Tempeh is a chewy, rich-flavored soybean cake that comes in various flavors. It can also contain grains such as quinoa, rice, or barley. It's great marinated and grilled, or in stews and chilis. Tempeh can be found in health food stores.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced carrot
1 (8-ounce) package tempeh, crumbled
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in purée, undrained
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup bottled hot-and-spicy barbecue sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns
How to Make It
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and tempeh, and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and next 6 ingredients (tomatoes through salt). Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook an additional 3 minutes or until mixture is slightly thick. Serve on hamburger buns.
If your special occasion is an informal lunch or dinner, this is great. I really enjoyed these sandwiches. I did substitute gold bell and a red jalapeno for the carrots and needed to add a bit more tomato. We also added hot sauce at the table. Served with baked sweet potatoes and steamed yellow crookneck squash.
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