Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  313
  • Protein  15 g
  • Carbohydrates  25 g
  • Fat  17 g
  • Cholesterol  2 mg
  • Sodium  187 mg
  • Potassium  437 mg
  • Phosphorus  208 mg
  • Calcium  115 mg
  • Fiber  5.5 g

Tempeh Pita Sandwiches

The next time you have a craving for a sandwich with crunch and a nutty flavor, try Tempeh Pita Sandwiches, a vegetarian favorite. In addition to fitting into a kidney-friendly diet, Tempeh Pita Sandwiches are low in cholesterol and saturated fat and high in fiber at 5.5 grams a serving.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Sara from California.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1/2 pita with 3 slices tempeh


  • 8 ounces tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 2 pieces pita bread, 6-inch size
  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise


  1. Cut tempeh into 12 slices. Thinly slice onion, bell pepper and mushrooms.
  2. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil over medium heat. Add sliced tempeh and cook each side for 3 to 4 minutes until browned. Add balsamic vinegar and cook one minute; flip and cook an additional minute. Remove tempeh from skillet.
  3. Add remaining sesame oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and mushrooms and cook until tender.
  4. Cut pita in half and open to form a pocket. Spread each half with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise. Add 3 pieces tempeh and 1/4 the vegetable mixture to each pita half. Serve immediately.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For a flavor change replace sesame oil with your favorite flavored oil.
  • Tempeh made from whole soybeans mixed with rice or millet., then fermented. It has a nutty-flavor and absorbs flavors from marinades or seasonings added during cooking.

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Tempeh Pita Sandwiches

laura says:


I need 3 meat and 1 veg. Please. Dietitian comment: Increase your portion of tempeh to 6 slices instead of 3 slices to closer meet your protein goals.

Dec. 09, 2013, 11:15 AM - Inappropriate review?

Tempeh Pita Sandwiches

cats says:


I was told soy beans had 211mg per 1/2 cup, which is extremely high for one with renal disease. Moderator comment: The portion of tempeh for one serving contains less than 1/2 cup soybeans. The phosphorus and potassium content for one serving is still acceptable for a low phosphorus, low potassium diet.

Oct. 03, 2012, 4:52 AM - Inappropriate review?

Tempeh Pita Sandwiches

EWaterfield says:


i think that this recipe is great.However I have a thyroid problem and soy is a no no for me. Any other receipes ?

Sep. 25, 2012, 1:17 PM - Inappropriate review?

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