UPDATE (4/30/16): This giveaway is now closed. I will announce the winners on Monday, May 2. Thank you for entering and stay tuned for future giveaways!
Three Reasons To Be Happy:
- It’s Friday!
- It’s my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!!)
- It’s time for a GIVEAWAY!
A giveaway for what, you ask? You’ll just have to keep reading to find out.
One of my very favorite things about Asheville’s food scene is that nearly every local restaurant offers not only one but several great vegetarian/vegan dishes. Another great thing about Asheville is that the local businesses support each other by using each other’s products. It didn’t take long after we moved here last September to notice that many of the restaurants use local tempeh made by Smiling Hara Tempeh as a vegetarian/vegan protein option. It also didn’t take long for me to become completely hooked.
Case in point:
I’ve had BBQ Tempeh at Luella’s Bar-B-Que.
Chipotle-Maple Tempeh at Over Easy Café.
And grilled tempeh on the Sunshine Bowl at HomeGrown.
Not only have I been enjoying Smiling Hara Tempeh out at restaurants, I’ve also been making it at home! I’m not the biggest tofu fan, but I’d eat tempeh any day!
If you’ve never heard of Tempeh, here is what my good friend Wikipedia has to say about it:
Tempeh is a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form…Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins. It has a firm texture and an earthy flavor which becomes more pronounced as it ages.
What I didn’t realize until I found Smiling Hara, though, is that tempeh doesn’t have to be made from soy; it can be made from several different legumes. Smiling Hara carries a Traditional Soy Tempeh and a delicious Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh, but they also make several delicious soy-free varieties, including Black Bean, Black Eyed Pea, and, wait for it, Smoked Salt and Pepper Peanut HEMPEH. Yes, I just said Hempeh: Tempeh made from Hemp Seed. Go figure.
From Smiling Hara’s website:
Here at Smiling Hara, sustainability permeates every aspect of our philosophy. We are committed to using only the highest quality ingredients, grown without GMOs and sourced as locally as possible…Our goal is to educate the general public to the benefits of unpasteurized and low pasteurized tempeh, and bring it into the national spotlight. We are in the process of creating a buzz around tempeh and forging a new trend in the health food world which will contribute to the health and nutrition of our customers, as well as the state of our local economy.
Smiling Hara is run by a husband and wife team named Chad and Sarah, and Sarah and I became friends on Instagram after I posted this picture of Aslan trying to eat my Buffalo Tempeh one night.
It was probably after my 3,000th post about her tempeh that Sarah and I connected through email and she offered to send me some of their other products to try out.
I literally jumped up and down when I opened the box. While I have yet to try the Smoked Salt & Pepper Peanut Hempeh, I ripped that Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh open last night.
I whipped up a quick and easy Veggie Lo Mein, pan-fried the tempeh and threw it right on top.
BAM. Easy and delicious.
In case you missed it, here it is again…posed and ready for its close up.
And now, the fun part!
Smiling Hara Tempeh & Hempeh Giveaway
THERE WILL BE THREE WINNERS!
Sarah has generously offered to send ONE reader a sample pack of Smiling Hara Tempeh and Hempeh (like the one pictured above).
She has also agree to send TWO runners-up coupons to use in Smiling Hara’s online store. Plus stickers! Who doesn’t love stickers?
How To Enter
Simply leave a comment on this post and let me know what you’d make with either the Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh or the Smoked Salt & Pepper Peanut Hempeh. That’s it!
Bonus Entries (Optional)
***Each of the following counts as one additional entry. Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry. Bonus entries will not be counted unless you leave a comment letting me know you completed one of the following actions.***
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- This giveaway is only open to residents of the 48 Contiguous United States.
- You have until midnight on Friday, April 29 to enter.
- I will select and announce a winner on Monday, May 2 via the Random Integer Generator. The winner will have until midnight on Tuesday, May 3 to claim their prize. If the winner does not reply by then, I will choose a new winner on Wednesday, May 4.
Disclaimer: Smiling Hara Tempeh provided me with free product in exchange for my honest review and giveaway. I did not receive any other type of compensation. As always, the opinions expressed on Rosey Rebecca are my own.