Thursday, February 21

Tempeh Sloppy Joes



Tempeh has been a life saver in my meal planning these days. It's a meat substitute I can get down with. When grated or crumbled and put into dishes in place of ground meat you would hardly tell the difference!

For those of you who do not know what Tempeh is, it's cooked/fermented soy beans mixed with other grains such as millet or barley. It has a slight nutty flavor, and is much more firm then tofu. So all of you tofu haters out there might want to give this a whirl.

A couple months ago I reached out to my Twitter friends for some Tempeh dinner ideas. My friend Madeline suggested Sloppy Joes.

Boy am I glad she gave me that suggestion. My husband loves sloppy  joes or anything smothered in BBQ. He was quite excited for dinner and has requested these several times since! This is a quick weeknight fix using store bought bbq sauce you could use your own homemade sauce in it's place instead. Start to finish this is a meal that could be made in 15 minutes. That's the type of dinner this busy mom likes!



Tempeh Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

2tbs olive oil
2 cups grated tempeh
1 small green bell pepper diced
1 small red onion diced
1 cup BBQ sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Hamburger buns for serving ( I made my own buns)
Coleslaw for topping (here is my recipe for classic coleslaw)

Directions:

In a large fry pan add olive oil, peppers and onions. Sauté until the onions are translucent. Mix in tempeh and fry until tempeh starts to brown. Mix in BBQ sauce, add to burger buns and top with coleslaw.

Make sure you have extra napkins.... this gets sloppy!
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15 comments:

  1. I've never tried cooking with tempeh before, but since you make it sound so easy and delicious, I'm going to have to try it! YUM!

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    1. Oh you should try it! Such a great alternative to ground meat. And it's affordable!

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  2. I have never tried tempeh before, I am not sure where to find it. Near the tofu? This would be about the only way I could get my family on bored, they love sloppy joes!

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    1. Yep it's right next to the tofu. It's a long rectangular package. Your family will never know the difference with enough BBQ slathered on top.

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  3. WE LOVE SLOPPY JOES. NOT SURE IF I CAN SELL MY HUBBY ON TEMPEH LOLOLOLOL

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  4. Oh my - I don't think I've ever tried tempeh before but you totally sold me on it!

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    1. Oh try it! So healthy and really a great protein source!

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  5. Now these sandwiches are super FUN!

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  6. Is it weird that I've never had a sloppy joe? Is it even weirder that these look WAY more appealing than the same dish made with meat?

    Thanks for the recipe, they look delicious! I absolutely love how messy it looks like it would be eating one of those.

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  7. This looks delicious...and I would never have guess it wasn't meat.

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  8. Here in SE Asia, tempwh is sold wrapped in leaves. And the smell when it is at the "ripe" stage... oh-man-awesome!! I usually slice it quite thin, fry it to half-cooked stage, then toss it into a cooked spicy paste that consists of minced garlic, onion and dried chilli; together with a fistful of chopped groundnuts for texture. Just that, and a plate of steaming hot cooked rice... comfort heaven.

    Your recipe... I'm definitely going to try this weekend!!

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