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Sweet Potato Pizza with Barbecue Tempeh and Bean Béchamel

With a soft and dense base, this isn’t like traditional pizza dough, but it’s filling, satisfying, full of flavour, and probably too nice to share. But if you insist on sharing, this will serve 2.

Ingredients

For the Base

700g sweet potato, peeled, cooked, and cooled until tender
100g rolled oats
100g coarse wholemeal flour (or flour of your choice)
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

For the Béchamel

1 cup white beans (I used butter beans)
11/2 cup soy milk
2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 tbsp yellow miso
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder

For the Tempeh

150g tempeh, steamed for 15 minutes, and chopped small
2 tbsp barbecue sauce
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp soy sauce (or to taste)
1 tbsp maple syrup

To assemble

Steamed kale, as desired

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Line a 9″ dish with silicone or parchment (I used a loose-bottomed flan tin for easy removal).
2. In a food processor, blend the sweet potato. Add the oats, flour, flaxseeds, garlic powder, and salt until potatoes are smooth and all ingredients are well combined.
3. Place the potato mixture into the prepared dish and smooth out. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the top starts to turn golden.
4. Meanwhile, make the béchamel by blending all the ingredients.
5. Mix the barbecue sauce, water, soy sauce, and maple syrup in a shallow dish. Add the tempeh and toss.
6. When the potato is ready, invert onto a baking tray and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes more until what is now the top is lightly golden.
7. Remove from the oven, spread with béchamel, add kale, top with tempeh, and bake for 10 minutes more. Cut and serve.

Oil-Free Sambal Stir Fry

Warming but not overly spicy, with plenty of fragrant aromatics, this is a great way to enjoy a stir fry without the oil. This recipe serves 2-4, depending on the quantity of noodles used.

Ingredients

300g tempeh (approx.)
1 head of broccoli, in florets
2 pak choi, chopped; stems and leaves separated
1 red pepper, finely diced
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 heaped tbsp suitable-for-vegans sambal oelek paste
1 heaped tbsp suitable-for-vegans garlic ginger paste
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Soba noodles, to serve

Directions

1. Steam the tempeh for about 12 minutes to remove the bitter flavour. Place the broccoli in another steamer basket on top and steam for 3 minutes more. When cooked, plunge broccoli into a bowl of cold water to stop it cooking. Drain as soon as it’s cool.
2. Meanwhile, mix the soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, pastes, lime juice, and cornflour, and set aside.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat. Cube the tempeh, and add to the frying pan, and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden on each side (about 8 minutes). Set aside and keep warm.
4. Add the broccoli and pak choi stems to the frying pan, along with a splash or two of water or vegetable broth. Cook for about 4 minutes, until the broccoli starts to soften. Add the pak choi leaves, red pepper, and tempeh, until pak choi is wilted (about 2 minutes).
5. Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions.
6. Add the sauce to the vegetables and tempeh, and allow the sauce to reduce and thicken slightly (about 2 minutes).
7. Serve the rice noodles with the vegetables and sauce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Tempeh-Potato Bake with Caramelized Fennel and Red Onions in a White Wine and Dijon Mustard Gravy

The beautiful aniseed flavours of fennel are tempered in this dish by the caramelizing process and they blend perfectly with the earthiness of the cabbage and the umami notes of the tempeh. This is an oil-free dish and it serves 4-6 (depending on appetite!). If you use a mandolin, it will make slicing the onions, fennel, and potatoes much easier.

Ingredients

227g block tempeh
300g cabbage, shredded
2 red onions, very finely sliced
1 bulb fennel, very finely sliced
1kg potatoes (skins left on), very finely sliced
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp balsamic vinegar

For the Tempeh Marinade
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp smoked paprika

For the Gravy
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup suitable-for-vegans white wine
3 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp suitable-for-vegans Dijon mustard
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Steam the tempeh for 15 minutes, slice into thin strips and then each strip into thirds. Mix the tempeh marinade ingredients together in a shallow bowl, and add the tempeh. Toss to coat.
2. Preheat a large nonstick or stainless steel frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onions, fennel, and salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the volume is greatly reduced and the vegetables are lightly coloured. If the vegetables start to stick, add a splash or two of water. Add the rest of the salt, the maple syrup, and the balsamic vinegar. Cook for 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Add the cabbage, and cook until starting to soften.
3. Make the gravy by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking.
4. Spray a large casserole dish with suitable-for-vegan spray oil, and layer half of the potatoes in the bottom, overlapping them. Layer on the tempeh, and then the onion-fennel-cabbage mixture. Top with the remaining potatoes. Pour over the gravy. Cover the dish tightly with foil.
5. Bake for 45 minutes; remove the foil, and bake for 15 minutes more until the potatoes are soft and golden.

Sweet Potato and Tempeh Stew

A very easy recipe with lots of interesting flavours and textures that’s ready in about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

1 red onion, in medium dice
250g mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
220g tempeh, cubed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
150g sugarsnap peas, roughly chopped
1 l vegetable broth
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 heaped tsp cornflour mixed to a paste in a little cold water

Directions

1. Sauté the onion and mushrooms in a large soup pot over a medium-low heat until softened (2 minutes), adding a splash of broth if the vegetables start to stick.
2. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
3. Stir in the tempeh, sweet potato, sugarsnap peas, vegetable broth, mixed herbs, smoked paprika, and soy sauce.
4. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.
5. Stir in the cornflour mixture and allow to simmer for about 2 minutes to allow the liquid to thicken.

Tempeh au Poivre

A rich and decadently-flavoured dinner that takes just 30 minutes to prepare, including marinating time, this tempeh au poivre is best accompanied by roasted vegetables and potatoes, or steamed greens and French fries. It serves 2.

Ingredients

1 block tempeh (approx. 250g), halved

For the Marinade

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion granules
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dill

For the Sauce

1 1/2 cups soy (or other all-plant) milk (1/4 cup set aside)
2 heaped tsp suitable-for-vegan Dijon mustard
2 tbsp crushed peppercorns
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp cornflour

Method

1. Steam the tempeh for 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make the marinade by mixing all the ingredients in a shallow bowl.
3. Place the tempeh into the marinade and turn to coat. Leave to marinate for 15 minutes while you make the sauce. Meanwhile, preheat a griddle pan or health grill to high, or a regular frying pan to medium.
4. Mix 1 1/4 cup soy milk, mustard, peppercorns, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a simmer, whisking. Mix the cornflour into the remaining 1/4 cup soy milk. Add this paste to the sauce, whisking all the time. Allow to thicken, and turn off the heat while you cook the tempeh.
5. Fry the tempeh 3-5 minutes each side until golden and heated through. Serve with the sauce.

Lime-Marinated Tempeh Skewers

A very simple dish that’s perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining. This serves 2.

Ingredients

1 tbsp hot lime pickle (if you can’t find this, use the juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp mango chutney, and a pinch of chilli flakes
2 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp dried mint, or 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh mint
lime rind, to garnish
200g tempeh, steamed 15 minutes and then cubed
1 red pepper, coarsely chopped
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
8 cherry tomatoes

Method

1. Soak four bamboo skewers in boiling water.
2. Mix the pickle, tamari, vinegar, maple syrup and mint in a large, shallow bowl.
3. Add the tempeh, and toss to coat. Leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
4. Load your veggies and tempeh onto the skewers, brush with some marinade and griddle, grill or barbecue until cooked. These were cooked on a griddle pan for 10 minutes.
5. Serve with rice, with remaining marinade poured over, and garnish with lime rind.

Turmeric, miso stew with tofu, tempeh, mushrooms, and potatoes

Sweetened with dates, thickened with flax, and finished with baby kale, this is a rich, spicy stew with lots of strong flavour and colour. If you’re not a turmeric lover, keep the amount low to start.

Ingredients

1/4 cup water
1/2t coarse sea salt
2T scallions, finely chopped (reserve a few inches of green for garnish)
1-3t dried, ground turmeric (to taste — I use 1T)
1T fresh garlic, minced
1t fresh ginger, grated and minced
1/2t dried, ground cumin
1/2t dried marjoram, rubbed
1/4t dried red chilis (or to taste — I use about 1/2t)
1 cup cremini mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced, about 1/8″
125g extra firm, high quality tofu, 1/3″ cubes
125g tempeh, 1/4″ cubes (use pasteurized)
1 1/2 cups potatoes, 1/3″ dice (I use organic russets)
1/2 cup dried, soft dates, pitted and finely chopped
1T lemon juice
1 ‘sprig’ dried kombu, about 2″
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups unsweetened plant milk
3T red miso (or more, to taste)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1T sesame seed butter
2T milled flax seed
3 cups loose baby kale (leave a few leaves for garnish)
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: White, yellow, or other shades of miso will work, but they’ll change the final colour. Use freshly grated turmeric (start with 1T) if you have an easy source. Leave out the garlic if you prefer. A little shredded cabbage added with the plant milk and/or a little cilantro for garnish wouldn’t hurt. Add some fresh blueberries to brighten up the flavour.

Method

Warm a large frying pan with a lid on medium heat. Add the water, sea salt and scallion. Water saute for 2 minutes. Add the turmeric, and other herbs and spices. Saute another minute.

Add the mushrooms. Saute for another 2 – 3 minutes. Add the tofu, tempeh, potatoes and dates. Saute another 2 minutes. Add the lemon and deglaze the pan (if necessary).

Add the stock, bring the pan to a light simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover, add the plant milk. Increase heat to medium low.

Simmer another 30 minutes or so uncovered on low heat (as low as you can set it but still simmer) stirring periodically. Remove from heat. Remove the kombu. Add the miso, nutritional yeast, sesame seed butter, flax and kale. Stir to combine.

Let stand 2 minutes to cool. Season to taste. Ladle out into bowls. Garnish with scallion green sliced on an angle and a few scallion greens and serve.

 

 

Warm tempeh and soft wheat salad with broccoli, red pepper and fresh raspberries

A warm fall salad with a variety of bold flavours, colours and textures. Rye berries will work in this dish as well; increase the cooking time to about 1 hour and add the tempeh after 15 minutes.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of soft wheat berries
2 cups of vegetable stock
1 ‘brick’ of pasteurized tempeh (250g) in 1/2″ cubes*
1/4t of coarse sea salt
1/4t of coarse salt
1 scallion, minced
1 red pepper, cored, seeded and cut in 1/2″ dice
2 cups of brocolli florets broken up in to about 1″ pieces
3T of cooking oil
1T of lemon juice
1T of agave nectar
2t of tamari
2T of nutritional yeast
1/2 cup of fresh raspberries, chopped**
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

In a pot with a lid, bring the stock to a light boil.
Add the wheat berries, the cubed tempeh, and the 1/4t of sea salt.
Cover, reduce to low and simmer 40-50 or until the water is absorbed and the wheat is soft. Add a little water if you start to run out of moisture.
When the wheat is done, in a frying pan, bring the oil to heat on high.
Add the sea salt and scallion and stir fry for 1 minutes.
Add the broccoli and red pepper and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add the lemon, tamari and agave.
Stir to combine.
Add the tempeh, wheat and nutritional yeast.
Stir to combine and remove from heat.
Add the nutritional yeast.
Stir to combine.
Season to taste.
Plate and garnish with the chopped raspberries.

*Make sure to use pasteurized tempeh or to pasteurize your tempeh separately before preparing it using this recipe. Tempeh from a standard grocery store will often be pasteurized, but be sure to check the label. The recipe requires cooking longer than the time normally required for pasteurization, but better safe than sorry.

Collard green wraps with tempeh, eggplant and potato and a smoky peanut sauce

Garnished with a little sauerkraut and red Thai chili, this is a simple wrap with a lot of rich flavours.

Ingredients

For the collard greens
6 medium sized collard green leaves (e.g., 6″ long, 4″ wide)
Warm water to cover
1t coarse sea salt

For the filling
1T cooking oil
3/4t coarse sea salt, divided
1T fresh garlic, minced
1t fresh ginger, minced
1 dash liquid smoke
250g tempeh, shredded coarsely
1 medium eggplant, shredded coarsely (about 2 cups worth)
1 medium white potato, shredded coarsely (about 1 cup)
1T white vinegar
2T tamari
2 cups vegetable stock
A sprig of kombu (about 2″)
1/4 cup crunchy unsweetened, unsalted peanut butter
2T nutritional yeast
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the garnish
6T sauerkraut
2T red Thai chili paste or other hot sauce to taste

Directions

Soak the collard leaves in warm, lightly salted water for about 15 minutes.
Remove, and set the collards aside to dry while you make the sauce.
Shred the vegetables and toss with 1/2t coarse sea salt.
Let stand ten minutes, and then drain any liquid.
Lightly rinse to remove some of the salt.
Shred the tempeh (it may crumble during the process –that’s fine).
Bring the oil to heat in a frying pan on medium-high with 1/4t coarse sea salt.
Add the garlic, ginger and smoke and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the eggplant, potato and tempeh.
Saute for 3-5 minutes or until the pan starts to brown.
Add the white vinegar and tamari and deglaze the pan.
Add the vegetable stock and kombu.
Cover reduce heat to low, and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring here and there.
After 40 minutes, the liquid in the pan should be quite reduced.
If not, remove the lid and cook until there’s only half a cup of moisture in the pan.
Remove the kombu.
Add the peanut butter and nutritional yeast and stir until well-combined.
Remove from head and let cool 5 minutes.
Season to taste.
Add 1/6 of the filling to each roll (about 2/3 cup give or
take).
Garnish each roll with roughly 1T of sauerkraut and 1t of hot sauce.
Roll up like a burrito or temaki (a sushi hand roll) and serve.

Tacos with spicy tempeh, white miso sauce and baby greens

Soft, hand rolled corn tortillas, warm spicy tempeh and lime accented greens make this a lovely and flavourful dish. Fresh tortillas are terrific and when you make them from scratch, you control all of the ingredients. Be sure to use masa harina rather than regular corn flour
for this recipe. This makes eight small tacos.

For the tempeh
1T cooking oil
1T fresh garlic, minced
1T red Thai chili paste (or similar and/or to taste)
250g tempeh, crumbled (use pasteurized)
1/4 cup tamari (or to taste)
1 cup vegetable stock
1/4t coarse sea salt

For the tortillas
1 1/2 cups masa harina
1/2T ground flax seed
1/2t coarse sea salt
1 cup hot water

For the white sauce
1 cup unsweetened plant milk (I use soy)
1/4t coarse sea salt
1T white vinegar
1T sesame seed butter
1T white miso
2T tapioca flour dissolved in 2T cold water
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the greens
1T olive oil
1t lime juice
1/4t coarse sea salt
1T nutritional yeast
1 cup loose baby kale
1 cup loose baby spinach

For the garnish
1/2 cup passata (or tomato puree)
1/2t red Thai chili paste (or similar and/or to taste)
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste.
2T nutritional yeast

First, start the tempeh, then the tortillas, the white sauce, the greens and the garnish.
In a frying pan with a lid, bring the oil and sea salt to heat on medium high.
Add the garlic and chili and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the tempeh and fry for 3-5 minutes.
Add the tamari and deglaze the pan.
Add the stock, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
While the tempeh simmers, make the tortillas.
Mix the dry ingredients and add the water.
Stir to form a smooth, pliable dough, neither too dry nor moist.
If the dough is too wet, add more masa 1T at at time; if too dry, add water 1T at a time.
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, and flatten each into a 2-3″ round disk.
Cover the dough with a damp cloth while you press the tortillas.
Heat a frying pan on medium high heat.
If you have a tortilla press, follow the instructions provided.
If you don’t, roll the tortillas out gently between two sheets of plastic wrap into rough circles about 1/8″ thick, about 5-6″ in diameter.
It’s the peeling of the tortilla that’s of the most difficult part — go slowly.
Carefully peel and add the tortilla and cook until the top of the tortilla is start to look dry.
Flip and cook the other side (it should be about 1 minute each side, a little more on the first, a little less on the second).Little brown spots make a tortilla look lovely.
Repeat for the remaining 7 tortillas and cover with a warm, very lightly damp tea towel.
Let them rest for about 20 minutes to cool and soften until you’re ready to use.
The tortillas will keep, but you’ll likely have to steam them to use them later.
At the 40 minute mark, preheat the oven to 450F.
In a shallow pan with sides, bake the tempeh for another 20 minutes or until the moisture has been absorbed the tempeh has started to brown. Ovens vary; use the colour as your guide. Don’t overcook.
Start the white sauce and broil the tempeh for another 5 minutes.
In a small sauce pan, bring the soy milk to a simmer.
Add the sea salt, miso, sesame seed butter and vinegar.
Stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes uncovered.
Slowly add the tapioca solution stirring continuously until it thickens.
Remove from heat and season to taste.
Remove the tempeh from the oven.
Let the white sauce and the tempeh cool for a few minutes.
While they cool, whisk the dressing for the greens and toss.
Whisk the ingredients for the garnish.
To assemble, fill each tortilla with 3-4T tempeh, 2T white sauce, 1/4 cup greens and then about 2t passata
mixture.
Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and serve.