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
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)
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!