Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Recipe: Garden Veggie Tempeh Sandwich

Finally!  I have been wanting to do a recipe with tempeh for a while but I haven't had the chance to until now.  For those who don't know (and don't worry, you are not alone) tempeh is a relative of tofu.  However, unlike tofu, the soybeans are not processed- they are smashed together whole.  This leads to a nuttier taste than tofu and one that I find much easier to use and eat without a marinade.  The toppings and type of tempeh are all up to you, I just used what I had on hand.  To make it the recipe vegan, leave off the cheese or use a vegan substitute.  Its great to go meatless a couple nights a week if you can, and with this sandwich I promise that you won't miss it at all.

You will need:

1/3 block garden veggie tempeh (or approximately enough to match the size of bread)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dash of Salt
Dash of Pepper
Refried Beans 
1 slice Muenster cheese
Crusty Roll

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the tempeh and cook on both sides until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes per side)  Add the dash off salt and pepper to side one when you flip it.

Split and lightly toast the roll in a toaster or under the broiler.  Add a thin layer of the beans and guacamole to the bottom of the roll and top with the golden tempeh.  Add the slice of cheese, the top of the roll, and enjoy!

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