Here’s a classic that still satisfies today and can be added to your list of easy-to-make meals, a vegan version of Sloppy Joe’s. Keep it simple, right? Serve with a salad and you’re ready to go. If you don’t have any buns you can toast regular bread. A pita pocket or English muffin would even do.
And if you’re trying to cut down on bread, serve it open-faced and eat it with a fork.
If you’re not familiar with tempeh (pronounced tem-pay), it is a soybean “cake” that has been fermented which means it has probiotics much like live yogurt cultures do and it also has more protein (31 grams in one cup) and fiber than tofu.
Tempeh is available in different combinations from “regular” soy tempeh, being only soybeans, to tempeh with grains or flaxseeds added and also flavored tempeh such as smokey maple tempeh bacon which is great on a BLT.
Oh, and if you see some black on your tempeh from the store, this is a normal occurrence from the fermentation process.
These plant-based sandwiches are a must-try:
- Tofu Eggless Salad Sandwich
- Tempeh Reuben Sandwich
- Tempeh Asian Lettuce Wraps
- Black Bean Mushroom Burger
- Pita Falafel Sandwich with Tahini Sauce
Anything other than black or white on your tempeh is inedible. Organic and non-GMO are available. Tempeh is great to use as a ground meat substitute in many dishes such as spaghetti, chicken salad sandwich, and tacos.
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- 2 8 oz. packages tempeh original soy, crumbled
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1 16 oz can tomato sauce
- 3 tbsp yellow mustard
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire sauce
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Saute the onion, garlic and green pepper in water or vegetable stock until they begin to wilt.
- Add the crumbled tempeh and the rest of the ingredients. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more tomato sauce or catsup and/or water.
- Simmer until all of the flavors have had a chance to mingle.
- Serve over whole wheat toasted buns with your favorite fixins' such as pickles.