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Curried Cabbage with Tempeh

Curried Cabbage with Tempeh

I have put together one of those have-it-all recipes for you. This Curried Cabbage with Tempeh is packed not only with delicious flavour, but it is also loaded with nutrients and protein. It's a great option if you are looking to bump up your protein intake without going too crazy on those calories. 

Easy recipes are our favourites, and recipes that get better over time probably come in second. This Curried Cabbage covers both categories perfectly. It has become a lifesaver on those crazy days when I need to get dinner ready quickly and I want my family to have a nourishing meal. 

When I say this recipe has it all, I am not exaggerating. Let me tell you a bit more about what's in this dish so you can fall in love with it as much as I did. But beware, your family might be asking to have it on demand from now on.

Curried Cabbage with Tempeh ingredients

First of all, let's talk about nutrition. The main ingredient in this recipe is cabbage and as you might know, this is a powerhouse of nutrients. Cabbage is a super versatile veggie that can be cooked in many ways but what doesn't change is all the benefits you reap from consuming this veggie. 

I won't get into too many technicalities. So let me just tell you some of its health benefits. Cabbage has a load of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, as well as anti-cancer properties. It supports your digestive tract, improves heart health, is good for your skin, for weight loss, regulates blood pressure, and improves brain health. 

You get so many benefits from adding cabbage to your diet that I could write an essay about it. I won't, let's get back to the recipe instead. On one last note about cabbage, this veggie is also low on calories. So it was the perfect ingredient for us to have a high protein vegan meal without ranking up our calorie intake.

chopped tempeh

I often hear people worried about protein when switching to a vegan lifestyle. The recipe has about 37g of protein per serving. It is the ultimate high protein vegan lunch or dinner option, pretty hard to top.

Another great thing about this curried cabbage is that you don't have to break the bank to have a delicious meal, We are all about cheap vegan dishes and with the ingredients we are using, we managed to make a super affordable dish. 

Last but not least, the taste! Our curried cabbage is jam-packed with delicious flavours and is so aromatic. The combination of garlic, turmeric and peanuts, is just amazing. These simple ingredients will do the trick! 

As you can see, I wasn't exaggerating by saying that this meal has it all. It is super healthy, affordable, comforting, and incredibly tasty! I like to serve this cabbage dish with a side of quinoa to make it more filling without being too heavy. 

Curried Cabbage with Tempeh top down

Prep time
15 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Peanut, Quinoa, Tempeh, Tomatoes


For the curried cabbage

  • 2 tbsps english curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 16 oz tempeh (diced into small 1inch ~ 2cm pieces)
  • 4 medium tomato (diced into small 1inch ~ 2cm pieces)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 lb white cabbage (shredded)

For the quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa


  1. Cook the quinoa until the water is all absorbed (around 15-20 minutes).
  2. Heat up half of the oil in a frying pan and fry the tempeh until golden brown from all sides.
  3. Set the tempeh aside and use the same frying pan again.
  4. Use the rest of the oil and add the spices, stir fry until fragrant, then add the ginger and stir fry for 1-2 minutes and the garlic for another 30 seconds.
  5. Add the peanuts and the cabbage and stir fry until slightly browned for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes and the broth , give it a good stir and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the cabbage is slightly soft and the tempeh absorbed a bit of the liquid.
  7. Add salt and adjust taste, serve with some quinoa on the side, enjoy!

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