Smokey Tempeh and B.L.A.T

Long time, no post!  I figure that if I point out the big elephant in the room that it will lighten the situation of me not posting for 9 days.  What have I been up to?  Well, I had one hell of a week for starters:

I go to school Monday through Friday and work immediately after I get out of school.  This is what the schedule of a full time employee and full time student looks like:

Monday: school 8:20 am-11am; work 11:30 am-7:00 pm; homework 7:30 pm-2:30/3:30ish am

Tuesday: school 9:00 am-6:30 pm//no work//homework until 1:00ish am

Wednesday: school 8:00 am-9:00 am//work 9:30 am-5 pm//homework 5:30 pm-1:00ish am

Thursday: school 9:00 am-4:00 pm//no work//homework 6:00 pm-1:00ish am

Friday: school 9:00 am-10:20 am//work 11:30 am-7:00 pm//homework 7:30 pm-2:30ish am

Saturday: work 9:30am-5:00pm//homework 5:30 pm-1:00ish am

Sunday: work 10:30am-6:00pm//homework 7:00 pm-1:00ish am


Not to mention I was hit by a bike, as mentioned in my last post.  Also, if you follow me on Instagram you know that two days after being hit by a kid on a bike the key to my house broke off in the deadbolt.  This was after spending 9 hours at school and needing to study for a major test.  A few days later I was told I still have a kidney infection.

You read that correctly: I still have a kidney infection.  By kidneys have consistently hurt since I was checked out of the hospital for a kidney infection.  After feeling more intense symptoms I went back to my primary care to have urinalysis done to confirm that I indeed have a kidney infection, still.  I am on pretty heavy duty antibiotics and for everyone that knows me knows how much I despise taking antibiotics.  It goes against everything that I believe in, BUT I can NOT be in the hospital again.  A hospital stay will force me to take more time away from work and school, and school is mandatory.  If I miss even one day I am jeopardizing my grades.  The medication has nasty side effects such as harsh stomach pains and cramping and intense migraines.  The last two days my school work has suffered because I have felt absolutely awful.  Lucky you guys get to read about it!  I am resting as much as I can, but with a schedule like mine I barely have time to sit down.

Through it all, I have continued to cook when I can.  Cooking is such an anti-stress for me because it forces me to focus on what I am doing at the moment rather than let my mind spin out of control with all the things I should be doing other than cooking.  This recipe for Smokey Tempeh has become part of my favorite breakfast and afternoon snack.  Smokey tempeh sandwiched between toast, dijon mustard, and lettuce, all topped with buttery avocado.  I call it a B.L.A.T! ;) Yuh-um!

Smokey Tempeh and B.L.A.T
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Tempeh soaks up a smokey sauce while it marinades overnight, only to be cooked to golden brown perfection when needed. This smokey tempeh can be layered in a vegan version of a B.L.T sandwich with tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Toast.
  • 8 oz plain block tempeh
  • 2 tbls agave
  • 2 tbls maple syrup
  • 3 tbls EVOO
  • 3 tbls apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp hickory liquid smoke (use more or less)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • pinch black pepper
  1. Slice tempeh block into thin slices, about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Combine all ingredients, minus tempeh
  3. Layer into storage container, tempeh, marinade, tempeh, marinade, etc and marinade overnight
  4. Heat EVOO in pan and cook tempeh until golden brown on both sides


Start with block of tempeh:

Slice into thin slices, about 1/4 inch:
Mix marinade:
Layer tempeh, marinade, tempeh, marinade, into storage container:
Marinade for at least 24 hours (or cook immediately):


Cook in olive oil until golden brown and crispy:


Prepare toast to desired doneness:

Spread mustard on toast and top with lettuce, tempeh, and avocado:



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  1. I feel you!! I also work full time and go to full time as a pre-PA student. I got to class Monday thru Thursday and work the night shift Monday thru Friday with a ton of overtime thrown in. That on top of studying plus trying to maintain some sort of fitness routine and normalcy to eating, plus being married and maintaing the home etc. its enough to make you want to cry sometimes Crazy how when we’re so busy we don’t even have time to think it’s when more and more nongood things happen.

    • Oh, I am so thrilled I am not alone on this stressful roller coaster! Haha! Hang in there and stay positive, it all pays off in the end!

  2. Girl, that is one CRAZZZZZYYYY schedule! How DO you do it?! I definitely would be posting a heck of a lot less than you do :)
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  3. You’ve stressed yourself greatly; you need to take care of yourself! I hope you are feeling a great deal better.We will forgive you for stepping back a bit; it’s for your health. Be good to yourself, Christina! With all that is going on here,I’ve been a slacker on my own blog.
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