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Vegetarian Tempeh Recipes

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Curious about tempeh or looking to try some new vegan tempeh recipes? Tempeh makes a great meat substitute in a variety of dishes. Here's a few of the most popular vegetarian and vegan tempeh recipes to try.

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1. Easy Barbecue Baked Tempeh

If you're looking for an easy vegetarian and vegan tempeh recipe to try, it doesn't get much easier than this. Pre-simmered tempeh is brushed with barbecue sauce and baked to crispy tangy perfection. It couldn't get easier. Use this easy barbecue baked tempeh recipe to fill up a vegetarian sandwich, or pile it up next to macaroni and cheese and cole slaw for a Southern-inspired comfort food meal.

2. Sweet and Sour Tempeh

Here, tempeh is transformed into a healthy vegetarian and vegan version of a Chinese restaurant favorite - sweet and sour. Tempeh simmers with pineapples and peppers in an easy homemade sauce of tangy vinegar and sugar. This is a great recipe to explore the versatility of tempeh as a substitute for meat in any number of dishes. Here, the sweet and sour tempeh is shown plated on a bed of Israeli couscous for a nutritious meal.

3. Vegetarian Tempeh Tacos

Tempeh makes a great meat substitute in basic dishes such as vegetarian tacos! This is a simple recipe which spruces up the tempeh with a quick preparation in Mexican flavors such as cumin and cilantro. Add the rest of the taco fixings, and mix yourself a margarita to accompany your south of the border, cholesterol-free feast.

4. Tempeh "Chicken" Salad

Most vegetarians enjoy the taste of mock chicken, and this tempeh recipe is no exception. It combines traditional chicken salad ingredients - including mayonnaise, celery and a touch of curry powder - with tempeh instead of chicken. Serve it on a bed of lettuce, or between lightly toasted bread for a chicken salad sandwich. This is one of those recipes that will do best made ahead of time, so it has plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator, allowing the tempeh to soak up all the flavors.

5. Vegetarian Tempeh Chili

Feeling like you need a protein boost? Vegetarian chili is always a high-protein dish, but adding tempeh in makes it even more so. The chewy texture of tempeh lends itself well as a stand-in for meat in any chili recipe, so toss some in to your favorite chili, or, try this tempeh chili recipe with lots of beans, spices and bell peppers. If you like meatless chili, here's another vegetarian tempeh recipe to try.

6. Tempeh Tomato and Vegetable Soup

Made with plenty of fresh carrots and topped with lightly sauteed tempeh, this tomato soup is a great light meal. Pair it with a crisp green salad and crusty garlic toast, or, for the kids, use it as a dipper for a vegetarian grilled cheese sandwich.

7. Tempeh fries!

Vegetarian fried tempeh sticks - tempeh fries!

Like French fries? Try tempeh fries! In this easy recipe, tempeh is breaded and lightly fried for a crunchy high-protein alternative to French-fries, which is particularly great for vegetarian and vegan kids! This recipe suggests dipping your fried tempeh sticks in a vegan curry-mayonnaise sauce, but you could also try these with ketchup, soy sauce or even barbecue sauce.

8. Tempeh teriyaki stiry-fry

A simple tempeh stir-fry with bell peppers and onions in a teriyak-based sauce. Pair it with Serve rice, noodles, quinoa, or another whole grain for a complete meal, or if you're in a hurry, use instant rice or quick-cooking rice noodles.

9. Tempeh Chipotle Burritos

Like other meat substitutes, tempeh works great as a filler in Mexican dishes such as burritos, tacos and enchiladas. This chipotle burrito recipe simmers the tempeh and beans in a spicy chile and chipotle sauce, then wraps up the mixture in a soft flour tortilla with the burrito fixings of your choice.

10. Breaded Tempeh Burger Patties

Crumbled steamed tempeh mixes with flavorful veggies, spices and breadcrumbs to make a homemade vegetarian tempeh patty that can be used to make veggie burgers, or topped off with a vegan tartar sauce and a side of mashed potatoes and veggies for a meat-like main dish. This simple vegetarian tempeh patty recipe is a great introduction to the versatility of cooking with tempeh.

11. Even more tempeh recipes

Vegetarian reuben sandwich made with tempeh

There's so many more ways to cook tempeh than I could possibly fit on this page! Here's a few more vegetarian and mostly vegan ways to prepare tempeh:

12. More vegetarian recipes

Loving tempeh? Might you also want to try TVP, vegetarian casseroles, vegan pizzas and meatless Thai food? If so, you'll want to browse through this collection of thousands of vegetarian recipes for everything you could possibly imagine, and a few creative and gourmet vegetarian recipes that you probably never could imagine! Pictured: Vegetarian lentil loaf recipe
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