March 16, 2012

BBQ Tempeh Sloppy Joes

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If you've never tried tempeh before, this is a great recipe to introduce you to this awesome food. Get ready because these sandwiches really live up to their name - they are sloppy to the max! My husband says he's going to start eating them open faced with a fork. Not a bad idea. Although I can't help but think your fingers will be left with no BBQ-y goodness to lick off when you're done :) Whatever your method of consumption, enjoy this tasty remake!


Vegan, gluten-free (with gluten-free buns)

Ingredients
8 oz. package tempeh (I use organic 3 grain from Trader Joe's)
1 cup BBQ sauce (I use Bold & Smoky Kansas City style from Trader Joe's)
1 green bell pepper
1 small onion
1/2 cup vegetable broth
4 hamburger buns

Directions
Cut tempeh in half, and steam for 10 minutes. (*This step can be omitted, but I've read it helps to remove a "bitter" taste.)
After it cools, crumble tempeh in a bowl. Add BBQ sauce and let marinate for at least 15 minutes, more if you have time.
Meanwhile, dice onion and bell pepper.
Saute onion, bell pepper over medium heat in a large skillet for 10-15 minutes or until soft.
Add BBQ tempeh and broth. Mix well. Bring to simmer, cover, reduce heat, and lightly simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pile onto hamburger buns and enjoy!

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6 comments:

  1. That BBQ sauce is my fave!!!

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    1. Isn't it awesome?? One of these days I gotta put up my homemade BBQ sauce recipe. The TJ's stuff is so good (and convenient) I've only been using that lately!

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  2. Thank you for posting this recipe. I am on a journey to feed my family healthier and eat clean. We all love sloppy joe's. I seriously thought the other day "dang, no more sloppy joes" LOL! I have never tried tempeh, and I can't wait to try this!

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    1. Hi there! That's great you're on a journey to eat healthier - have fun! I love spinning classic dishes into healthier versions. Hope you and your family enjoy this one! Thanks so much for the message :)

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    2. Hi Kaitlin, I made these for dinner last night. Of course I didn't tell my hubby or kids that it was meatless. Kids didn't notice at all. Actually, my 6 year old scraped it off her bun and said she was eating just the meat! My hubby ate 2. He said he knew I had substituted but if was a healthy alternative he was all for it. This will be in our regular dinner rotation. Thanks again!

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    3. Hi again! I LOVE that you tried these and they were a success for you guys! Isn't it great to have a husband who's on board with healthier meals? Mine's the same way and it makes life so much easier! I appreciate you coming back and letting me know you and your family enjoyed them :)

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