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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How To Have The Best Weekend Ever

Hiya! Happy Monday! How was your weekend?  Mine included this sandwich…

Veggie Thing- Asheville Sandwich Company- West Asheville, NC

…so I guess you could call it a win.

Before I tell you all about this beautiful sandwich though I want to back up and tell you about a few other things that made my weekend great (including Friday because I firmly believe that Friday is part of the weekend and that’s that).

I’m happy to report that on Friday morning I completed a whole hour-long yoga class without pulling my pants down by accident.

Yoga

I also took a 2.5 hour nap on Friday afternoon  because my body doesn’t believe in 20 minute power naps.

Aslan & Buffalo Tempeh

After I woke from my coma nap, I managed to keep the cat from devouring all of the Buffalo Tempeh I made for dinner.  I also managed to make a perfect buffalo sauce using only Frank’s Red Hot,  water, oregano and a whole bunch of garlic (I found the recipe here). I was completely amazed at how easy and delicious it was. I used Smiling Hara Tempeh  and had roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts on the side.   I can totally understand why Aslan wanted some too.

Smoothie Bowl

On Saturday morning I made my first ever smoothie bowl and I blame Erin entirely for the inspiration.  Last week she wrote a post on how to make a perfect smoothie bowl and I was drooling all over my computer.  I’ll admit, I never saw the appeal of pouring a smoothie into a bowl until I actually tried it. It’s so fun to be able to top it with all sorts of things that would never fit through a straw.

In my bowl*

  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Butternut Squash
  • 2 TBSP Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Toppings

  • Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut
  • Oat My Goodness Sunrise Granola (orange, coffee & macadamia nuts…yes, really)

*Measurements are approximate

It kept me full all morning and was so tasty. Definitely give it a try if you haven’t already.  After breakfast, I did level one of the 30 Day Shred along with some hip strengthening exercises and then it was off to vote early! I don’t like to discuss politics on the blog but I just want to say how important it is, no matter who you support, to get out there and vote, and that’s all I will say about that.

Now… back to this sandwich:

Veggie Thing- Asheville Sandwich Company- West Asheville, NC

After we voted we headed to a local sandwich shop, where I proceeded to stuff my face. This, my friends,  is the Veggie Thing from  Asheville Sandwich CompanyEggs, Spinach, Feta, Pico de Gallo, and Potatoes.  Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t know it was going to come buried in fries? I don’t know what I was thinking… maybe roasted potatoes?   I’m not complaining – it was so worth it – I was just really surprised.  So surprised that when I tried to post a picture on Instagram my keyboard stopped working. There were just no words.

We popped over to Odd’s Café after lunch and I got an iced coffee with hazelnut and vanilla syrups mixed in. So good!

Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC

Saturday was my father’s birthday. He would have been 66 and this was the fifth birthday we’ve celebrated without him.  My father loved taking trips to new places on the weekends so that’s exactly what Jeff and I decided to do to celebrate.

Marshall, NC

Marshall is a small, sleepy town nestled into the mountains about 35 minutes north of Asheville.  As we drove into town, we were excited to see a bunch of cute shops, restaurants, and an island park surrounded by the French Broad River.

Marshall, NC

My father loved being near the water and I know he would have loved this little river town.

French Broad River, Marshall, NC

French Broad River, Marshall, NC

We did a lap around the park and then headed over to check out the town. We popped into a little natural foods store, where we bought a bag of coffee bean, stone ground grits, and this delicious iced tea. Have you tried ASITea? Do it!

Asi Honey Blossom & Mint Tea

We explored a little more and I made a mental note of all the cute restaurants and cafes to try, specifically The Sweet Monkey Bakery & Café.  Western North Carolina is seriously a foodie’s dream. I have a mile-long list of places to try but we’re trying to space it out a bit. We’ve been in Asheville since September and I already have so many favorites!

My father was a major foodie and every year on his birthday I like to go out for a meal he would have loved. So after we were done checking out Marshall, we hopped back in the car and drove to have dinner at Mela, our favorite Indian restaurant in Asheville.  The atmosphere in Mela is dark and intimate so I wasn’t able to snap any decent pics, but, believe me, it was delicious. My father loved spicy foods so Jeff ordered Chicken Vindaloo in his honor. I’m a wimp when it comes to hot food so I stuck with the Vegetarian Thali Platter, which included a sampling of four vegetarian dishes with rice. We got garlic naan and raita on the side, because, duh.  And of course no birthday is complete without cake, so we also shared a piece of chocolate mousse cake for him.  It definitely wasn’t an easy day but it made it a little sweeter to celebrate doing the things my father would have loved.

Sunday was a rest day (as all Sundays should be). I ate Indian leftovers for breakfast (no shame) and then spent the day hanging out at Green Sage Café and grocery shopping.  I got this beauty for lunch:

Egg sandwich from Green Sage Cafe, Asheville, NC

Eggs, spinach and feta AGAIN! I’m obviously going through an eggs-for-lunch phase because that’s all I’ve been having for the last couple days.

And now that I’ve written a book, I’ll leave you a picture of this magnet I saw on Saturday.

Juicing

You’re welcome.

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever tried a smoothie bowl? What new places have you explored lately?  What foods have you been obsessed with lately?

Have a great Monday! <3

I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday.

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