If you are looking for a meatless option that is packed with protein and strong flavors, you’re in the right place. This Buffalo Ranch Tempeh Bowl is hearty, healthy, vibrant, and delicious for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
When meat-eaters turn their nose up at us non-meat-eating folk, I think to myself, they haven’t tried a Buffalo Ranch Tempeh Bowl!
All the great flavor of buffalo wings, about the same amount of protein, and an equally satisfying texture. But without the animal cruelty or environmental impact.
Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox. This is a judgment-free zone (I type as I’m stuffing my face with 5 brownies), but if you do want to learn more small choices you can make to do your part, check out my article on 10 small ways to save our planet.
Aside from being healthy and vegan-friendly, this recipe is just downright delicious.
Buffalo Ranch Tempeh Bowl Tips and Tricks
Make Your Quinoa Ahead of Time
This is a great option for lunch, and if you need it to come together quickly, you can easily make the quinoa ahead of time. I often make a bunch of quinoa on Sunday’s to enjoy all week long.
On that note, you may have extra quinoa It’s such a great protein-packed, hearty addition to any meal! You can even try it for breakfast with this Mexican Protein Breakfast Bowl.
Get Your Pan Hot Before Adding Oil
The star of this dish is undoubtedly the tempeh, so if you get that part right, you’re cruising! The best way to get that golden brown is to get your pan hot before adding your oil and tempeh.
Place your pan over medium heat for a couple of minutes, then give it a go! You should here a little simmering and crackling when you add your tempeh. Keep it on medium heat for about three minutes, and check that it’s brown before flipping.
Green tip: Subbing tempeh as your protein is this dish for meat is a great way to reduce your ecological footprint. On average, plant agriculture emits up to 50 times less greenhouse gases than animal agriculture, and uses less water and land.
Add Your Greens Last
The extra little crunch and fresh taste you get from the greens is the perfect finish to this delicious bowl. It’s best to add your greens just before serving so they don’t wilt, to keep the integrity of that perfect bite.
Buffalo Ranch Tempeh Bowl Frequently Asked Questions
Tempeh is a soy-based protein that binds together to form a dense, chunky texture. It’s a great protein-packed meat substitute and boasts a lot of health benefits, including its many nutrients and prebiotics.
You can usually find it in your grocery store next to the tofu. If not, you can easily find it in any health food store.
Yes! For an on-the-go meal, simply transform this into a wrap by mixing all ingredients well and rolling them up in an XL tortilla or garden spinach wrap (or even make your own vegan Homemade Fluffy Flour Tortillas). You can always crisp up the outside of the wrap on a hot pan for extra toasty crunch.
The short answer is some are and some are not. Check the ingredient list if you are hoping for a vegan buffalo sauce or make your own!
Why You Should Make This Buffalo Ranch Tempeh Bowl
- It’s guilt-free. Healthy for you and the planet!
- It’s protein-packed. Between the tempeh and the quinoa, this will keep you full and energized all day!
- It has complex flavors. The spicy buffalo and tangy ranch play perfectly with the fresh elements.
- The textures are perfect. That hearty tempeh and fresh crunch from the onions, celery, and greens are a great contrast to your fluffy quinoa.