Friggin’ Awesome Buffalo Tempeh Wraps
Finally! I’ve been looking forward to this day ever since that mistress tempeh won me over with her meatlike texture. Her soy sister tofu made a crispy deep-fried appeal to win back the love of my taste buds at a Thai restaurant today, but this day belongs to tempeh. Buffalo tempeh.
I am an admitted lover of all things buffalo. The sauce, not the animal. So I guess some things buffalo. Back in my meat-eating days, even when I was a generally healthy eater, a fried buffalo chicken sandwich pretty much trumped everything else on any menu for me. Delicious and impossible to screw up. So when I first tried tempeh, in Szechuan Tempeh with Spicy Peanut Sauce, the tangy, somehow blue-cheesy flavor left me with no doubts that tempeh would be a natural with buffalo sauce.
And by no means did it disappoint. I went on Twitter and asked for some tempeh-cooking suggestions, the response came back “grill it,” and I did just that. Grilling in the middle of the day on a weekday (thank you, grad student-hood) is one of those Zen experiences that just makes you happy to be alive. And I achieved gustatory nirvana when I ate two of these buffalo tempeh wraps within the span of ten minutes. The satori didn’t last too long though, because when you eat so fast and so much that you end up skipping dinner six hours later, you feel sort of terrible for a little while after the binge. But all in all, it was worth it.
There’s not too much to say about them, because wraps are a pretty simple food. I did make a Bobby Flay-esque blue cheese yogurt sauce to spread on the them, so that was kind of fun, but the rest is straightforward. Whole-wheat wraps, lettuce (spinach would have been nice but I didn’t have any), tempeh, buffalo sauce, the yogurt sauce, and some blue cheese crumbles. Simple, delicious, impossible to screw up, and each wrap has over 30 grams of protein!
I could go on for a long time about buffalo wraps in terms of stupid Zen metaphors (today was my once-weekly coffee day so I’m a little amped up), but there’s just no need. The pictures provide all the evidence necessary. And if that’s not enough, the surely my first 5 cows out of 5 rating should do the trick. In the name of fairness and transparency I must tell you that this was a one-man totalitarian decision, since Erin didn’t have any (I didn’t find out she doesn’t really like buffalo sauce until after we were married). So the small sample size makes it likely that the rating is an outlier, but if you’re a buffalo fan like me, make this; you can’t possibly not like this one.
Buffalo Tempeh Wrap Recipe
Ingredients (for 2 big wraps):
- 2 large whole-wheat wraps
- 1 8-oz package tempeh
- 1/2-3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce (make sure it’s Buffalo Wing, not regular Frank’s)
- lettuce or spinach
- a few handfuls of crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup yogurt (I used soy, but Greek or regular would taste best)
- 1 celery rib
- 2 Tbsp minced red onion
- small handful chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- salt and pepper
Heat your grill to high (the oven would work if you don’t have a grill) Rub the tempeh block with oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and about 2 Tbsp of the buffalo sauce. Let sit for 5-10 minutes while the grill gets hot. In the meantime chop the onion, celery and cilantro and mix in bowl with the yogurt and some of the blue cheese to taste. Add salt if desired. Grill the tempeh block for 2 minutes or so on each side, until heated and just marked by the grill.
Slice the tempeh into 1/2 inch slices and toss in a bowl with remaining buffalo sauce. Spread the yogurt sauce on the wraps, top with lettuce or spinach. Add half the tempeh to each and sprinkle with remaining blue cheese, if desired (mine was a little too blue cheesy , so go easy on the cheesy). Fold in the sides, wrap up, and enter buffalo nirvana.
Hey nice recipe. Maybe I can tempt you to over to the dark side of Raw Vegan Athlete… I’m giving it my best shot after years of being a carnivore 🙂
Good on you for doing something differently and being open to change.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of your blog.
Glad you finally tried it. I know you love your buffalo chicken so hopefully this was just as good. I want to try this one out, maybe we will next week.
Found your blog recently and it’s nice to see other vegetarian (or close to it) runners! Though I’m much more of a vegetarian and you’re much more of a runner! We’re both making strides and that what counts. And I love, love, love me some tempeh!
I can’t wait to try this! It’s on our dinner menu for Monday:)
I am so making these next week! And nice blog! 🙂
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I had to try these once I saw your first semi 5 cow rating and even went out and bought bottle of Frank’s…i was not disappointed! DELICIOUS!
I actually got the regular Frank’s hot sauce, not the wing, so mine had a decent amount of heat! Instead of the blue cheese, I mixed some chopped cucumber and dill into the cilantro-onion-yogurt.
SO FREAKIN GOOD! Didn’t feel like anythin was sacrificed taste or fullness-wise. This is a keeper! Thanks!
I love wraps. It’s the easiest and one of the tastiest things to make. Not a vegeterains myself, but maybe I should give tempeh a try…
Tar, haven’t been to the site in a while and I am blown away! This is blog is awesome – really enjoyed reading the entries – very inspiring stuff. I have last month’s burrito and this BTS on my list of meals to muster up – keep up the good work and get those legs moving under 3:11.
These were very good. I have some leftovers waiting for me for lunch too. I also am a buffalo sauce lover as the NMA is and had the Franks wing sauce on hand so I was really looking forward to this one. The best part of the meal is how quick and easy it was to cook with minimal cleanup too. I took Christine’s advice and went with some cucumbers which made the sauce even better.
Not much of a fan of tofu, but now really intrigued by Tempeh! Would I be able to find it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?
I’ve had tempeh in restaurants before, but have never prepared it at home. I plan on doing so soon! Your buffalo tempeh wrap looks delicious. I’m really loving your all of your recipes – keep up the good work!
So we finally tried these wraps…definitely tasty but I have to say that it’s not a 5/5 cows for me:( I enjoy buffalo sauce but I don’t think I love it as much as you do! I would, however, make them again. So far, my favorite use for the tempeh is in an asian recipe.
For those who dislike bleu cheese…we added the cilatro/onion/celery to a little bit of fat free ranch and added a little bit of sharp cheddar cheese.
I’ve been eyeing up this recipe for several days now, and I finally made it for lunch today! It tastes so close to the real thing!! Instead of using the blue cheese yogurt sauce, I substituted a mixture of Vegenaise and fresh chopped cilantro and it came out quite nice. I took a pic- mind if I post about it on my blog with a link to your site? 🙂
I’m new to the whole vegetarian thing and I’ve never tried tempeh. Is it hard to find? Those wraps sounds delish! I love Frank’s Buffalo Sauce and blue cheese. Definitely going to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing!
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This looks really good…I think I’m going to give it a try sometime. I work a wing place and eat the buffalo chicken wraps and sandwiches all the time but would love to replace the deep-fried chicken with something a little bit healthier..I will let you know how it turns out.
My husband is riding in the Das Hugel in Austin Texas this weekend – so we’re carbo loading at home all week – this recipe was Delicious, we ate every last bite!!
Wow! I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years and LOVE new recipes. I just made this for lunch and it made me very very happy. I love your site and thanks for the great recipes!
Thanks so much for this awesome recipe! My boyfriend and I recently discovered the possibility of buffalo-flavored vegetarian food when we had a buffalo soy curl sub up in Portland this summer. This is definitely the next best thing! Nice use of yogurt, too! Just as creamy without the guilt. We will definitely be repeating this meal many times 🙂
It was AWESOME! I made these with my son, it was fun to grill and great to eat. The sauce with yogurt ws great. We used greek yogurt
As I live in the far west of the U.K., I am going to have to make my own Buffalo wing sauce. I’ve got a recipe but it seems to involve large quantities of butter, as do many of the recipes online. In fact one was just hotsauce and butter and nothing else! Any thoughts? Very much looking forwards to trying this recipe.
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