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Here’s my basic curry recipe that feeds the two of us generously for a simple, one dish meal.  Feel free to use whatever veggies you like in the same general quantities.  For a bit of fruity sweetness, I suggest adding some chopped pineapple or mango, or garnish with raisins.  This is “mild” on the spicy scale.


1 T coconut oil
1/2 t fenugreek seeds

1/2 small onion, sliced
several cloves garlic, minced

8 oz organic soybean tempeh, chopped

1 carrot, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 stalk broccoli, flowers & stems chopped

1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 t ground turmeric
1 t Garam Masala (blend of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, pepper and coriander)
1 t curry powder blend

8 oz can organic tomato sauce
1/2 C water
1 t red curry paste (Thai Kitchen)
2 t ginger juice (The Ginger People)

2 T full fat unsweetened coconut milk

roasted cashews
toasted pumpkin seeds
finely shredded unsweetened coconut

Veggies - IMG_2664

Tempeh Veggie Curry Ingredients - IMG_2661

Curry Toppings - IMG_2673


  1. Use a large high-sided saute pan that has a lid.
  2. Heat the coconut oil and fenugreek seeds on medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic, onion, and tempeh and stir.
  4. Add the rest of the veggies with the spices and stir.
  5. Add the wet ingredients, except the coconut milk, and stir.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 10 minutes, to soften the broccoli.
  7. Stir in the coconut milk and cook (uncovered) another 5 minutes, to thicken the sauce.
  8. Turn off the burner and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  9. Top with the nuts, seeds, raisins and/or shredded coconut.

Tempeh Veggie Curry - IMG_2668

Tempeh Veggie Curry - IMG_2677

(NSNG = No Sugar No Grains)

The Shire Cafe in Arlington, WA

Yes…there IS a vegetarian restaurant in Arlington, WA.  Who knew?  (Me!)

I actually found out about The Shire Cafe when I started volunteering at  New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary four years ago (which is also located in Arlington).

On Fridays, I scoop the poop at the farm, and then I eat lunch at The Shire Cafe– with the owner of the goat rescue (my friend 🙂 ).  On weekends, after mountain biking, Eric and I like to drop in for a cold Mirror Pond and some dinner.

Located in the same building (the Mirkwood), is Mordor Tattoo.  Savannah did my “vegan” wrist tattoo.

Savannah’s work: my vegan tattoo

The Mirkwood has an ongoing live music schedule.  (Past our bedtimes!)


Back to the food!!

Just about everything on the menu can be made vegan.  There’s always a homemade vegan soup of the day.  Most entrees come with salad, soup or fries.  I highly recommend the soup, no matter what flavor is featured.  Here are some pictures to make your mouth water 🙂 …

Ruben Panini

Taco Salad

“Happy” Chicken Ranch Pizza

Gyro with soup

Calzone with salad


Sweet Potato Fries

Burrito with (extra green and red sauces)

Godzilla Sandwich with Tomato Basil Soup

Happy Chicken Caesar Salad

Veggie Burger and Fries

Taco Pizza

Grilled Veggie Wrap

Happy Chicken Burger and Soup

Pesto Pizza


I ordered a bowl of chili with some french fries.. Mmm.

Gyro with Salad

Grilled Happy Chicken Caesar Wrap

Are you hungry for some vegan food yet?

*April 2018 update: this is no longer a vegetarian restaurant. Vegan options are plentiful, but they do serve animal products.

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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