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Goat Cheese and Kale Wrap w/ Blackened Tempeh

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Someone just asked me what my signature dish is. 

Umm... uhhhhh... OH CRAP. I don't have a signature dish. How does a blogger who's been doing this for three years not have a signature dish? 

Goat Cheese and Kale Wrap w/ Blackened Tempeh

That's just a snippet of my inner dialogue when that question came to me. You can just imagine how many times throughout the rest of my day that question pestered me. Quite a few! How does one even come up with a signature dish? What if you're the only one who likes your signature dish enough to call it a signature dish? 

I guess I should by asking what the standards of a signature dish even are. Wikipedia says that a signature dish is "a recipe that identifies an individual chef... it should be unique and allow an informed gastronome to name the chef in a blind tasting..." So, if a blind-folded friend of mine were to be spoon-fed several different dishes, he/she should be able to identify which is mine?

 I have no idea. What's my cooking style? What are my go-to flavors? I'm getting a bit stressed, if you can't tell. Do any of my favorite bloggers have their own signature dish? Should I even be stressing? 

Goat Cheese and Kale Wrap w/ Blackened Tempeh

Maybe I should just start by constructing the block of terms I want to come to mind when people think of me: creative, simple, enticing, appetizing, nourishing both nutritionally and emotionally, balanced, unique. Isn't that how every blogger - maybe every person, for that matter - wants to be thought of? Probably. 

If there's one thing I think I have nailed-down in this whole "signature" thing, it's my writing. Readers and family and friends always tell me they can practically hear my voice when they read my writing. Welp, I guess that's step one, right? They also tell me they know my photography style. Step two: check. 

Step three (that darn signature dish): unchecked. Blank. Can I fill in this blank more than once? After all, I create recipes of all types - breakfast, baking, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts, and drinks - and I'm somehow supposed to pick just one? Ugh. That's like asking me what my favorite food or my favorite thing to cook is (I usually just say "sweet potatoes") . I don't knowwwwww. I like pretty much everything! And I like everything I make! 

Okay okay, I'll stop stressing and just pick a few. Here are some of my favorite dishes: 

  1. Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Rolls w/ Coconut Cream Icing (Vegan)
  2. White Bean Salad Sandwich (Vegan)
  3. Cajun-Spiced Crispy Chickpea Sweet Potato Stir-fry (Vegan, GF)
  4. Whole-Wheat Blueberry Almond Cookies
  5. Cauliflower and Spinach Mac n' Cheeze (Vegan, GF)

Obviously I'm diggin' this wrap, too, because goat cheeeeeeeese. And the tempeh is pretty bomb diggity, might I add. For now, I'm going to munch on this, brainstorm recipes, and hope God gives me a bangin' signature dish. 

Makes 2 wraps

1 block tempeh, sliced
Honey Ginger Marinade
2 whole-grain tortillas (I prefer these)
1/2 avocado, slcied
2-3 tbsp. goat cheese
2 cups chopped kale
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. grapeseed oil, for the pan

  1. Begin by pouring a batch of Honey Ginger Marinade over the tempeh strips and refrigerate 4-8 hours. 
  2. When the tempeh is ready, heat grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium heat. I lightly scraped off some of the marinade, as it was very thick and wouldn't allow the tempeh to cook through (you can save whatever you scrape off). Lay the tempeh strips in the pan and cook about 2-3 minutes each side, or until browned and crisped. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  3. In a bowl, combine the olive oil and kale and massage until tender. Set aside.
  4. Spread goat cheese evenly among the two tortillas, down the middle of each. Lay 1 cup of kale on each tortilla, followed by avocado strips, tempeh, and a bit of marinade, if desired. 
  5. Roll tortillas tightly and slice in the middle. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for the next day. 
  6. Enjoy!
Goat Cheese and Kale Wrap w/ Blackened Tempeh