Wow! I was a little worried after reading the reviews, but I have to say this exceeded my expectations. Being a vegetarian, I have never cooked with Tempeh. I thought this would be a great way to start and I was right! I only had an 8oz package of Tempeh, so I basically halved the recipe. I also added some white vinegar to the coleslaw, and added some BBQ sauce to the Tempeh mixture after it was off of the flame. I enjoyed this, and I cannot wait to make it again! Great recipe.
Tempeh Sloppy Joes with Coleslaw
Photo: Jan Smith
Topped with cool coleslaw, these saucy sloppy joe sandwiches are a great way to try tempeh for the first time. Substitute wild rice or three-grain tempeh, if available.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 319
- Calories from fat: 28%
- Fat: 9.9g
- Saturated fat: 2.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 3.5g
- Protein: 21.3g
- Carbohydrate: 37.6g
- Fiber: 7.4g
- Cholesterol: 2mg
- Iron: 4.2mg
- Sodium: 727mg
- Calcium: 203mg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
- 1 pound organic tempeh, crumbled
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons water
- 3 cups thinly shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot (about 1 medium)
- 6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes or until soft. Add tempeh; sauté 6 minutes or until beginning to brown.
- Combine tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Add tomato mixture to tempeh; stir to combine. Stir in 3 cups water. Simmer until mixture is thick and liquid is almost evaporated (about 20 minutes), stirring often. Remove from heat; keep warm.
- Combine mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons water, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add shredded cabbage and carrot, tossing well to combine.
- Top each of 6 bottom halves of hamburger buns with about 3/4 cup tempeh filling. Top each serving with about 1/3 cup cabbage mixture, and cover with top half of each bun. Serve sloppy joes immediately.
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