BBQ Tempeh Sandwich with Coleslaw & Avocado

Can it just be summer already!?  The days are getting longer, the flip flops have had a couple outings, and baseball is here but I’m done with wearing a coat to the games.  So yea, I’ve been daydreaming about all things summer and it shows with what I’ve been craving.

This is the first of many summer recipes that I’ll be cooking up.  The marriage of a smokey barbecue sauce and a tangy coleslaw is simply divine.  Add in the avocado, put it between bread, and it’s heaven!  It’s important to get a stellar barbecue sauce and if you’re vegan, read the ingredients.  Some have worcestershire sauce in them and therefore can have anchovies (yes, many worcestershire sauces have anchovies).  Some BBQ sauces also have honey so heads up for those who may avoid that as well.  I love Stubb’s or Trader Joe’s Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce, which is pretty kickass.  Check out it’s 5 out 5 stars  review on this site loaded with reviews of barbecue sauces.

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Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

Tempeh

1/2 package of tempeh, sliced

Barbecue sauce

Coleslaw

2 Tbsp unsweetened almond or soy milk

2 tsp distilled white vinegar

1 tsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp vegan mayo, such as Earth Balance or Vegenaise

1 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp grated onion

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups shredded or chopped cabbage

1 small carrot, grated

Slice bread or roll

Avocado, mashed

Method

Place sliced tempeh in a shallow tupperware or dish.  Slather on the barbecue sauce with a brush (a small spatula or spoon will work) getting it all nice and coated. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour.

While it’s marinating, make your slaw.  This is also best if it has a little time to sit.  Mix your almond milk, vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl.  Give it a stir and let it sit for a 5 minutes.  Now whisk in your mayo, sugar, onion, salt and pepper.  Make any adjustments to suit your taste.  Add cabbage and carrot and toss to thoroughly coat.  Set in the fridge.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Take tempeh slices and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, flip pieces and bake another 10-12 minutes depending on how thin the tempeh is sliced and how crispy you want it.

Take some mashed avocado and spread on one or both slices of bread.  My favorite way to assemble is bread w/ avocado, tempeh, spread on a little extra barbecue sauce, coleslaw, bread w/ avocado.  Dig in!

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Grilled Avocado Sandwich

Tomato soup has a new BFF and doesn’t have cheese.  Glorious avocado steals the show in the tasty grilled sandwich.  Yea, yea grilled cheese sandwiches are awesome but this isn’t trying to replace it.  It is its own kind of awesome and it also pairs exceptionally well with tomato soup.  Of course you could add other things to the sandwich but I like to keep it simple, just a little S+P, maybe a dash of garlic powder, and all that rich, buttery avocado. Pair with some of this yummy tomato soup and enjoy!

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Makes one sandwich

Ingredients

2 slices of bread

3-4 Tbsp mashed avocado (about 1/4 of an avocado)

Salt and pepper to taste

Dash of garlic powder (optional)

Earth Balance vegan butter spread, room temp

Method

Heat skillet over medium heat (I use a cast iron skillet). Mix your mashed avocado with salt, pepper and garlic powder if using.  Spread butter on a slice of bread, on the other side spread on your avocado.  Place the other slice on top and spread with butter.  Cook in skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Quick Avocado Veggie Rollups with Hummus

 Here’s a super easy, fun vegetarian and vegan lunch idea. They go great with soup or have them as a snack.  They’re great for using up some veggies, so just use what you have on hand.  I just wish I had filled mine a bit more so next time I’ll add some more veggies.
Ingredients
Tortilla
Hummus
Whole Romaine Lettuce Leaves
Sliced Avocado
Matchstick Carrots
Thinly Sliced Red Onion
Method

Slightly warm your tortilla in the microwave.

Spread a layer of hummus over the entire tortilla.  Top with one layer of romaine lettuce, then top with remaining ingredients.  Roll up tightly then slice into sushi size pieces.

Southwest Black Bean Burger

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Makes 4 large burgers or 6 small

Ingredients

1/2 small onion, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne (optional)

1/3 cup pepitas

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup cooked brown rice

Salt and pepper to taste

Flour for dusting

Oil or cooking spray

Method

Add onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, and pepitas to a food processor.  Pulse several times until it all comes together.  Add remaining ingredients and pulse again until it comes together.  Do not over blend or the mixture can become too wet.  Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate 20-30 minutes to chill.  Once chilled it will be easier to handle.

Shape into 4 patties.  Lightly dust both sides of each patty in flour.

Heat lightly oiled skillet over medium heat.  Once hot, add burgers and cook a few minutes on each side until browned and heat through.