Friday, April 10, 2009

Sammiches: BBQ Tempeh with Chipotle Slaw

Alright, guys. It's time to haul out your inner vegetarian. Cuz I've got a sammich here that's gonna make you want to throw your Carnivorous ways aside. At least for an hour or two.

We like to start off with a couple of packages of Bountiful Bean soy tempeh. This stuff rocks. Tempeh is a nutritional super hero -- high in protein, dietary fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, and phytochemicals like isoflavones. The best part is, it's a fermented soy product, which means that your body assimilates the nutrients from tempeh far more easily than it does beans and tofu. Because the enzymes in the protein are partially broken down by the fermentation process, it also doesn't produce any sort of gastrointestinal distress (or gas). The fact that the Bountiful Bean brand is made locally is an added bonus.
We like to take the tempeh and cut it into strips. Then, we nestle it into an 8"x8" glass pan that's filled with a cup or so of homemade barbeque sauce.
Then we take another cup of the sauce and spred it over the top. The tempeh tastes best if it's allowed to marinate in the sauce overnight -- so we try to plan ahead. After the tempeh has marinated in the sauce, we toss it into a 350ºF oven for about 30 minutes until the tempeh has browned a bit and most of the sauce has been absorbed.
While the tempeh is cooking, we make up a batch of our favorite slaw. We like to make ours with broccoli slaw and a hint of chipotle. The smokey flavor is just perfect with the BBQ tempeh, and we can feel good about getting a nice serving of broccoli and carrots with our sammich.
When the tempeh is nicely roasted, we slice open a couple of whole-grain hamburger buns, add a few slices of tempeh and a nice spoonful of the slaw. And we've got ourselves a pretty impressive sammich. Add a side of sweet potato fries, and this is a Friday night dinner that's TOTALLY worth getting excited about.
Don't forget the recipes:

BBQ Tempeh
Chipotle Slaw

This post is our submission to the event, Fight Back Fridays, hosted by Food Renegade. The event promotes the sharing of collective wisdom regarding real, nourishing foods -- and the fight against conventional nutritional thinking. Check it out!

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  1. I've never heard of Tempeh but I love the health benefits. The sammie looks great.

  2. BBQ and slaw are the best combo- we must be on the same brainwave- I am planning on pulling out the chicken for BBQ sammies this weekend- with slaw and sweet tater fries...too weird! I'm gonna try your chipotle slaw recipe.

  3. I love everything except the tempeh. Sorry bout that, but I just don't feel it for that stuff. :/

  4. I've never tried tempeh but this dish just might get me to try it.

  5. Mmm... Tempeh is a nourishing and traditional food that goes waaaayyyy back. So glad you submitted this delicious-looking recipe for it! Now I've got something to try.

    And the chipotle slaw... You had me at chipotle!

    Thanks for joining in Fight Back Fridays today. I hope this inspires others to try out tempeh, too!

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  6. OMG! I'm drooling!

  7. that looks so good...I will have to come over sometime. I cannot cook all.

  8. Funny -- I have thrown my carnivorous ways aside (for the last 25 years now) but I've never developed a taste for tempeh. Lately I've been seeing a lot of really yummy sounding recipes with it though, like this one, so probably it's time to give it another try. The coleslaw looks awesome, and it is almost slaw and BBQ season, after all. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I've never cooked tempeh. You make it look so delicious! I'd love to try it out.

  10. Oh my word it looks delish! Just perfect!

  11. This is just delicious! I don't need to be convinced to eat vegetarian as I do that quite often (much to the dismay of my man...) and this definitely looks like a great one to try!

  12. Okay. I'll be honest I'm not sure about the sammie, I think I need to try one. Now the broccoli slaw? LOVE it!

    Happy Easter/Passover/ or Spring!

  13. I've only had tempeh once, but I really liked it. This looks fantastic and a much healthier take on burgers and fries.

  14. The tempeh sandwich looks really tasty. I'm usually a seitan/tofu gal, but this looks tasty!

  15. i LOVE tempeh, and this looks like a great way to eat it! you have to share your bbq sauce recipe :)


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