The Chef: Rashida
The Menu: Bell pepper stuffed with tempeh, portabello mushrooms, rice, and cheddar-style Daiya, a side salad, and an apple.
The Goods: If you ask me, tempeh’s got a bit of a bad rap. Some tofu-loving omnivores won’t touch the stuff (case in point: my mom), and I’ve even seen vegans shy away from this soy-based delight. Well, I’m on a one-woman crusade to prove that tempeh is an excellent addition to any veg meal. With that in mind, allow me to present the remnants of my dinner last night: a scrumptious tempeh-stuffed bell pepper bathing in tomato sauce. Not only is the tempeh stuffing tasty enough to sway even the most skeptical, it’s also a good source of calcium, which is crucial for healthy bones. If my zealous tempeh-preaching didn’t make a convert out of you, there are still plenty of ways to increase your calcium intake without animal products. Check out our tips here!