Veggie Tempeh Scramble

A hot and hearty breakfast is my thing. I am not the type of person to live off cereal and be satisfied with just that. Before I became vegan I was all about having eggs and sausage or bacon every morning. Since the transition, breakfast has been a struggle for me. I love making pancakes, waffles, and tofu scramble when I have the time but it’s not something I can do every morning so it gets a bit frustrating having to settle for a less desirable meal to start my day. Fortunately I do have that time on Sundays which is why I decided to make my first ever tempeh scramble this morning. Again, this recipe consists of whatever we had on hand. All ingredients are optional and I encourage you to substitute whatever you would like and experiment on your own. Have some fun in that kitchen of yours!

Veggie Tempeh Scramble


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into thin rounds
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 8 oz. package of tempeh, crumbled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • half of a 7 oz. jar of roasted red peppers, drained on paper towel and diced
  • two handfuls of baby spinach
  • half a package of pepperjack style shredded daiya cheese (optional)

Tempeh Scramble


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot, jalapeno and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add crumbled tempeh and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in spices and cook for an additional minute or two. Reduce heat to medium low. Add water as needed if it begins to dry out or stick.
  5. Add roasted red pepper and spinach. Cook until spinach begins to wilt, stirring occasionally.
  6. Mix in cheese and stir until it has melted.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.


This would probably serve 4 people but since my husband and I are pigs it only served two along with some toast and jam. The only thing missing was some fresh fruit. I was a little disappointed with that jalapeno though. It didn’t bring the heat like I expected it to so I felt the flavor was lacking. Other than that I think it turned out well. I hope you enjoy it too. Don’t forget to make it your own.

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