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Baked Tempeh, Peanut Sauce & Sautéed Mushrooms, Broccoli & Spinach Recipe

Ultimate Vegan Breakfast

Image: Adam Guthrie

Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian fermented food made from soybeans and is a popular meat replacement, boasting an impressive nutrient profile. It is high in protein, vitamins and minerals, but low in sodium and carbohydrates. In this vegan breakfast dish it is combined with its ultimate ally, peanut sauce with flavourful mushrooms and healthy greens. You will love it.

Serves: 4




  • Peanut Sauce
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 red bird’s-eye chilli, deseeded
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander roots & stems, chopped
  • ¾ cup red shallot or onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 10 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
  • 200g roasted unsalted peanuts
  • ½ kaffir lime leaf
  • 1½ tbsp vegan fish sauce
  • 1½ tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp tamarind puree
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Tempeh & Vegetables
  • 400g tempeh, thinly sliced
  • 16 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 broccoli head, cut into small florets
  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Heat an oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. For the peanut sauce, place the garlic, chili, coriander root, onion, water and Medjool dates in a high-speed blender.
  3. Pour into a frying pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 3 mins. Add the roasted peanuts and stir.
  4. Remove from the heat, place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend to a smooth paste. The consistency should be creamy (add more water if needed). Store in the fridge for up to 4–5 days or freeze.
  5. Place the tempeh slices onto the lined baking tray, place in the oven and cook for about 20 mins until golden brown on both sides.
  6. While the tempeh is baking, heat a frying pan and dry sauté (without oil) the mushrooms, broccoli and spinach, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Place the cooked tempeh and vegetables on a plate and top with the peanut sauce.


Adam Guthrie

Adam is a vegan whose passion for food began with a life-threatening illness and continues today in a lifestyle built around healthy cooking and eating. Adam is a qualified chef and wellness coach who specialises in a wholefood, plant-based diet. Adam shares how to prepare delicious, healthy food for health, energy and vitality. He conducts online healthy eating and wellness programs and gives keynote talks, live cooking demonstrations and cooking classes on the subject of healthy eating and living well.