Friday, August 25, 2006

Friday Lunch Munch

Pictured is Jason's Friday lunch (mine looked the same). I'd estimate this meal as about 90% local. I really should come up with some type of standard system for rating the "local-ness" of these entries. I'll get on that :)

That's Sloppy Joe mix (recipe below) ready for re-heating and eating with Bakers on Broad multigrain bread and Blooming Glen lettuce. The nearly 100% local salad has Blooming Glen lettuce, tomato, sweet peppers and carrots, our own garden string beans, onion and broccoli, and some totally not local, not organic, canned black olives. I know, I'm so ashamed :P

On my quest for quick, nutritiously-complete, veg*n dinners that are not stir fries, I found this recipe for Tempeh Sloppy Joes at I altered it a bit, increasing the servings by adding TVP, and upping the flavors by adding fresh sweet red bell, poblano, paprika peppers (all local from Blooming Glen), and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.

Serves: 10
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 10- to 12-ounce package tempeh, any variety, finely crumbled
  • 1 cup TVP
  • 1 cup water, stock or broth
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 chopped poblano peppers
  • 1 chopped paprika pepper
  • 1 jar thick tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon each: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper
  • Whole wheat rolls or pita bread
  • Shredded lettuce
Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onion until it is golden. Add the crumbled tempeh and fresh peppers and saute over moderate heat until the tempeh is lightly browned.

Add the remaining ingredients (except the last 2), stir well, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. I kept an extra bit of broth nearby and added as necessary. Serve hot on whole wheat rolls or in pita bread with shredded lettuce.

Jason absolutely loved these, and it's his current favorite dish. Thanks for making me look good, Veg Kitchen :) Of course, thank goodness for the local farmers and bakers, too!


brooke*elizabeth said...

yummy! sloppy joes rock the hizzie!

Emmy said...

Yum, your salad looks great (minus the olives, not an olive fan but my hubby is LOL) And thanks for posting a Sloppy Joe recipe that features both Tempeh and TVP. Sounds delish. I love when people post recipes they've altered. You get more of a sense that the recipe will turn out tasty when you make it :)

JAM*tacular said...

You know it, Brookie! You can have some when you come over tomorrow :)

Emmy, I added the TVP to lower the cost of the meal, while still adding servings :)


Dori said...

This would be my favorite also. Despite my rural limitations, we have a good tofu factory in my county and I get to order in fresh tofu. One of my local fav's.