boxers see the pic, though, as I’m sure they’d use it in our arguments over whether or not boxers belong on couches!)

February 18, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This is so fabulous!!

February 19, 2013 - 10:33 am

Tali - This recipe has me intrigued. I think my kiddos would like it, and I’m going to give it a try. I’ve never cooked with tempeh before and I’m hoping our grocery store has it!

(And I love the shrimp position. How can a big boxer curl up into a tiny ball like that? Our Gus does it as well. It’s magic.) :)

February 19, 2013 - 11:32 am

Maria Tadic - These look so yummy! I love tempeh…i’m always pleasantly surprised at how yummy it comes out!

February 24, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Rachel - Yum! I read once that steaming tempeh will remove the bitterness, so I do that before sautéing it now. I think it really helps!

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