Tempeh 1/4 Pounder (Faux Chicken Sandwich)

*tempeh 1:4 pounder

Tempeh ¬ľ Pounder

Does this satisfy a craving or what? It is absolutely one of the best vegan burgers I have ever had. Simmering the tempeh in broth prior to pan frying “opens up” the tempeh and also softens it, allowing for a ton of flavor to be added into the burger. I dredged mine in a cornmeal coating prior to pan frying giving it more texture and depth as a whole inside the sandwich. Absolutely delicious.

Wheat-free, can be made Gluten-free by using GF bread or rolls

Makes 2 sandwiches¬†(¬Ĺ the recipe for one serving)

          1 block of tempeh (4oz each portion)

1 vegetable “chicken” bouillon or 2c vegetable broth

1 tomato, sliced thin

¬ľ of a small red onion, sliced, thin

yellow mustard

 veganaise

vegan cheese *optional

4 leaves, green leaf lettuce

 prepared ketchup

2 rolls, buns, slices of bread of choice (wheat-free or gluten-free)

Prepare the tempeh:

Cut the tempeh in half. In about 2 cups of water or veggie broth, in a small pot, bring the tempeh and 1 veggie boullion (or broth) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let steep for another 10 minutes covered, allowing the tempeh to soak up the flavor of the broth.

*EXTRA STEP optional…Coating the tempeh

The coating makes for more of like a chicken sandwich style burger, like a breaded cutlet- SUPER YUM…..

2T cornmeal

1T nutritional yeast

1/4t salt

1/4t ground black pepper

Pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/4t chipotle powder

Olive or Grape seed oil for pan-frying

Salt and pepper to taste

In a toaster, place either the sliced bread or rolls in and toast.

Preheat a large sauté pan or skillet, over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Place the tempeh halves in and reduce the heat to low. (*if corn crusting, remove the from the broth and dredge them directly into the cornmeal coating then proceed to the next step.) Pan fry covered 2-3 minutes on each side. If using vegan cheese, after the tempeh has been flipped once, places the slices of vegan cheese on top, 1oz each return the top and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

When the bread is toasted, spread veganaise, mustard, slices of tomato and red onion and top it with a couple of leaves of lettuce. On the other pieces of bread or roll (the other side of the sandwich), put the ketchup.

Place the cooked ‚Äúpatty‚ÄĚ on top of the lettuce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover it with the twin bread or roll with ketchup. Serve with a fermented dill pickle and a side of booch.

*tempeh 1:4 pounder close up

Green *FRICKEN AMAZING* Falafel

*green falafal

GREEN FALFEL 

Unbelievably delicious……this greened Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and lemon tahini sauce or as a main course. Stuff whole grain Pita Bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, lemon tahini sauce, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and eaten like a veggie burger. SO FRICKEN YUM.

Makes over a dozen patties. Can be easily frozen.

3c fresh kale, de-stemmed, torn into small pieces

3c chickpeas, cooked, rinsed, drained (= about 2 cans)

1 onion, rough chopped

1/4c fresh parsley

3T tahini- I use raw

1T cumin

1T pink salt

4 cloves garlic, smashed

1c cooked brown rice

1/2c barley flour

2 lemons, juiced

Olive or grape seed oil for pan-frying.

Combine all ingredients except the barley flour in a food processor and process until a smooth paste is formed. Taste and adjust the seasonings; more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice etc. ßto your liking.

Heat up a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over low heat.

Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the flour and mix in until well incorporated.

Add the oil into the hot pan. With a cookie scoop, scoop out the chickpea mixture and place in the pan, not overcrowding. With a spatula, gently flatten the domes. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until they are golden brown crusted and then flip. Remove to a plate. Eat cold or hot! Serve with Lemon Tahini sauce.

Lemon Tahini sauce 

Juice of 1 lemon

¬Ĺc tahini

pink salt to taste

black pepper

1/4c water

In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until smooth and to the desired consistency. If a thicker sauce is preferred, use less water. Serve over cooked greens, salads, or falafel.

Avocado Tomato Toast

*avocado tomato toast

Avocado Tomato Toast/ Open Faced Sandwich

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 lemon, juiced

1T extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

1 small, ripe tomato, thinly sliced

1 large slice whole grain or Gluten-free Bread

Toast the bread. In a small bowl, smash the avocado with the lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

When the toast is ready, spread the avocado over the entire piece. Top the avocado with the tomato slices. Drizzle with more olive oil and  sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Eat immediately.

SO.YUM.

TLT Sandwich

*TLT

So I know this isn’t huge on the creativity scale of vegan food preparation but with beautiful tomatoes abundant now- why complicate? I have been boycotting Lightlife Foods,¬†as they are owned by ConAgra;¬†a pro GMO (genetically modified organisms) Corporation, but my friend just bought a package of Fakin Bakin and brought it to the house -with a GORGEOUS heirloom tomato on the counter waiting to be dressed-¬†I couldn’t resist ūüôā ….I use Ezekiel Whole Grain Bread, Follow Your Heart Organic Veganaise and the rest is either from my garden or someone else’s.

Tomato Lettuce Tempeh Bakin Sandwich

2 slices whole grain bread, slightly toasted

2t vegan mayo

1 small tomato, thinly sliced

baby greens

salt & peper

*tom

Smoked Tofu Vegetable Salad

*smoked tofu salad

This is my favorite served in romaine lettuce leaves but it also makes a great sandwich filling. It is so easy to make and I love having it in the house as a quick snack option- it light, crunchy and fresh tasting. You can try using different varieties of the baked tofu, they will all produce a slightly different taste.  I ate this for lunch today on whole grain Ezekiel bread, one of my heirloom tomatoes and baby lettuce from the garden.

8 oz Smoked Tofu Lin, broken in chunks

4 stalks celery, roughly chopped

1 large carrot, roughly chopped

1/3 to 1/2c vegan mayonnaise

pink salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor or vita-mix, pulse the celery or turn on low to mince. Remove into a large bowl. Do the same with the carrot and then the tofu. Process the tofu until desired consistency, it should at least be a fine, even. meal. Add into the bowl of veggies. Add the vegan mayo, salt and pepper and with a spoon, mix all of the ingredients together until well incorporated.

*tofu san

Heirloom Tomatos, Garlic, Basil, & Olive Oil with Grilled Artisan Bread

*tomato basil with grilled bread

I had purchased this beautiful heirloom tomato at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and it took me until today to actually think of something to make using it- I didn’t want to cook it; although a fresh Tomato Basil Soup or Gazpacho would have been amazing. A fresh pasta sauce crossed my mind but this thing was 5″ across and GORGEOUS. I have been reading Michael Pollan’s latest book “Cooked” and last night was on the chapter about bread and it lit me up about the local artisan loaf I purchased the same day at the market…10% Rye Sourdough with Sesame. I had eaten a lot of it on Saturday so I sliced it and put it in the freezer. So I knew today was the day. Today was the tomato day. Variations on a theme, there is nothing like the basil, garlic, tomato trilogy; everything local and in season. I ate it as a series of open faced sandwiches, I say a series, because I grilled 4 slices and ate all 4 slices…..

For the tomatoes

Local, fresh, summer tomatoes, preferably heirloom, sliced

plenty of fresh basil

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

fresh hot chili pepper

extra virgin olive oil

pink salt

black pepper

for the bread

artisan loaf of bread

Extra virgin olive oil

garlic, smashed and minced

Heat up the grill or grill pan.

Prepare the bread:

Slice the bread into ¬ľ-1/2‚ÄĚ slices, how ever many slices you and friends will eat (2-3 per person or 4 if I am coming over)

In a small plate, add the garlic, olive oil. Lightly brush the bread slices with the oil and set aside.

Over high heat, place the bread on the grill or pan and close the grill or cover the pan. Let grill for about 3-4 minutes. The bread should easily flip and have gorgeous markings. Once flipped, continue to grill for another 3-4 minutes.

Serve immediately with the fresh tomato slices on top drizzled with more garlic olive oil, salt pepper and basil.

Chickpea Loaf…it’s what’s for dinner…and lunch

ChickPea Loaf

Super easy to make, great for using up leftover grains and beans. Delicious cold as a sandwich the next day!
Super easy to make, great for using up leftover grains and beans. Delicious cold as a sandwich the next day!

2c-cooked chickpeas

1 1/2c cooked brown rice

3 slices toast- made into breadcrumbs or 1-1/2c loosely packed breadcrumbs

1 medium onion, minced

1/4c nutritional yeast

1/4c ketchup

1/4c extra virgin olive oil

1/2c walnuts, chopped *opt

1/8t-1/4t-cayenne pepper or chipotle powder (I LOVE Chipotle Powder)

1/4t ground black pepper

1/2t turmeric

1/2t salt

up to 1/4c water

Topping:

3T ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, rice, breadcrumbs, onions, yeast, ketchup, oil, nuts*, salt, red and black pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or clean hands until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour out the mixture into a lightly oiled loaf pan. With the back of a wooden spoon, fill out the pan. Top the loaf with the remaining ketchup.

Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve with smashed potatoes and sautéed greens; broccoli or kale or a simple salad.

Killer Chickpea Loaf Sandwich 

*Sandwich bread- (I use whole grain Ezekiel)

fresh baby greens

vegan mayo

1″ slice of left over loaf

sriracha sauce

ketchup

salt and pepper