Smiling Hara Tempeh Giveaway (CLOSED)

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:

  1. It’s Friday!
  2. It’s my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!!)
  3. It’s time for a GIVEAWAY!

Veggie Lo Mein with Smiling Hara Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh- Rosey Rebecca Blog

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:

BBQ Tempeh, Luella's Bar-B-Que, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

I’ve had BBQ Tempeh at Luella’s Bar-B-Que.

Chipotle-Maple Tempeh, Over Easy Cafe, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Chipotle-Maple Tempeh at Over Easy Café.

Sunshine Bowl with Grilled Tempeh, HomeGrown, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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!

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

Hempeh, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

Buffalo Tempeh, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

I whipped up a quick and easy Veggie Lo Mein, pan-fried the tempeh and threw it right on top.

Veggie Lo Mein with Smiling Hara Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh- Rosey Rebecca Blog

BAM. Easy and delicious.

In case you missed it, here it is again…posed and ready for its close up.

Veggie Lo Mein with Smiling Hara Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh- Rosey Rebecca Blog

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.***

Rules

  1. This giveaway is only open to residents of the 48 Contiguous United States.
  2. You have until midnight on Friday, April 29 to enter.
  3. 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.

Good Luck!

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.

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Vegan Potluck Brunch & A Lazy Sunday

Hey there! Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I spent half of mine with Stepfanie’s cats.

Cat

Oh, and with Stepfanie.  She was there too.

Stepfanie- The Flexible Kitchen

The last time I saw Stepfanie was when we drank kombucha together at Rosetta’s in February, so I was thrilled when she invited me to her vegan potluck brunch this past Saturday.

I was also super excited to try out a new vegan recipe I saw in Vegetarian Times magazine a few weeks ago: Warm Potatoes with Garlic-Turmeric Sauce.

Warm Potatoes with Garlic-Turmeric Sauce

More on the food in a bit though… first, cats.

I got to Stepfanie’s place a little early, and instead of politely keeping her company while she got things ready, I chose to take 5,000 pictures of her cats…

Cats

In her beautiful, bright living room…

…and on her awesome screened-in balcony…

Cats

Priorities. I’ve got em down.

Stepfanie finally lured me away from her cats with the promise of an adult beverage.

Belvoir Fruit Farms

Because Saturday brunch calls for Elderflower Sangria…

Raspberry-infused ice cubes

…with raspberry-infused ice cubes.

Topped off with white wine and sparkling water…

Elderflower Sangria

Oh, and rosemary-infused ice cubes, because Stepfanie’s a frickin’ genius.

After I drank all of the alcohol a little bit, Stepfanie’s other guests began to arrive and then it was time to FEAST.

Vegan Potluck Brunch

And Stepfanie truly did prepare a delicious feast! I wish I could hire her as my private chef.  Either that or show up at her house every night for dinner. I think she’d be cool with that. Right, Stepfanie?

Seriously though, just look at the menu she included on the invite:

‘Elderflower Sangria
Vinho verde, Elderflower Cordial, Rosemary

Hibiscus Iced Tea
Lime juice

Curried White Bean Hummus
Crudites: Cucumber, carrots, radishes

Mini BLT Pitas
Dulse Bacon, Avocado

Marinated Kale Salad
Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Pepitas, Dried Cranberries

Black Sesame-Ginger Quick Bread
Matcha Coconut Cream

I sort of felt like I was going to a restaurant and not to my friend’s house.

Potluck Brunch

She also made an herbed vegan butter and herb crackers FROM SCRATCH.

Potluck Brunch

She ended up using a tempeh ‘bacon’ on the BLTs because she thought Dulse (seaweed) might be a little too intense for those new to vegan food.  I ate 12 three. I also tried the Dulse ‘bacon’ and really liked it but I’ve also been a vegetarian for six years and am used to plant-based substitutes. I can see how it might be weird for those who aren’t.

Here are my potatoes one more time because they were soooo good.

Warm Potatoes and Garlic- Turmeric Sauce

The grocery store didn’t have fingerling potatoes so I just used small multi-colored potatoes. I also couldn’t find purple cabbage and I was in a bit of a rush (I went grocery shopping the morning of the brunch…oops) so I grabbed a container of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. It worked out fine. I think those were the only changes I made to the recipe and everyone loved it!  Definitely try it if you need a quick, easy vegan side dish or a potluck dish.

My plate:

Potluck Brunch

Times 3.  Because, brunch. Duh.

Stepfanie’s friend Sara brought these delicious Vegan Chocolate Balls:

Vegan Chocolate Balls

And I ate them all. Just kidding, I had one. Yum!

Here’s a picture of Stepfanie and me to prove we’re friends and that I didn’t just crash her brunch.

Stepfanie and me

Me: Hey, I’m here for brunch! I brought potatoes!!

Stepfanie: …but we didn’t invite you. I don’t even know who you are.

Me: Whatever. Just take a picture with me for my blog, or else…

::crickets::

And then there were more pictures of cats…because cats.

Cat

Cat

Stepfanie kicked me out when I threatened to steal all of her pets. Just kidding, I left when the party was over, like a normal guest.

It was a great time and I can’t wait to do it again! I love that I’ve made so many new, awesome friends in Asheville through blogging.

Sunday was pretty lazy. I only took two pictures the whole day. I slept in and Jeff and I took our time getting out of the house.  Eventually, after lounging around and eating breakfast, we decided to head over to Lake View Park in North Asheville.

Lake View Park, Asheville, NC

Even after six months of living in Asheville I am still completely blown away by the fact that we live in such a  beautiful place.  We walked the perimeter of the lake and just soaked in the 75 degree weather and the gorgeous mountain views.

We were hungry for lunch by the time we were done walking and headed over to Clingman Café in the River Arts District to grab a couple sandwiches.

Clingman Cafe, Asheville, NC

I ordered the Chickpea Salad Wrap: Chickpeas, Onion, Celery, Pickles, Dill & Spices with Romaine Lettuce, Roma Tomatoes in a Wheat Wrap

As a vegetarian, sometimes I miss tuna salad but I’ve found that chickpeas really do make a great substitute. I’ll have to recreate this at home because it was so delicious, especially with those chips stuffed inside (don’t judge- you know you do it too).

We spent the rest of Sunday lounging, meal planning and deciding on a wedding invitation design.  My best friend/Maid of Honor, Dara, is designing our invites and I can’t wait to see how they turn out and what our guests think.

Today I’m going to Aqua PT and then to check out a restaurant downtown for our rehearsal dinner! Plus grocery shopping. Best. Day. Ever.

What did you do this weekend? Do you love where you live? What is your go-to potluck dish? Let’s chat!

Have a great Monday! <3

I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday!

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