Cajun Beans and Tempeh


This month’s featured recipe celebrates New Orleans and its fabled cuisine. In just a few days (March 8–14), the Chopra Center’s Seduction of Spirit meditation retreat will be unfolding in this magical city, where Deepak, David Simon, davidji, and hundreds of guests will gather to meditate and experience their true spiritual essence.

Serves 4

  • 1 cup red kidney beans or pinto beans, sorted, rinsed and soaked overnight in water
  • 4 to 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ghee or olive oil
  • 1 cup shallots, leeks, or onions
  • 1 pinch red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or tamari
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cups thinly sliced andouille chicken sausage (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1½ cups marinated tempeh, cubed (see marinade recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Drain the beans. In a soup pot, bring the beans, vegetable stock, and bay leaves to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer at a rolling boil until the beans are tender, about 1 hour. Heat a sauté pan with the oil over medium heat, then add the leeks, red chili flakes, garlic, and celery. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the aminos, bell pepper, and tomatoes. If using chicken sausage, add it now. In a small bowl, combine the turmeric, thyme, oregano, coriander, cumin, and paprika. Add the spice mixture to the vegetables, stirring to incorporate. Sauté another 4 to 5 minutes. Add the vegetable mixture to the cooking beans. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and adding more stock if necessary. Add the tempeh cubes and the maple syrup just before serving and reheat gently. The stew will be finished when the beans are soft to the touch. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Nutritional Facts per 1½-cup serving
Calories 449, Total fat 9.4 g, Saturated 1.9 g
Carbohydrates 61.9 g, Protein 29.6


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