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A Summer Meal

May 12, 2010

Hey guys! Sorry for the non-posting last night—we were playing cards until the wee hours of the night.

Or 9:30, but whatever.  That’s the wee hours to us.  🙂

Thanks for all of your great meal suggestions!  We decided to go with a meal that would match the sunny, summer weather:

Vegan sloppy Joes with potato salad and corn on the cob.

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Vegan Sloppy Joes


1 package tempeh

1 small white onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 can great Northern beans

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. molasses

1 tbsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. agave nectar

1 tsp. liquid smoke


If the taste of raw tempeh is too strong for you, you can steam the tempeh for about ten minutes for a milder taste.  Once tempeh is steamed, break apart in a mixing bowl with your hands or a fork until it reaches a consistency not unlike cooked hamburger.

Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and add onion, cooking for about 10 minutes.  Add red bell pepper and cook for another 5 minutes, until the veggies are softened and beginning to brown.  Add tempeh, beans, tomato sauce, and tomato paste and stir to incorporate. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer over low heat for another twenty minutes or more.

Serve on buns!

Vegan Potato Salad


2 pounds of waxy potatoes (you could use red or yellow; we used small yellow fingerlings)

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 small red onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

3 pickles, chopped

1/2 cup parsley, minced

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1/4 cup vegan mayo (we used Spectrum canola spread)

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1-2 tsp. Cajun seasoning (like Tony’s)

salt and pepper, to taste


Fill a large pot with water and set to boil for the potato, salting the water generously.  Cook potatoes until tender, about 8-10 minutes.  Once easily pierced by a fork, drain. 

Combine cooked potatoes with the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve, or serve immediately for warm potato salad.

Here are some pics of the cooking process for both:

Steaming the tempeh:

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Mmmmm….both of these were so good! Perfect summer fare!


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Sorry again for the late post…but I think it’s worth the wait!

I’m about to go walking with my mom, and then the day is pretty open until 4:00, when we’re baby-sitting Sophie.  Can’t wait to see that little nugget!

Hope you’re having a great day!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2010 2:33 pm

    The meal you guys prepared looks delicious!

  2. savoringsarah permalink
    May 12, 2010 2:43 pm

    I have a block of tempeh sitting in my fridge RIGHT NOW that I have been wondering what to do with. Thanks for the inspiration! Your potato salad is also beautiful!

  3. May 12, 2010 2:44 pm

    Ahh i can’t wait to try that recipe some time this Summer!

  4. May 12, 2010 2:55 pm

    Sometimes 930 feels like the wee hours of the night to me, too!

  5. May 12, 2010 3:19 pm

    I’ve acually never heard of sloppy joes before “finding” the blog world but your vegan version looks amazing!

  6. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    May 12, 2010 3:35 pm

    I have said this a million times, but seriously lady, your pictures are beautiful!

  7. May 12, 2010 3:56 pm

    That meal truly speaks summer! Looks so good!

  8. May 12, 2010 5:47 pm

    No worries on not posting – you were having fun and that’s what counts! So glad you posted this sloppy joe recipe. I was seriously thinking about them yesterday for some crazy reason too funny on the timing.

  9. May 12, 2010 6:11 pm

    Awh I LOVE playing cards! When I was in Upper 6th we used to play ALL lunchtime 😀 so addictive!

  10. May 12, 2010 8:38 pm

    It has been way too long since I’ve had a sloppy joe. Thank you for reminding me that they can be vegetarian too!!

  11. May 12, 2010 10:19 pm

    What an awesomely creative meal. And the pics are beautiful as usual. 🙂

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