Tempeh Reuben Sandwich
Vegan, Wheat and Dairy Free
1985-2016. All rights reserved.
I created this recipe in the early 80's along with
my fellow cooks at Green Acres Macrobiotic Restaurant. Vegan recipes
were not easy not find at that time.
Tempeh is produced by a natural culture of
soybeans and sometimes other legumes, seeds, or grains. The process
is very similar to that by which cheese or yogurt are made. Tempeh
has a full-bodied, meaty texture and can be used as a main course
and substitute for animal foods in stews, soups, spreads, sushi or
sandwiches. It is readily available in natural foods stores. Tempeh
is high in protein and B vitamins. Buy organic
and non-GMO tempeh.
Tempeh needs to cook 20-25 minutes to be digestible. Many recipes
(even the package) will tell you to pan fry on each side a few
minutes. It will be very hard on your digestive system and will not taste good
either. And please never eat it raw. If you want it fried, first simmer in water with
minutes, drain and then fry. Kombu is a sea vegetable that makes all
beans and bean products easier to digest. It has no taste and I
recommend eating it.
One 8 ounce package organic
One small to medium onion
1-2 inch piece kombu seaweed
Sourdough Rye Bread (or your favorite)
Sesame Oil - I
like the toasted variety
1-2 cups natural sauerkraut
Island Dressing (optional)
2-3 tsp. wheat
free soy sauce
Vegan or goat
Cut tempeh into 2 inch squares and slice
in half down through center to make the slices thinner. Heat sesame
oil in a skillet and sauté onion a few minutes. Add tempeh slices
and brown on each side. Add a cup of water, soy sauce, and kombu.
Bring to a boil, turn down heat, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes.
Add sauerkraut and cook another 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
If there's a lot of water in the pan, cook uncovered at this point
to reduce it.
Spread bread with mustard, and place
tempeh, onions and sauerkraut on top. Add your favorite vegan or
goat cheese and enjoy. I like Trader Joe's brand of goat Gouda
cheese which tastes better than others I've had; and Daiya brand of
vegan cheese. Annie's makes a good vegan Thousand Island dressing.
Caraway seed makes
a nice addition. Sauté with the onions.
You can add more
water and thicken with kuzu or arrowroot to make this a stew. Serve
over your favorite whole, unprocessed grain.
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