Adventures in Tempeh Land

Hello friends!

It’s official — I’m DONE with Microbiology!! Woop! 7 prerequisites down (Chem 1, Chem 2, Organic Chemistry, Bio 101, Anatomy & Physiology, Human Nutrition, Microbiology) — and just one left — my online BioChem course! Sooooo close :) I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished since last summer!

I pried myself away from my riveting BioChem studying and went to meet the lovely Heather for lunch! Heart this girl:


This is Heather’s last week at work — she’s moving to Colorado in two weeks! Wahhh! The only reason I’m letting her leave is because I’m moving two weeks after her ;) At least I’ll get to see her again in August at the Healthy Living Summit (she’s a speaker, too!)

We met up at one of our fave vegetarian restaurants right near her office in Virginia: Sunflower Vegetarian!



I ordered the “Adventure of Tempeh Land”, heh, just because it has an awesome name. Thankfully it was also tasty :)


YUM! Organic tempeh sautéed with red bell peppers, snow peas, asparagus, baby corn, and white mushrooms in a Thai-style curry sauce served with brown rice:


Delish! I ate a little over half and took the rest home :) I’m really into tempeh recently. I first tried it in Prague, randomly, and have loved it ever since! Have you guys tried tempeh? Are you a fan? If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it! It’s really different from tofu — much denser and “meatier” almost — the texture is way better.

Speaking of tofu, Heather had the organic grilled tofu and veggie sandwich. Pretty!


And then, we decided we needed to try tofu ice cream. Yes, tofu ice cream. Behold:


Looks like regular ice cream, right?! This was the “vanilla almond bark” and it was actually really tasty! It didn’t taste like normal ice cream, but it was good :) We were impressed.

Time to get back to studying. Have a great day and go eat some tempeh ;)


  1. 1

    I loooove tempeh. I recently discovered it and love to use it as a source of protein in salads and sandwiches. I have to experiment more actually cooking with it!

  2. 2

    I’ve been wanting to try that restaurant for months now!! Now I know its good :)

  3. 3

    what a fun lunch…i know you’re losing her, but i’m happy to be gaining another Heather out here :)

  4. 4

    Yummy! It all sounds so good! Wish we had places like that where I live…. we mainly have mexican food….

  5. 5

    NOM – way to go, Tempehland! Setting the tone. I definitely prefer that to Tofu; my sandwich didn’t even have a cool name, dangit. ;)

    My campaign to move you West in approximately 2 years will commence soon! Our separation will only be temporary, heh.

  6. 6

    Woohoo! Congrats on being finished.

  7. 7

    Congrats on finishing Microbiology! That’s a BIG deal. Great food pics, too. I’m so excited for HLS!! :)

  8. 8

    I <3 tempeh ;)

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    Jen Robinson says:

    I’ve had that tempeh dish at sunflower and it’s SO good!!

  10. 11

    Omigawsh, Adventures in Tempeh land looks AMAZING! I am such a fan of curry-deliciousness! I never thought to throw tempeh into curry. Love it!

  11. 12

    I’ve never actually tried tempeh because I find it a bit intimidating for some reason. I think I’ve just got to pick some up and get a bit adventurous!

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    Michelle Heikell says:

    Never tried tempeh but I love me some curry. That looked delicious!

  13. 14

    I just bought tempeh for the first time but don’t really know what to do with it! What are some of your favorite uses?

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      I’m a big fan of having it raw on a sandwich/wrap with some laughing cow cheese, BBQ sauce, tomato, and fresh spinach. Or, toss it into a stir fry or a rice and veggie bowl!

  14. 16

    Tofu icecream? I want some!! :)

  15. 17

    I’ve totally been craving curry lately! All this photo teasing is making me think I should make some tonight…

  16. 18

    Hmmm never had tofu ice cream before. Sounds interesting and delicious!

  17. 19

    Good luck with BioChem, Anne!

  18. 20

    yay for being done!

    I’ve been on a tempeh kick lately too…I’ve been putting it in sandwiches like Kath; I’ve also made a stir fry with it from the Clean food cookbook. So yummy!

    I love Sunflower! I always get the Orange Imagination! I need to branch out though!

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    I get soycream from Trader Joe’s all the time. (thanks, lactose intolerance) Guessing it’s similar? Pretty yummy.

  20. 22

    I live right near that restaurant and I’ve always wondered if it was good. I just found your blog and realized you’re me but blonde. Hello, sky diving, bungee jumping, glacier climbing, and other craziness in NZ!

  21. 24

    Your pictures are all so great! Love the flower pic! Is that vegetarian restaurant in DC? If it is, I’m excited!

    And WHOOO- you’re almost done!

  22. 25

    woohoo way to finish micro! :)

  23. 26

    Heather is indeed lovely! I will have to give this place a try! Looks delicious!

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