The Athlete’s Plate Challenge

About two weeks ago I was contacted by some friends that informed me that there was a site titled ‘The Athlete’s Plate’.  It was a great looking site and I reached out to the writer of the site, Matt.  Over the course of a number of email exchanges we have come up with a Top Chef/Chopped/Iron Chef type feature, that we will be calling The Athlete’s Plate Challenge.  We will be using the same ingredient, chosen by our readers, and cooking it and then posting the recipe and picture on the Friday of the week that the ingredient is chosen.  We are still figuring out how often we will post this challenge (every 2 to 3 weeks.)

Matt is a student at the University of Alabama and has a true passion for cooking and sports, which made the decision to partner with him very easy.  As it turns out he is from the Dallas area as well which makes this feature even more exciting.

Since this is our first week we have chosen the ingredient (we both had it on hand) and that ingredient is TEMPEH.

From Wikipedia:  Tempeh(/ˈtɛm.peɪ/), or tempe (Indonesian), is a traditional soy product originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeansinto a cake form, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty. Tempeh is unique among major traditional soy-foods in that it is the only one that did not originate in the East Asian Cultural Sphere.

So you will be able to view two great recipes using the same ingredient and that will open up your creativity to making a dish of your own with the ‘secret’ ingredient.

Come back on Friday to see the delicious and healthy dishes that were created by Matt and myself and be sure to leave a comment with an ingredient you want us to use in making a dish.



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  1. JenniferLeah says:

    I love it!! This will be a fun feature to follow and I am sure some wonderful recipes will come out of it!
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  2. Kovas says:

    Great idea Jason, nice to see you working together!

  3. Jim says:

    Great idea – It’ll be fun to see what you two come up with. My stomach eagerly awaits!

  4. Molly says:

    very cool, my vote is for quinoa!
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  5. Scott says:

    Nice partnership

    My newest loves are spinach and black beans

    And fruity desserts, something easy just using fruit without any type of cake or crust to it

  6. Tri-james says:

    Awesome – I’ll be watching!
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  7. Morgan says:

    Love it!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what y’all do with this challenge! I think it’s going to be a great weekly/biweekly feature! Have fun guys and may the best man win!
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  8. jennifer says:

    Fantastic idea… love it. Not sure why this shouldn’t be a weekly thing! I vote for fennel (just discovered it, love it, but it’s got a very unique, distinctive flavor and I’m not sure exactly what to do with it.)
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  9. Marlene says:

    What a great idea!!! I look forward to seeing how it unfolds!
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  10. katie says:

    ooh, i love this idea!! can’t wait!
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  11. Jason says:

    Jennifer – maybe it will evolve into a weekly feature but we both have so much going on that it is hard to stop and sit to create a recipe on a weekly basis. Especially since we want our readers to vote on the winner and a new ‘secret’ ingredient.

    We both post food items regularly so please be sure to come back to both of our sites and you will be filled with recipes and ingredients.

  12. Jason says:

    thank you all for your encouragement. Matt and I are both excited to be working together to bring you all wonderful and healthy dishes. Who knows, maybe this is the start of a new cooking show on FoodTV or Cooking Channel.

  13. What a fun idea! I follow Matt’s blog too and love how you two are getting together to do this!
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  14. Mandy says:

    I have some tempeh and I don’t know what to do with it so I can’t wait to see this. I also LOVE Iron Chef and DVR it, so I absolutely LOVE this idea! I would like to see a battle sietan because I am terrified of it.
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  15. Awesome, can’t wait to see how it turns out :D

    Sweet Potatoes!! You can’t go wrong with them :)
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    • Jason says:

      I made a dish with sweet potatoes for dinner tonight.

      Go to the Athlete’s Plate on Facebook and you can see pictures of it.

  16. Nora says:

    Looking forward to hearing about it!!

  17. Chris K says:

    Hi Jason, thanks for stopping by and your very kind Comment on my Blog. I’m a bit of a foodie myself and love Top Chef. This looks like an interesting Blog. Yes, you can snag anything you want from my site. Thanks again.

  18. Jill says:

    This is a great idea, I’ve been following Matt for awhile now and have gotten some great ideas from him so I am anxious to see what you guys throw together! :)

  19. Chuck says:

    I’ve been following the blog for a while! I love the Athlete’s plate- looking forward to these challenges!

  20. lindsay says:

    i think it’s great that you guys are joining forces on this :)


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