Polenta with Greens, Tempeh and Pesto

Polenta with Greens, Tempeh and Pesto

This recipe will feed two hungry 70lb dogs and two hungry two-legged people.

You need:

  • 500g of organic corn meal (good idea to buy the one for polenta)
  • 2 l of water
  • 1 veg. broth cube
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • 2 heaping tbsp. of nutritional yeast flakes
- Use a large pot - heat the water. Add all the ingredients listed - make sure you stir really well. Turn down the heat to low and keep on stirring until all the liquid is absorbed .​ You might have to add more water if it gets too thick to stir.​
Now add:
2 cups of either spinach or chopped kale (or a mix of both).
Stir the greens into the polenta. Turn off the stove - cover the pot and let it sit while you prepare the rest.


2 packs of Tempeh (Make sure its the plain Tempeh only, found in the freezer department. I usually take it out of the freezer and leave it in the fridge for a day.)

Cut the squares into 9 pieces each - Thats what I do - good size.

Take a heavy bottom frying pan - heat about 2 TB of either coconut oil, or grapeseed oil or sunflower oil - add the tempeh and fry it for about 3 minutes on one side - DO NOT turn it sooner or you ll not have a nice colour to it.

You might have to do it in two frying pans or do the dogs 9 pieces before you do yours - they'll want it cooled off anyway.

While the tempeh is cooking, prepare the pesto:

Combine all these ingredients in a food processor:

  • 8 large Artichokes - in water - 1 c walnut pieces 5 tbsp sunflower oil or olive oil 2 c arugula 2 tbsp lemon juice

Arrange polenta in 4 bowls - add freshly ground pepper on the two portions for the tw0olegged people.

Divide the tempeh in 4 portions arrange on polenta. Top it all up with the pesto - I give the dogs less pesto...
I do drizzle a bit off sunflower or olive oil on top off the dogs dinners.

This recipe is very cost effective at about $22 in total. That is pretty inexpensive when you consider the cost of three cans of dog food - or feeding on the raw meat diet.

Plus you all get really good protein (about 30g per portion)- no fillers. Healthy carbs, fibre ​and good fats.​